Spent many hours on my bike as a kid growing up on a dairy farm. A must-have item to bike to the local swimming hole. Of course, on the country roads, we could ride for miles and never be passed by a car. Those places still exist but around Williamsburg, they are few. The few that still bike I assume have their insurance in good order to take on the vehicles with bumpers. Not much room for mistakes that a biker can survive, regardless of who made the mistake. Millions of dollars to build bike paths, but then we know the real fun is on the open road. It’s time to remove bikes from roads with speed limits greater than 25.
This is for the group of bicyclists complaining they were almost hit on Greensprings the other day. Maybe if you had been on the Capital Trail which was provided for you, 50 feet through the woods, you wouldn’t have had that problem. And secondly, you’d better read the rules of the road, because I don’t think pointing to the left is an indication that you’re going to make a left turn. That guy probably thought you were pointing to tell him to pass him. So, if you’re going to ride, know the rules of the road.
What a heart-felt experience this Friday afternoon, April 12, upon leaving Trader Joe’s parking lot. Another car cut across in front of me leading me to a scary stop. However, for the first time in many years, that driver circled the lot and slowly pulled up nearby. Monique, from her car window, began a sincere apology with tears in her eyes. “I am so sorry for what I did to you with my thoughts far away. Please, please forgive me.” This teacher did, holding her hands. I had cried enough in recent years over how too many drivers didn’t care anymore.
I went to the Tribe spring football game on Saturday. I don’t know who was in charge of the music before and sometimes on breaks during the game, but it had two problems: The volume was excessive and the selections were entirely hip-hop. Many Tribe fans are older people who don’t have an appreciation for hip-hop. I found it annoying and self absorbed. My advice: Turn down the volume and add some variety.
Paying for schools
To all of the callers who are whining about having to pay for public education in this country when they don’t have children in the schools, think of this: At some time in your life, 100 percent of you will be in the care of a nurse who was trained, initially, by our public schools. I, for one, want well-educated nurses.
In response to Don Winslow’s question on the editorial page of Saturday’s Gazette about when was the last time you had an attendant pump your gas for you: Anyone can have that happen, seven days a week, during normal business hours at either of the two gas stations in Lanexa, Va. Service still does exist.
I’m getting tired of people complaining about the post office. I’m 82 and I’ve never had a serious problem with the postal service. On the other hand, I’ve had a number of problems with FedEx and UPS, including delivery to the wrong address and very serious delays for packages.
I’d like to make the Virginia Department of Transportation aware that with the heavy rain we had on Saturday morning, there is noticeable silt runoff from the Interstate 64 widening project along Rochambeau headed toward the Williamsburg city water reservoir. Somebody forgot to put silt fence up at the discharge side of the drain pipes that run under Rochambeau.
The people who run the City of Williamsburg continue to be big spenders. The ridiculous argument that even though they are not increasing the property tax rate that an estimated 6% increase in assessed values is not a tax increase. Then they go on to tell us where they will spend the unexpected surplus. Same old, same old. How about lowering the property tax rate for a start? Seems we need a change in our local government.
Looking for …
To the person looking for ethanol-free gas: The closest service station is at Lanexa plaza on Route 60 just over the James City County line in New Kent. It is a great full-service gas station.
I am looking for someone for yard work at my home. Please leave your number in the Last Word. Thank you.
Can anyone recommend a good eye doctor in town to replace Dr. McMennamin? I know Target now has an optometrist adjacent to their Optical Department, which I believe offers AARP discounts. Would love to hear from some of you who have had good experiences with well-run offices. Thank you.
Thank you for printing the articles about restaurant inspections in the area and giving us the link to look up restaurants and their violations. We are paying a premium to eat out here with a13 percent tax, so we expect our food to be safe and prepared in a clean environment by handlers who have been trained and are healthy. It was interesting that the chain restaurants did better, in general, than the smaller, family-owned places. Usually, the chains have training protocol in place. Congratulations to Cracker Barrel and the others who had no violations in 2018. From now on, I will only eat at places with a good track record of inspections.
Thank you for your health coverage inspections in the paper. Where did you ever get the courage to do this? Bless you! I am a former public health nurse and supervisor. I’ve lived here for 24 years and it’s just been outrageous — some of the offenses in the restaurants. I called the Board of Health many times to no effect. I congratulate you for your courage to do this. You’ve done a great public health service.
Reply to Last Word comment. "Spring Has Sprung, The grass has riz, Use WAZE APP and you'll know where radar is." LOL
Ecuador kicked Julian Assange out of their embassy in London because of his stinky cat and Assange will soon be in a U.S. prison begging for a deal. It would be poetic justice if Trump is brought down because someone was too cheap to change kitty litter.
Feeding the hungry
Before Jesus was crucified, he taught his followers to lay up their treasures in Heaven and not on Earth. He taught them to use their treasures to help others in need. Too many Christians have been misled by false prophets in sheep’s clothing to use their treasures to build houses of worship on Earth, which will decay. Jesus taught for three years to feed the hungry and care for people in need with their treasures.
Just a wave
Great to see the flowers and trees blooming. And to see everyone enjoying their strolls. I have one thing to add and that is I want all walkers and joggers to wave to each other and to all the vehicles on the road. Besides your friends and neighbors, wave especially to the school buses and workers. Wave with a smile. I can assure you it will make their day.
The reaction by white, liberal-Democratic “NIMBYS” to President Trump’s half-joking threat to settle illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities shows the level of hypocrisy that exists in that party. They love humanity— as long as they are not forced to rub shoulders with individuals therein.
Since our president thinks it’s a smart idea to drop busloads of illegal immigrants into cities that are controlled by Democratic governments, maybe he should take a look at the 14thAmendment and spread these illegal immigrants equally across the country, hopefully in cities that need labor.
No water here
I have a well and live miles from public water service (domestic or fire hydrant). Yet, every few weeks, Dominion Energy sends me an ad for waterline service insurance. Just another example of Dominion inefficiency.
One of the joyous things about Pete Buttigieg’s run for the Democratic nomination for the president is it’s going to make many American Christians, finally, grasp and deal with the question: are they going to be inclusive or are they going to continue to be hateful of people whose sexual identities are different from theirs?
On leaving coaching
My very Last Word is that maybe it’s better to go out an admired and respected coach, on top after 16 years, than it is to flame out, like the football coach did. Thank you.
Up in Washington
Trump says he is smart. Then he should know that the word “shall” has never been defined as “will not” and will be hard pressed to find a judge or judges to agree with his definition in regards to his tax returns.
Twenty-five percent of insulin users have skimped in the last year to stay alive and all Trump can do is say he will fight to the death to keep his tax returns from the public.
I really don’t understand how anybody can believe anything the president says. He recently stated that he knows nothing about Wikileaks after he shouted his admiration and support for the organization during his campaign. It’s scary that he has either lost his memory of his documented statements or that he believes his base will ignore his lack of honesty. The leader of our country is completely devoid of ethics and lives in an adolescent bubble of his own creation. There is no excuse for the people who cheer his mean-spirited rambling lies at his rallies. Who are these people?
Last Saturday morning I had to go to Walmart Marketplace with my 9-month-old daughter. Of course it was raining, and carrying a baby carrier and umbrella is just about impossible. Baby was well-covered, mama was not. To my surprise, a kind young boy with a huge umbrella and a smile ran over and walked us into the store. On our way out, he ran over again, covering us with the umbrella and I made it to my car without being soaked. There was a group of men and boys doing the same for anyone without an umbrella. I wanted so badly to go say hi, chat and thank them, but I was moved to tears. I sat in my car and cried tears of happiness and warmth, thinking these are good men raising boys to be the next generation of good men.
Thank you to the bartender at Two Drummers for finding my husband’s wallet and calling us.
Thank you to whomever left the miniature daffodils by my garage on Lake Powell on Brookwood Drive. How very kind of you. Thank you so much.
Thank you to the Williamsburg Players for your ticket donations and service to the community. We loved your last play.
The Parish Council of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of community support for our Friday evening Lenten fish fry events. We are grateful and humbled.