Last Word on Medicaid expansion, April 25

Medicaid expansion

Medicaid Expansion for Virginia has already been paid for by our taxes under the Affordable Care Act. It is fiscally responsible to draw federal funds to finance Medicaid expansion. Virginia has already left $10.5 billion for this on the table. The state now pays half for Medicaid services. That would change to 8 percent if the state legislature puts Medicaid expansion in the budget. Federal funds would pay the remaining 92 percent. The most Virginia would pay is 10 percent in 2020 and stay there. If federal funding falls below 90 percent, there is a kill switch that would end the program. Sen.Tommy Norment suggesting Virginia would be stuck with the bill for funding Medicaid expansion if federal funds fall below 90 percent is not accurate. In his district alone, 4,600 people without health insurance would be able to access health care. The time is now to pass Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

Great performance

Lafayette High School Theater Department, congratulations! “Mary Poppins” was awesome. Everyone did a fantastic job.

W&M direction

As a College of William and Mary alumnus and Williamsburg resident, my disappointment continues to grow with the direction of the college. Jim Comey lecturing on ethics; course credit for a class on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in hip-hop; drug bust involving a professor, eight students and a college employee; Lavender Graduation Ceremony; never ending requests for money. And what a value for $37,000 in-state and $58,000 out-of-state. Let’s hope the upcoming change in leadership will result in a change in direction.

Yorktown changes

Sarah O’Hara’s letter in the April 15 Gazette about changes in the Yorktown historic area not being an improvement was right on target. The York Board of Supervisors appears intent on destroying the essence of Yorktown’s special significance in our nation’s history. The results of their special-use permits to skirt their own zoning rules (regulations the BOS claimed would protect Historic Yorktown) is allowing and encouraging inappropriate structures and inappropriate uses of buildings to destroy the unique charm of Yorktown’s historic core. O’Hara is right: York County taxpayers and voters need to wake up before this BOS destroys Yorktown Village.

Gas prices

As I daily watch the price of gasoline creep upwards toward the levels where it was during the George W. Bush administration, I realize about 10 cents a gallon is because of switch to the summer-grade gasoline, but the bulk of it is because we have a reckless and irresponsible president who is threatening World War III and the markets are scared.

Looking for …

I'm looking for a hydration pack that I can use to fill my dog’s bowl with water on long walks. Most I've seen have a suction valve and I would like the water to just drain. I'm tired of carrying bottled water around. Thanks.

Deep Creek Metal Works (757-595-8924 or 757-254-6973) Charles Deffenbaugh does excellent work with brass. Both items that he repaired and polished were beautifully done.

For brass polishing, check out the Lamp and Gifts Shop at 689 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. Phone 757-595-1314. They do an excellent job. They were referred by a friend and I have used them recently and am very pleased.

Is there a car wash in Williamsburg that adds a rust inhibitor to the undercarriage water?

Blocking calls

Regarding the question of blocking land line calls, we have had great success with two systems. Both are Voice-over-Internet or VoIP. They use your wireless internet connection rather than a true copper wire phone line. However, they act just like a landline. When we lived in Chesterfield County, we used Verizon FiOS VoIP. We can't get FiOS where we live so we use Cox Wi-Fi with the Ooma service: ooma.com. Both are 100 percent effective. I believe OOMA with Cox Wi-Fi cost us less. Also, you have to renew on the Do Not Call Registry every year. It was good the first couple of years after the government implemented it. However, it has now become worthless. And, wasn't it "nice" of them to exempt political calls and charities?

Hummingbirds, revisited

A correction about the hummingbirds in a recent Gazette: My husband said he had not yet hung the feeder up; he was still holding it and the hummingbird flew up and drank from it while he was holding it. I have had that happen too, many times. Try it and see what happens.

Williamsburg library

What a fabulous library we have. However, I wish their documentary DVDs could circulate better. They are allowed to be kept for four weeks. That means others may have to wait months. Please let the library know of your concern if you also would like them to shorten the time an individual can borrow a documentary DVD to one week. This is the same as for feature film DVDs. If no one else requests it, the borrower can renew for a longer time. Seems fair.

Guns

I don't think the person who sarcastically called for banning cars because more people are killed by cars thought his cunning analogy through. For one thing, there are more cars on the road and in constant use than there are people using their guns. But more importantly, motor vehicles are highly regulated. You have to pass a test to be licensed to drive one and your license has to be renewed and the personal information kept up to date. Motor vehicles are licensed as well. This means both the driver and the vehicle are in a database, something gun owners are resistant to. Also, you are restricted in what type of vehicle you can operate. For example, you can't decide one day that you want to drive a semi on the road without training and obtaining a CDL. If the writer wants to treat gun ownership the same way driver's licenses and vehicle registrations are handled, then I'm all for it. Let's treat them the same.

Scholarships

As graduations will soon be taking place, I hope Williamsburg’s organizations consider granting scholarships to those in real need. The Gazette showed a photo of someone from CIAO (Colonial Italian American Organization) presenting a check to a student from a prestigious and expensive private school. I’m sure the student earned the grant, but so do low-income public school children.

Too much crime

I seem to be one of the few people in this country that doesn't find crime entertaining, whether it is in video or the news, fake or not. I've stopped watching TV news because it reports on violent crimes, corn dog festivals, traffic delays, and ignores local politics unless there is a scandal. I subscribe to several online video services and mostly they offer violent, criminal, murderous, and horrific videos.

Grocery shopping

Perhaps I’ve missed a response to the Farm Fresh patron who lamented that they didn’t know where, nearby, they could grocery shop. Several years ago, I switched to the Food Lion in Norge behind the CVS, which has beautiful produce, is always so clean — it has the very nicest and most helpful people around. I hope this person will try the Food Lion. Thank you.

Longest Mile

I guess you didn't realize your Toyota (at 299,999 miles) has reached its end of life. Microsoft does the same with their operating systems, but they use "time" rather than "miles." At EOL, you are expected to trash the item and buy a new one. New operating systems normally require a new computer system because of hardware compatibility. So, Microsoft wins, HP wins and, of course, in the case of cars, Toyota wins. Losers: Consumers. Hope your new Toyota makes it to 299,999 miles like the old one.

Recommended

I was so pleased to see a reader compliment Cognetti Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in a recent Last Word. We have used Cognetti many times and also appreciate this father-son team's professionalism. 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. However, I want to correct the phone number that was printed, which was off by one digit. The correct number is 757-342-1456.

A new chiropractor has opened up an office in Williamsburg. Dr. Steven Ruescher has been in practice in Portsmouth for 25 years and is opening part-time in Williamsburg now that he lives in this area. He is at 5248 Olde Towne Road, Suite 7, 757-345-3838. He is a wonderful, caring doctor. Give him a try.

Finally we have a Greek restaurant in the area. Kephi Greek Kitchen is at 1635 Richmond Road, 757-378-5780. It is open for lunch and dinner. What a wonderful new and refreshing restaurant. The food is wonderful and the staff is so pleasant and helpful.

Placebo, please

So the placebo effect works (commentary 4-14-18). So why not start with a placebo? None of those killer side effects that fill pages accompanying expensive "real" drugs. To read/hear that possible side effects can be same or worse than the disease or malady treated makes disregard of placebos puzzling — and suspicious.

Road worries

They’re getting ready to start phase 3 on Interstate 64. I have a suggestion to the state police. I know they try to control the traffic and the speed, but because of the danger to themselves and the public, they can’t do a very good job. So what they need to do is put radar with a camera on it and mount it on the side of the road so they could get every speeder who’s running 75 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone. They’ll make plenty of money for the state without an additional $500 to help pay for the road. Thank you.

Water supply

James City County lets Newport News Water Works take 100 percent of water from the upper Diascund Creek, 100 percent of water from Little Creek (both feeders of the Chickahominy), and often take up to 100 percent of from the Chickahominy at Walker's Dam. Now, JCC wants to take more from the Chickahominy by building a withdrawal and purification plant near its mouth into the James — and that plant would be built partially on wetlands. Comparing relative sizes, the swamp of JCC government makes the Washington swamp look like a mere puddle.

Thank you

A big thank you to the person who paid my grocery bill at the Food Lion on Richmond Road April 18. I will pass your good deed forward.

Thank you to Grove Christian Outreach for their great Volunteer Appreciation Week. I feel very spoiled. Thank you to everyone who contributes and donates. Thanks to the workers and the clients. It's truly a joy and blessing to be a part of a great team and body of people.

Up in Washington

I'm surprised by the recent letter expressing shock and distress when late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel poked light-hearted fun at Melania Trump's accent. All credit to Melania's good heart for reading to the children at the White House Easter egg roll, but anyone who fails to crack a smile listening to the clip has no sense of humor. Of course, the letter revealed itself to be more about politics than humor. It echoed Fox's Sean Hannity, who has condemned the joke about the First Lady as part of an ongoing feud with Kimmel. This is the same Hannity who mocked the previous First Lady for years. So, please, let's spare the distress. Whatever their true convictions, Hannity and Kimmel are in the same business: Entertainment. And this dispute serves both their interests.

Interesting in the Obama-Romney debate when Romney said Russia was our biggest worry, Obama insinuated he was out of touch. From all that has been happening with Russia during the past few years, looks like it was Obama who was out of touch.

Just read that Scott Taylor, in lock-step with the GOP, voted to kill a bid to force debate on an amendment to the Balanced Budget Amendment. The Dems were looking to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from deep cuts every year if the Balanced Budget Amendment was added to the Constitution. Confused? Concerned? Meanwhile, big tax cuts to corporations and the upper 3 percent.

President Trump has never had an original idea. “Make America great again” was Ronald Reagan’s slogan. And the most recent proof of my accusation is Trump’s “Mission accomplished” on Saturday. George W. Bush said that when Bagdad fell, and we know how that mission ended up because we’re still there, 16 years later.

Lordy, our venerable president has said he needs more time in order to file his 2017 federal tax return. Also, he said he couldn’t file his 2016 tax return because he was under audit. He further said, “I can’t file any prior tax returns because I’m under audit.” So which of three choices should we go for? It looks to me like he is evading the question and it gets more important every day to get his tax return.

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