Last Word on a great class, May 5

Christopher Wren class

Wow, Wow, Wow! Professor James Boswell strikes again. After having attended his spell-binding courses last year, I just completed the first of three sessions, titled "Exploring History Through Tangible Things," through the Christopher Wren Association here in Williamsburg. Last week's session was about clocks/clock-makers and furniture made by cabinetmaker John Shearer. Boswell is a master storyteller, weaving together stories about a variety of different things that leave you on the edge of your seat. What a fantastic educational asset to have here in Williamsburg. If you haven't been to one of his classes, don't wait. He fills the auditorium at the Williamsburg Library, and will for the next few weeks. I'll certainly be there. Thank you, Professor Boswell, for sharing your enthusiasm and energy about our American history with us.

Thank you Scott

Twenty-one gun salute to Scott Foster, past Williamsburg city councilman. Scott guided the path of Williamsburg’s destiny with great skill. I and others wish him success in his future activities.

Norge apartments

Sorry, but you don’t get to dictate where affordable housing will be built. The land where you work might be too expensive to build on to be used for affordable housing. After working hard all my life, I get to live where I can now afford it. Many have to commute to their jobs; I did it all my life.

New digs

Mia Rothwell, the former owner of Mia’s Salon, which was destroyed in the Colonial Town Plaza fire April 21, will be available for appointments starting Wednesday at Duke’s Barbershop, 7500 Richmond Road next to Farm Fresh and Royal Nails. To schedule an appointment, call or text 757-570-5417.

Sales tax increase

Do not make any purchases in the City of Williamsburg. Travel out of the area to purchase large ticket items, except when the merchant discounts your purchase price to cover the sales tax. When possible, make your purchases outside of James City and York counties. Vote and get your family and friends to vote to remove from office your county supervisors and our state senator/delegate who forgot who elected them. The next time, why should they stop at 1 cent? Why not round it up to a dime? It was so easy the last time. Vote the bums out.

At 2 p.m. May 10, the Williamsburg City Council gets to decide the sales tax rates for York and James City counties. This is the epitome of taxation without representation. Thank Sen. Tommy Norment and his SB942 for this. York, James City and Williamsburg elected officials are salivating with anticipation on how to spend the increased sales tax revenue. All of this is being done without any public input. I urge you to go to the Williamsburg City Council meeting to express your outrage. They are the only ones who can kill this legislation by refusing to rescind their proposed increases in lodging, meals and admission taxes, which would have been paid for by the tourists. Instead, they plan to tax the residents of the Historic Triangle. But be prepared to be ignored, as they truly don’t care what you think. After all, they kept quiet about SB942 until it was a done deal. Don’t forget to thank them at the next election for forgetting who they work for.

Pamunkey casino

I’m very happy about the Pamunkey Indians getting their federal recognition. I think it is well deserved. I think it is wonderful they have the right now to claim their cultural and tribal artifacts. What I do not agree with is the fact that they can put up a casino. Certain businesses would be fine, but casinos, I think, need to be something the entire state is in agreement on, that all the people who live in the state need to agree upon it.

Looking for …

If you need a wheelchair, please call Margo at 595-0220.

Does anyone know when the next shredder event is scheduled for the public? Thank you.

I am looking for a certified and reliable medical transport company to transport a wheelchair patient to appointments. Please call recommendations to 757-220-1818.

When Farm Fresh closes, where in Williamsburg am I going to find a really good, takeaway salad?

I’m an elderly person who is in need of someone to come to my house to fix a lawnmower. Someone asked for the number before and I must have missed it because I cannot find it anywhere. I’d appreciate it if someone called the number in. Thank you so much.

Hospice of Williamsburg (behind Target) lets you borrow medical equipment as long as you need it. They are a godsend.

We have found two keys on Neck-o-Land Road. If they are yours, just give me a call and you can pick them up. My number is 258-2789. Thank you.

We need packing boxes. Please call 259-9353.

I just want a good haircut with no fuss. Any suggestions?

We were fortunate to be able to borrow two wheelchairs from Hospice for a weekend when my elderly relatives came to visit. They often have extras available. You might try calling them ahead to ask. Hospice House of Williamsburg, 757-253-1220.

Looking for someone to install a walkway between the side of the garage and a privacy fence to connect with existing backyard patio. Approximate dimensions are 46’ long x 5.5' wide. Area has been cleared of shrubbery, pavers and gravel. Toano area. Ready to hire.

Road worries

Does anyone know whose responsibility it is to maintain Route 143? It needs repairs starting from Yorktown all the way to Camp Peary. When Interstate 64 backs up, drivers take to Route 143 to reach their destination, and it sure is a rough ride.

Guns

Somebody last week made the statement that New York now has a lower murder rate than London. Evidently, the writer only reads NRA style statistics that extrapolate a two months’ figure to make it appear as if it reflected a whole year. In fact, the murder rate was, in 2015, New York 352, London 109; in 2016, New York 334, London 102; in 2017 New York 290 London 116. What is encouraging in these statistics is that the murder rate in New York is declining, thanks, in part, to the fact that they have one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Gun laws that, with its loose gun laws and the repeal of the one-gun-a-month restriction, Virginia had done its best to undermine, becoming the largest source of guns to traffickers supplying the Northeast.

Some poor soul made the point that motor vehicles were not in the Second Amendment; therefore, the Founding Fathers had the feeling motor vehicles were just fine. Problem is there were no motor vehicles or motor-driven, manmade anything capable of moving at 200-plus miles an hour. Problem number two is the lack of automatic weapons at that time, with high velocity bullets. The solution: Have gun owners take a proficiency test and get a license for the use of their toys, just like a driver. Have gun owners be required to have high-limit liability insurance to cover any damage their property might cause, just like a driver. Have all trades, swaps, thefts, secondary sales, purchases be recorded, just like a vehicle driver and/or owner. With those simple rules in place, I could go about my business without worrying about some irresponsible human’s toy causing damage without consequence.

Ban all automobiles. They are killing more people than guns. “Hit-and-Run Fatalities Soar as More People Bike to Work.” (The Wall Street Journal.) Hit-and-run crash deaths are rising nationwide, and pedestrians and bicyclists account for close to 70 percent of the victims, according to a new report, as more people cycle to work and motor-vehicle fatalities are at a near-decade-high level.

The NRA banning "good guys with guns" from carrying guns at one of their meetings because the VP is speaking to them is a joke which undermines their stand. If the Secret Service can't trust the "good guys with guns" in the VP's presence, then they shouldn't be trusted walking the streets with them. When President Reagan spoke to the re-enactors at Yorktown during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the British surrender, all of those who marched had to surrender their ball, powder and flints prior to the parade of the troops before the president, so paranoia isn't a new thing with the Secret Service.

Cosby conviction

My thought today when they finally convicted Bill Cosby — he’s a black man, as we all know, and people were grateful they finally convicted him. So let’s see what they’re going to do about the president of the United States. Oh, but I forgot! He’s above the law so I guess they won’t be doing anything to him. That’s great, Trump. Keep it up.

I see Bill Cosby is in the newspaper, convicted of sexual crimes. I wonder how many white men will we see in the newspaper, convicted of sexual crimes? Thank you.

Hummingbirds

I was shocked to see in the Last Word that someone hasn’t seen hummingbirds. I put my feeders out the last week in March because I saw one, and now I filled four quart-size feeders the second time since then, and we have probably 35, 40 birds. Thanks much.

Bad gas

I’m calling about the comment about ethanol gasoline messing up someone’s small engines. I resolved that problem by switching to ethanol-free gasoline, which can be purchased in West Point, Gloucester, Providence Forge. It might cost a few pennies more, but I haven’t had a problem with my weed eater or lawnmower for years. And you can leave it sit there for a couple of months and it’ll start right up. The problem with ethanol is the water mixed in the gasoline and it only has a shelf life of 30 days, and that’s what screws your engine up. Thank you.

My nine-month-old lawnmower wouldn't start this spring. The big-box store I bought it from told me they weren't responsible after 30 days. The manufacturer told me to take it to an authorized repair center in Yorktown. They said it wasn't covered under warranty because of "contaminated gas." When asked to show me the gas and the lab report documenting the type of contaminant, they said they'd thrown the gas out and the diagnosis was made by looking at the gas. Without empirical evidence of the contamination, their diagnosis is an opinion, not fact, and they will never get any business from me in the future. Can anyone recommend an honest, local small engine repair company?

Recommended

If anyone is in need of having their house power washed, I highly recommend All Smiles Roof Cleaning & House Washing. They did an excellent job power washing our house and decks and went above and beyond by cleaning my pollen-covered outdoor furniture which I had moved off the decks out of their way, all at a very reasonable price. My house looks brand new again!! They also did an excellent job on a roof for us last year. Their phone number is 804-514-3898 or 757-634-0112.

We would like to thank “We Fix Computers by Khalid.” He did a wonderful job fixing and updating our computers and explained everything. We highly recommend him.

Locals appreciate the Last Word for complimenting individuals and our businesses. So, much honor from me goes to Keisha at Shear Genius on John Tyler Highway. This professional, for years, will have no one by Keisha trim his hair. Thank you.

My wife and I come to Williamsburg for a week twice a year. We recently had a tire problem. I went to Mr. T Tire & Auto. He treated me like gold, fixed the problem immediately, thoroughly examining the tires and one of the charges was less that what I knew the job was worth so I paid him a little more. He deserves your business. He’s a good guy and struck me as being very honest. I just appreciated what he did.

When it becomes necessary to get a tree professional for removal, trimming or diagnosing a tree problem, Dan's Tree Service is the only one you need to call. Dan shows up on time, is knowledgeable and affordable. His number is 757-206-9073.

Quick note to tell folks we can't say enough good things about our Realtor, Mavis Scarcello, with BHHS Towne Realty. She stuck with us through 10 months of difficult home shopping, and multiple contracts falling through. Thanks, Mavis. If you're looking for some real estate shopping, please give her a call at 757-667-9272.

If one is searching for a seafood restaurant that serves great seafood and steaks, the Seafare Restaurant at 1632 Richmond Road is highly recommended. The atmosphere is excellent with soothing music to accompany your meal. It is a high class establishment with white table cloths, comfortable seating and courteous servers who cater to your every need. The interior reminds one of a luxury liner. The food is prepared according to your particular dietary needs and is excellent. It is family friendly with a scaled down menu for younger guests. My wife and I, each time we visit Colonial Williamsburg, set aside one evening to be treated as royalty.

Not very safe

Does either Williamsburg or James City County have safety officers that can tell the police to monitor the parking lots for Monticello post office and downtown Williamsburg post office? The lights have not worked for more than a month at night, and it’s an accident ready to happen. Thank you.

Human behavior

Have you noticed that Williamsburg has too many people who are called “control freaks”? I have found that a control freak is similar to a leopard. They cannot change their spots either. They will only do good works when they are sure that they will be noticed.

Panhandlers

Years ago, we saw a TV segment on panhandlers in California. The average panhandler made between $45,000-$60,000 a year panhandling. That was a lot more than a lot of people were making that were working. And, yes, some may have hungry children, but we do have things in place to try to help people. That’s the first thing we need to do, is to have people go to the correct route of trying to help their families, not the panhandling. I’ve seen panhandlers use their children to get money. Let’s not judge someone because they don’t want to give to panhandlers. I would not say they are like children or animals or dogs. Let’s help them in more constructive ways.

To the caller who took offense when comparing panhandlers to dogs and children: You obviously missed the point. If you want to teach a dog to do something, you give the dog a tasty treat when he follows your command, and that reinforces it so he’ll do it next time. If you don’t want your child to throw a temper tantrum, you simply ignore him, and eventually he figures out it’s not worth throwing the tantrum. Not rewarding a panhandler with money is the same thing. If he’s not taking home a bucket of money every day, eventually he’ll go looking for some place where he can make money, and since nearly every business in town has a help wanted sign up, maybe he’ll actually find a legitimate job.

Colonial motif

Williamsburg City Architectural Review Board: Were both the Williamsburg Shopping Center and the Monticello Shopping Center subject to the rules that previous people were subjected to for architectural review for their changes that are coming about? I just was wondering. I kind of doubt it from the three, four stories that I see over at the Williamsburg Shopping Center — how that is architecturally compatible to our colonial motif. Thank you.

Crossing the aisle

To the individual who claimed that Trump works more hours than any other president: From where does that claim stem? I can also claim that he has spent more time watching TV than any other president in history, or has had more affairs than any other president. Just because I claim certain events are true doesn’t make them so. Maybe we should look to actual facts that are bound by reason and evidence before wading headfirst into partisan politics. I have voted for both sides of the aisle, trying to find the middle ground on multiple issues, but it takes faith and risk to offer a hand to the other side. Someone has to take the first step; why not you?

Sanctuary cities

Can someone explain how all those sanctuary cities/states will guarantee that their illegal immigrants that they gave sanctuary to won’t leave there? I still can’t believe that the mayors and governors of sanctuary cities and states are allowed to break federal law. What is next, sanctuary for murderers and rapists?

Thank you

A big thank you to Drake Streetman, the very capable and helpful lady at the cutting counter at Jo-Ann Fabrics (5103 Main St. in New Town, 259-5494). I asked her how to make a teddy bear — a new craft for me. She showed me how to use fusion sheets and how to attach “safe” eyes that could not be pulled off by a baby. Thank you, Drake! Jo-Ann is indeed fortunate to have you as their employee.

The Vaughan family and friends would like to thank everyone who attended our dinner for the benefit of the Relay for Life cancer fund. The turnout was better than ever, and a special thanks to Sal’s by Victor, all the volunteers, all the people who made cakes and pies so we could sell them to make money and to the people who take care of the facility — to make that sure we have it. The Vaughan family is so very, very proud to be associated with this group and, once again, thank everyone who came and had dinner with us. Looking forward to seeing you next year!

Comey

William and Mary recently apologized for slavery and Jim Crow Laws. Now they need to apologize for giving us the other Jim: Jim Comey.

There was a time when the FBI was held in high standards. Mr. Comey has disgraced this department, making the Scooby Doo meddling kids look like crime experts.

A porn star, her lawyer and a fired director of the FBI (soon to lecture at W&M) walk into a bar discussing ethics and morality.... Sound like the beginning of a joke? Yes, if only it were funny.

Up in Washington

"Donald J. Trump has played more rounds of golf in the past 15 months than the previous five presidents played combined in their 36 years in the White House." The other side of the story is that Trump has also done more to get North Korea where they are right now than the previous five presidents combined in their combined 36 years in the White House.

Come on, people! For Trump to have played more golf in 15 months that the previous five presidents in 36 years, Trump would have to play 450 days (30 x15) and the five other presidents would have had to play less than 13 times per year for 36 years. I don’t think so. Statistics tell lies and liars use statistics. Let’s move on, shall we.

If there was any question that the president is unfit to serve, it was erased last Thursday morning when he went off the rails on Fox and Friends. His behavior this morning shows that he is a clear and present danger to the American people. His instability shows without question that he might do things without warning that could lead to an international crisis on par with nothing the world has seen since the start of the World War II.

The House Intelligence Committee cleared President Trump of any Russian collusion. We could have toldS you that a long time ago.

Paul Ryan was pressured into firing the Catholic chaplain by Protestant congressmen because they wanted to hear the word of the Lord from someone who is married with children. Jesus need not apply.

Why do the Republicans in Congress keep pushing for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution? The reason for the current unbalanced budget is their own numerous tax cuts and borrowing to fund federal government operations. Do they not realize that the best way to balance the federal budget is to raise again all those taxes they have been cutting over the years? Many people say that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results each time is the very definition of insanity.

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a tiger cub on the border with Mexico this week. The cub should be granted DACA status as it was brought to the U.S. against its will as a young child.

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