Last Word on Busch Gardens, April 18

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There is a possibility that a full-sized Sesame Place Park will be added to Busch Gardens here. It would be built on the site of the current “France” parking lot, the article says. Well, that is the handicapped parking and premier parking lot now. Those of us who can’t get up onto a tram would have an impossible time coming to the park if our close access to the entrance is taken away. My suggestion is to make all the buses that park in “England” park across Route 60 and haul all the children over on trams. Then make “England” partially the handicapped parking. Why should the children, of whom most can just hop on the tram with no problem, have the closest access? It will mean the difference of whether a lot of us buy those annual memberships.

Sales tax increase

Ok, so I just spent two days in Greenville, S.C. The hotel taxes totaled $10.92 per night. There was an occupancy tax, a county tax, a convention and tourism tax and the best one, a bed tax. Currently, the Herndon area of Northern Virginia charges a county occupancy tax of $9.94 per night. So how is it that Tommy Norment and the city of Williamsburg are scared to charge tourists fees in this range to fund actual tourism and think it is appropriate to gouge local taxpayers year round with the "Tommy tax”? Can any of these people who think this new sales tax idea is a better solution explain to me why, and either not do a Pinocchio or keep a straight face?

I think John McGlennon, James City supervisor, is owed a thank you for approaching Tommy Norment and asking him to drop the new tax on groceries. We shouldn't make it impossible for lower-income people to feed their families.

As the city elections are uncontested this year, perhaps a way to convey to council your thoughts regarding the sales tax increase would be to use the write-in candidate slot to state "No Sales Tax Increase."

Looking for …

Does anyone know where you can get brass items polished? Thanks!

I was in an accident at 9:30 a.m. April 11 on Interstate 64 headed east between miles 242 and 243. I was in the passing lane and a truck came over and smashed me up against the wall. If anybody saw the truck, a name on it or a tag number, please call me at 757-645-1894 as soon as possible. Thank you and have a nice day.

We recently posted in The Virginia Gazette about our lost poodle. We found her last Friday. Someone posted in the Last Word about how concerned they were and wanted to know if “Baby” had been found. She is home and well. Thank you.

In response to the person asking where to get free air in tires: I have discovered that auto service centers provide this. I have gotten my tires filled for free at Merchant's Tire and Auto on Second Street and American Pride Automotive on Airport Road (thank you!). Pull up in front of the building. If no one comes out to meet you right away, go inside and ask.

I recently noticed a small lever on the left side of my car’s steering wheel. I have had the car for many years, but never realized this lever was there. When the lever is moved, there is a strange clicking noise and arrows light up on the instrument panel. I am baffled regarding what the purpose of this might be, if anyone knows, please share. Thanks.

Thank you

I want to express my appreciation to the nurses at the New Town Coumadin Clinic for the TLC they expended to my wife, Gale.

Really good show

Thank you to the library and Boxwood music. The Boxwood group that played recently was outstanding. What incredible musicianship. Gorgeous music, feet tapping, unusual but also familiar — wonderful! Thank you to whoever found and brought them to us. We can't wait until their next concert here.

I had the pleasure of seeing the Williamsburg Players' production “Anne of Green Gables.” What a delight! I encourage anyone who is young at heart or needs a good dose of the elixir of youth to uplift their hearts to see this lovely play. I would like to particularly recognize the young actresses who played young Anne and young Diana; brava, ladies! You had me shedding tears of mirth and I have enjoyed replaying young Diana's expressions and exclamations in my mind whenever I've needed a chuckle this week. I hope that we will see more of these young ladies and the rest of this wonderful cast in coming productions.

Longest mile

It is a total shame that in an otherwise reliable car, my Toyota Matrix's odometer froze at 299,999 miles. Toyota's response seems to be "it was designed that way". Now I have to replace the entire cluster at a cost far above my ability to pay because they installed a faulty instrument cluster. Shame on Toyota.

I read in the papers this past week that the third phase of the widening of Interstate 64 toward Richmond will start this fall. From the article, it’s also the final phase of the widening of I-64, which is a shame because residents of James City County pay the 1-cent transportation fund tax, and I-64 should be widened through James City County as far as the New Kent line. Then Sen. Norment can impose the “Tommy tax” on New Kent and Henrico counties and the city of Richmond, and they can continue widening I-64 as needed all the way to I-295 in Richmond.

Hummingbirds!

To all hummingbird lovers: They are back. My husband was refilling a feeder that we keep out all year round when a hummingbird flew near and hovered there until he hung it back up and then got a drink. We have seen him or another one since then, too. So get out your feeders.

Sanctuary cities

Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed a bill to prohibit the formation of “sanctuary cities.” Why would any citizen want to limit cooperation between local police and immigration agents to remove illegal aliens from our communities? Time to restore law and order and stop the flow of illegals into our country. Build the wall!

Our TV shows on the major networks have become deplorable with forcing their leftist, liberal views on us. A recent episode of “Gray’s Anatomy” showed an ICE agent as being stupid and being forced to follow our immigration laws. Well, we are a nation based on our laws; we don’t have the right to pick the ones to follow. This goes especially for sanctuary cities, and any mayor or governor who breaks federal law should be prosecuted.

Panhandlers

In regards to the panhandler and his dog: I’m sure this man does what he can for his dog as he’s doing for himself. Apparently, times are tough for him right now. I guess your message would be the same if he had a child out there with him, who was hungry and starving. You’d want to lock him up and take away his child, simply because he’s on hard times. Let’s just do that; charge him with a felony and lock him up, then take his dog and send it to the pound, essentially locking it up too. I don’t agree with the panhandling at these intersections, but perhaps a helping hand would do more good than harm. Get the man a job or a place to live … do something positive. You never know; that could perhaps be you and your family one day.

Panhandlers, like children and dogs, are trained to respond to reward or punishment. By giving loose change to a panhandler, you are rewarding him and he will continue standing in the middle of the intersection with his hand out for more money. Stop rewarding him for begging and like a child. He will stop doing it and move on. A dog will keep bringing the ball back for a treat only as long as you feed him a treat.

The comment about the panhandler on Monticello Avenue with the dog was extremely concerned about the well-being of the dog’s respiratory system and commented upon how that is "animal cruelty." There was no mention of the plight of the "human tragedy" exposed on that corner or any health/well-being concerns of the person at that corner. Was your only concern for the "puppy"? Not the person? Did the commenter offer any relief to help that person and puppy or only rejoice in a critical mock horror to the scene in front of him/her? I view your comment as appalling and shallow.

Nuisance calls

Sentry is an effective device that connects simply to a land line. Recorded messages are eliminated after the first ring. Telemarketers and other nuisance callers are told to go away. Others with legitimate business are told to “Press zero” and are shunted to another entry mode. Legitimate callers can be saved for clean entry thereafter. Two drawbacks: Callers cannot be pre-approved, must be OK’d after a call, and there is no facility for call saving. It can be temporarily disconnected if you are expecting an important call. Available online. There are several versions. Mine is Sentry V1.0 by Tel-Sentry, the cheapest at $39. It works just fine. Best $39 I ever spent.

I have Verizon for my cellphone, and the caller ID feature is just about nonexistent. Out-of-town companies I do business with call me with no caller ID shown. It is a gamble whether to answer such calls or not, because so many times it is someone trying to sell me a vacation or get me to divulge information. Today, my medical supply company called and said they’d been trying to get me. I hadn’t answered because there was no caller ID and I did not recognize the number. I blamed that on the company, but the representative said it was Verizon who refused to display their number on caller ID. What is up with that? It is hard to sort out the scam callers without caller ID.

Recommended

Many thanks to Alona at Smart Bodies Pilates for providing me with a solution to my chronic back pain. Through her Scoliosis Rehab Program, she has been able to determine exactly how my spinal misalignment and degenerative disk disease are causing my pain, as well as giving me the tools to relieve it. Her kind, caring, individual approach along with her knowledge and understanding of the human body, are unlike any other program or doctor I’ve tried. She has significantly improved my quality of life. Thanks so much, Alona. You’re a gem! Call or text 757-603-2923.

Cognetti's Plumbing just finished a big job for us and we couldn't be happier. He's honest, fair, professional and knows the business inside out. He can be reached at 757-342-1436.

My husband and I just downsized to a smaller house. As part of our move, we had eight dining room chairs, a wingback chair and an ottoman recovered. Debbie at Savvy Swatch on Second Street (253-0216) gave me excellent advice on fabrics, allowing me all the time I needed to carry samples back and forth from my house to her store. Her patience is extraordinary, her taste impeccable. Once I made up my mind, her shop carried out the job to perfection. This is the second time I have used Savvy Swatch, and I will return there when we sit out the bottoms of our dining room chairs again.

Dan's Tree Service did a fantastic job of removing fallen limbs and smaller trees from my undeveloped backyard. They hauled the debris to the street and put it through a large grinder. The crew went above and beyond to avoid damaging my sprinkler heads and landscaping with their small front loader. Great job, Dan and company.

She’s back! My favorite barber in Williamsburg: Stephanie. She opened in Sola Salon on at 5140 Main St, next to Blaze Pizza.

For the individual seeking an introductory American Sign Language class: The James River Baptist Church at 4821 Centerville Road is holding a three-month introductory ASL class from 6-8 p.m. beginning April 24. Future classes will be one hour long. The class is open to anyone interested in learning basic sign language skills for a nominal fee of $20 plus the cost of the textbooks. For more information, call Connie Lowry at 757-871-7620.

Post office travels

The post office in downtown Williamsburg has the best, most helpful and courteous employees. Kudos to those responsible for training. Perhaps the postmaster there could be retained to give lessons to personnel in the satellite post offices. I have to pass two other post offices to do business at the downtown office, but it is well worth the extra hassle to not have to put up with challenges and slowness of the other post offices.

Up in Washington

Ever since Speaker Ryan took over from John Boehner, he has been a pretty face doing nothing for the American people. Rather than wait to leave Congress in January, he should do the manly thing and leave today. He has done nothing in the last year and a half and should leave before he does something destructive.

President Xi of China has rolled back some tariffs, for instance, on cars. So evidently, something is working for President Trump, not that we can say for previous presidents, especially Obama’s line in the sand. Sorry.

One year after our president launched "Wag the Dog 1.0" to distract the press from his domestic problems, he ordered "Wag the Dog 2.0" to distract the press from the legal problem his "fixer" is in after it has been revealed that the Steele Dossier's report that Cohen met with Russians in Prague is true. Mr. Trump, please keep digging and you'll be in so deep no lies will save you.

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