Last Word on feeding the birds, April 27

Help the hummers

Please do not add any honey to your hummingbird feeders. Use table sugar rather than honey to make hummingbird food; when honey is diluted with water, bacteria and fungus thrive in it. The normal mixture, especially ideal during hot or dry weather, is 1/4 cup of sugar per cup of water. Nectar in flowers is clear, after all, and red food coloring may be harmful for hummingbirds.

Don’t miss it

Don’t miss the new Colonial Williamsburg “Visit a Nation-Builder” encounter at the outdoor Charlton Stage on Thursday afternoons. Actors representing Ann Wager, headmistress of the first official school for African Americans, and a young and enslaved Gowan Pamphlet, newly ordained Baptist minister, have vastly different opinions about faith formation in children. The script is very well written and relevant for today, as dedicated individuals from divergent backgrounds confront their different beliefs and choose a path toward understanding. A general admission ticket or Good Neighbor Pass will get you in.

Opioid lessons

Recently, I visited an emergency room for acute bronchitis. After being observed and examined, they called in a few prescriptions for me. When I asked what those prescriptions were, they said, “Hydrocodone.” When I asked why they would prescribe an opioid for bronchitis, they replied, “because of your chest pain.” I denied that I had any chest pain now or previously. They just said, “Well, you don’t have to fill it.” I didn’t fill it, but a week later I spoke in person with the director of the ER and asked why it was so easy to be prescribed an opioid when I obviously didn’t need it. She said she would get back to me after an investigation. It’s now been four months and I still haven’t heard anything. Haven’t our doctors learned yet that they are the ones fanning the flames of opioid addiction?

It’s the little things

Happy days are here again! The Walmart store in the neighborhood has Blue Bell Ice Cream. Yea!

Power lines

An appeals court months ago judged the Dominion towers on the James River to be in violation because the permit to build them was invalid and was withdrawn. It’s interesting how quiet the news is about what is to become of the towers. Since Dominion is one of the largest political donors in Virginia, one can imagine what is happening behind closed political doors. Why didn’t Dominion just put the wires under the water?

New house

It was wonderful to see the proposal for a home to be built on Scotland Street across from a grade school, where a home had been years ago. With the city continuing to allow businesses to take over downtown homes and property owners keeping empty lots, the healthy mix of inhabitants and shops doesn’t happen. Homes inhabited by full-time residents will be much more supportive of a lively downtown than “overnight visitors” or vacant lots. Please, City Council, bring life back downtown and let the couple build their home.

Nothing has been said about the Civil War troops that are buried on the land that may be rezoned on Scotland Street. How do we know that CW found all the graves there?

After having read the Planning Commission report regarding the proposal for one couple to purchase a portion of CW property and build a new reproduction home in the colonial area, I am adamantly against that proposal. As a few members pointed out, it would open a Pandora’s box and set an unfortunate precedent of people looking to chip away at a sensitive historic treasure for a unique experience that benefits no one but the buyer. Wouldn't most of us like to live in the Historic Area? You bet. But CW should not make an exception for just one interested party. The buffer zone around the Historic Area needs to be preserved. I once owned some land next to CW on First Street and wanted to make changes to the property to include a colonial-style wall along the boundary. The request was denied by the late Mr. Hungerman of CW, but in conversations with him he explained his reasons to my satisfaction. I admit there may be some envy on my behalf about how neat it would be to own a home right in the colonial town, but didn't most of us come here to help preserve that history and not alter it for our own personal showcase? I would encourage townspeople to voice their opinion in this matter.

CW post office

From what they’re saying, not only has CW closed their post office, they have now discontinued issuing the old cancellation. Many people look forward to receiving mail with that unique cancellation. I don’t know what direction they’re going in. I am so disappointed. Editor’s note: While the post office has closed, the hand cancellation is available at The Prentis Store on Duke of Gloucester Street, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Payday loans

Shame on the General Assembly again for not fulfilling its responsibility to protect citizens from payday lenders. A private organization has had to step up and address an issue the GA should have dealt with years ago. The Virginia Poverty Lawsuit Center is suing several payday lenders who are hiding behind American Indian tribes while charging Virginia citizens as much as 919% interest on payday loans. It has always amazed me that when legislation such as the “Tommy Tax” comes up, it breezes right through without discussion or citizen input. But something like payday lending, which has been on the table for years and has had an extended period of discussion and citizen input, still remains in the “too hard” box for the General Assembly.

What a scam!

I just got a phone call from a guy who said I won $7,000,000 in the mega millions sweepstakes. All I had to do was buy a certain stamp for $7,500 and then present the receipt for the stamp when they showed up with the $7,000,000 check. Boy, I hope nobody’s going to fall for this one.

A map, please

The Pottery on Richmond Road keeps advertising items as being in Building A, B, C, etc. However, when you are at the Pottery looking for Building B, there are no signs on the buildings to show which one is that particular building. Why refer us to a building if you do not label the building? If there is a sign or sketch or legend somewhere on the property showing each building, I have yet to find it.

Looking for …

Can anyone tell me where the Williamsburg “Cars and Coffee” meet up is now being held? It used to meet at the Food Lion Shopping Center on Route 199 on the third Saturday of each month.

I’m looking for someone to do a termite inspection on my home and a person who is capable of doing treatment of the home to prevent any termites after it. Thank you.

Keys found early Sunday morning, April 21, on The Maine near the Greensprings Road intersection. Please call 570-4776 if you think they might be yours. Thank you.

I’m responding to the Last Word about private swim lessons. I am WSI-certified through the Red Cross and am interested in doing the private lessons. My phone number is 770-367-5168.

Is there a vet clinic in Williamsburg or the area that does spaying and neutering for puppies? Please call 757-788-4063. Thank you.

I’m looking for a men’s consignment shop that sells and takes in men’s upscale clothing. Thank you.

Share the road

This is in response to the commenter who defended the cyclist's hand signals, but then said "they should be using the trail." I keep hearing this sentiment and don't understand it. Why should cyclists in the area only use the trail when the law says they can ride in the road? My husband, a cyclist, health care provider, taxpayer and one of the most respectful people you will meet, has been verbally and almost physically abused by anti-cyclist drivers in Williamsburg. Don’t we have bike lanes everywhere to encourage people not to drive their gas guzzling SUVs and trucks a few minutes down the road? Based on my frequent encounters with inconsiderate and dangerous drivers in Williamsburg, the issue isn’t the cyclists.

Sanctuary cities

I’m wondering if the person realizes that the immigrants who come here from the southern border are delivered and bussed to many different cities throughout the United States, now and have been. Obama did it, and the government of that state or city has no say in it. You probably didn’t go online and find out how many have been delivered to Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan or New Mexico. The government has the right to do that, and they have been doing it for many years. So just to go back to sanctuary cities, saying that they’re a place that they are welcome, why not send them there? Let them go there first. I think that was a really smart idea.

Water problems

Is anyone else having the issue of JCC water having high levels of solids, calcium and strong odors of chlorine? We have always had some issues, but lately it is extreme, many solids in the water, and independent testing of our water puts us in the poor quality for drinking, and as far as using for washing machines, spigots, dishwashers and anything water related, it wears them out much quicker and causes many costly repairs. I have seen our water bills nearly double in the past four years and more rate increases are coming this year. In our house, we drink bottled water or we filter the water, both costly alternatives to already costly water.

Child control

What happened to good, old time, free, child control? I continually hear and read ads for items with costly "Auto Child Control." It used to be that an order of "No" or "Don't touch it" was given. In the event of disobedience, there was automatic paddling and removal of privileges — with no cost involved.

Goodwin Square

What, if anything, makes sense about the proposed Goodwin Square Project? Oh wait, they did change out the permanent large screen to one that is temporary. Whew! Well, that makes a big difference. Where is the outrage about this? I believe we are heading off in the wrong direction, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

Background checks

As a concealed gun permit holder, I would readily agree to sensible universal safety background checks; however, this must come with national reciprocity for my permit. Currently, there are different gun laws for all states and even some cities within those states. If I‘ve been vetted by the federal government, then my permit should be honored by all states and cities.

Speedy delivery

I mailed my granddaughter in Winchester a hand-drawn birthday card and check on April 15. As of Saturday, April 20, it had not arrived, five days later. I hope it isn’t lost because I spent a long time drawing it so she would have something special. An Easter card I sent my great granddaughter on Tuesday to the same address has not arrived. Where is the hang up?

Road worries

I travel the stretch of road along Longhill from Olde Towne past the Route 199 intersection several times a day. Since work began on the massive tree cutting, any light synchronization or sensitivity to traffic of the four signals within that mile and a half seems to have disappeared. The intersection causing the most significant backup is Williamsburg West and the entrance to Regency. Often, the light turns red on Longhill even when there are no cars in the intersection. Often, the traffic delays occur when traffic is relatively light.

Am I the only one who’s lost two windshields to construction debris along Interstate 64? Who is negligent here? Is it the state for not requiring the prime contractor to sweep the area? Or is it the contractor for not doing the job properly?

I was traveling east on Route 199 yesterday at about 2:30 p.m. The traffic was backed up from Jamestown Road all the way to Monticello; after Jamestown Road it opened up. The traffic lights at Jamestown Road need to be adjusted. I often run into traffic getting through that intersection, but this is the first time it was backed up past John Tyler.

Income taxes

Thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, the number of corporations that will pay nothing has doubled. This while we borrow more than a trillion dollars to pay for the roads they transport their products, schools where we educate their workforce and military protection.

I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I am a taxable citizen who paid a great deal more in taxes this year than before. No money to enjoy, Mr. Trump.

Every Democrat is crying to see President Trump’s tax return. However, if there was an issue with it, the IRS would have already taken action.

Mueller report

The hallmark of any religious dogma is that it's not falsifiable. No countervailing evidence — even evidence which directly and unambiguously disproves the dogma's core tenets — will ever be accepted. So it goes with the Trump/Russia cult. Collusion "Truthers" have now adopted "Authoritarianism" as their new mantra. Apparently, they were asleep during the Obama administration assault upon the Constitution, our civil liberties and the rule of law.

Finally it has come out through Sarah Sanders' testimony under oath to the Mueller investigation that, yes, she has lied to the American people from the podium in the White House newsroom. No surprise to those Americans who pay attention to the world around them.

If you, your neighbor or employer did what Trump did, you would be on your way to jail.

One can say that President Trump was guilty of obstruction, but I think in the same sense any sane, fair-minded person would say that President Obama will be shown to have criminal offenses attributed to him.

I read Mr. Knupp’s commentary and my initial reaction was to write a rebuttal commentary; however, common sense did prevail. Collusion "truthers" will latch on to anything to prolong the fairy tale. Those folks are like a doomsday cult, so emotionally invested that they are fundamentally incapable of accepting that Hillary Clinton was a historically horrible candidate. Simply put, nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Mueller, with 19 hand-selected attorneys and 40 "crack" FBI agents, investigated the Russian collusion hoax for more than two years at a cost of more than $25 million. The end result: no collusion and insufficient evidence to establish that the president had committed an obstruction of justice offense. If you're upset with the attorney general’s decision, imagine how outraged many of us were when Comey, without the authority, decided not to indict Clinton for her crimes.

Get out of jail

I’m a little confused. I’d like someone to explain to me how a person can walk into a market, take a human life and walk out of jail, absolutely scot free. This person should never see the light of day again. There’s absolutely something wrong with our system that needs to be changed. Thank you.

Rebuilding churches

People are calling in about donations beginning for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in France. How about donations for helping rebuild the three black churches that were burned? Oh, I forgot. That wouldn’t be politically correct because they’re Christian churches and they’re in America.

To the person asking to make donations to rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral a 100% tax deduction for Americans: I just think it’s so incredible, even though it was a tragedy that this happened. How about us being more concerned and caring about our own citizens and our own infrastructure and our own schools and things like that? It seems like all of our thinking comes from our immediate emotions versus logic and critical thinking. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of, that donations should be 100% tax-deductible for something for another country.

Free to you

Panasonic 27" TV with DVD and VCR combo. Person must come to pick up. Call 757-565-2310.

Lester of Philadelphia Betsy Ross spinet piano with matching bench. Phone 757-254-2681 for pick up information.

Democratic Congress

The Revolutionary War is over. The Civil War is over. And many other wars have ended. The Mueller hearings are over. The Democrats could help themselves in the 2020 elections if they would get this issue out of their heads and start to help the country and the people who elected them. It is a disgrace that these individuals are representing the needs of the many millions of decent people. Help us, please!

Recommended

I was in the market for a new laptop computer and printer, so I went to Staples just to look and truly had wonderful experience. There was no pressure but I told Steve, the tech person, what I was looking for and he did not show me the most expensive ones but what would suit my purpose. I bought both that day and returned with my old computer to have everything transferred over to my new one. I brought it in at 9 a.m. and it was ready at 4 p.m. Kudos go to Steve, Brandon and Jake for their professionalism and patience in explaining my new equipment. If you are in the market for a new computer, you will receive excellent treatment at Staples in Williamsburg.

This is for anyone that has atopic dermatitis and been to many dermatologists with no real visible results. I found total relief and a solution with Dr. Chris Roberts of Pariser Dermatology. After just several visits, Dr. Roberts had diagnosed my condition and worked toward helping me to clear up my skin condition that others had not been able to do in four years. After several months, my skin is clearer and looks healthy. He has a great personality, is very thoughtful and has a great staff as well. Thank you, Dr. Roberts, for helping me.

Up in Washington

The economy under President Trump is the best in recent history. Do Democrats really want to go back to higher unemployment and a stagnant stock market? Democrats are never happy unless they’re raising taxes to pay for more entitlements. Do we want to end up like France where the people are rioting because of having to pay higher taxes for their entitlements? The Democrats running for president in 2020 need to go back to school and take Economics 101.

With all of the serious problems facing the Congress, why does Mitch McConnell feel now is the time to divert the attention of Congress to the issue of raising the smoking age to 21? Just throw the bill onto the floor with 15 minutes of debate, pass it and get back to attempting to do something about what is the real threat to America. This should be something that can't take more than an hour to do total in both houses.

When will President Trump instruct his new attorney general to start investigating all the wrongdoing by Democratic politicians? I’m getting tired of people thinking that only Republicans do wrong.

The president doesn’t have a problem with a partisan Congress who meekly did his bidding for the first two years he was in office and packed the courts from top to bottom with unqualified jurists who meekly follow his bidding. But now that he has Democratic House that is trying to do its constitutional duty, he’s screaming that they’re partisan and he refuses to cooperate with them.

OK, Democrats, you failed to stop Trump in 2016 and in 2019 you failed to confirm the false claims of "collusion." Don't be sore losers; just get out of the way and let President Trump continue to make America greater.

Thank you

The Jamestown Glass House has a wonderful selection of glass pieces, and you can even watch historically costumed artists make it. Kudos to the staff who shipped a lovely Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase to my best friend in the Midwest for her birthday. It arrived in perfect condition and she was thrilled with her handmade piece. Thank you.

Thank you to the couple in the black SUV that protected me on the road when I was retrieving something that fell out of my car! What a wonderful place to live Williamsburg is. Thank you.

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