Last Word is still recycling, May 8

James City recycling

The $7 charge is ridiculous for recycling. More and more businesses are adding in $2 here, $5 there, $10 there, and we seniors are getting sick of it. We cannot afford all these increases and they should eliminate the $7 so we can recycle. Thank you.

To the "amazed" one who thinks "a mere $7 fee increase" is nothing: You may have a lot of disposable income, but those of us who live on a fixed income clip coupons, look for sales on as many of our purchases as possible and forego attending many events as we "watch our pennies." We'd love to continue recycling if it was financially feasible in order to save Mother Earth. As another person suggested, why not use some of the county’s portion of the Tommy Tax "windfall" to pay for the increase in recycling costs? I, too, believe recycling participation is going to fall dramatically if the Board of Supervisors opts not to direct some Tommy Tax dollars to keep our recycling program going as well as it has been.

I’m one of those people who’s giving up recycling because of the fee. I go to the transfer station once a week to get rid of my garbage, so why should I pay to have my recycling picked up when I only put a bin out once every six weeks?

In response to the comment regarding James City County residents being able to “afford” the $7 recycling fee: Most residents can afford this fee. But the residents of James City County are still pissed off that the Tommy Tax was imposed on them in a very secretive way and the residents of the county are not benefitting from this tax at all but still have to pay it. It remains taxation without representation. Tommy Norment is up for re-election in November — let’s vote for a candidate that will repeal this unjust tax.

I would like to vote that the estimated $7/month recycling fee/tax be mandatory until such time as we can again export our recycling. Since JCC did not negotiate our local trash collection fees, I can promise you that when they get all of this new recycling/ trash added to their weekly pickups, our fees are going up a lot more than $7/month. At least a tax can be lowered.

I strongly urge supervisors to find money in a discretionary fund to pay for recycling. While this is an affluent community, there are many that just don’t have $7 to shell out to recycle. Also, there is the concern that it won’t truly be recycled, although they have pledged to monitor that. I have felt good about recycling, but have concerns about this new program.

A great event

Hats off to the Williamsburg Garden Club and the April 30 Historic Home and Garden Tour. The Ford’s Colony tour of homes and gardens was gorgeous. Special thanks to the homeowners featured on the tour. One cannot forget the gracious volunteer hostesses. Air conditioned buses and friendly shuttle bus drivers made the event one to remember.

Road worries

This is in response to the comment about the “No Turn on Right” sign at the intersection of Windsor Meade and Monticello Avenue: It is definitely needed. The problem is, it needs to be enforced. The signage even needs to have a flashing light so that it will attract people’s attention or the police need to sit there and start writing tickets for those that ignore it. They could easily meet their monthly quota of tickets. I travel that direction every day and I clearly have the right of way, and yet someone ignores the sign and is constantly pulling out in front of me, almost causing an accident. So, hopefully, this law will be enforced.

Sometime in the past two weeks, a white vehicle ran into the passenger-side brake light of my husband's parked teal car, leaving the plastic smashed open, light bulbs exposed and white paint on the bumper. There was no note left. Shame on you!

Looking for …

For the lady looking for a recommendation of a hairdresser for an older woman’s hair: Jamie at Virtue Salon on Lightfoot Road has done wonders for me. Her number is 757-903-2934.

To the lady looking for a hair salon that works well with older clients with thinner hair: Scotland Street Salon, 220-6850, has many experienced stylists that work with older clientele. We are located at 420 Scotland St. in Williamsburg and we would love to connect with her. Thank you.

I go to Illusions by Marcus and he cuts my hair without perms and teasing. He is at 374 McLaws Circle, #1. His phone number is 757-253-7790. I have gone to him for years.

I certainly would appreciate somebody putting in the paper once again the name of a person who can fix lamps. I all of a sudden need that number and never got it the first time. I have several lamps that need to be fixed. Thank you very much.

We people in Williamsburg need a good buffet restaurant.

I need someone who can get on my roof and blow off the leaves and other debris. Does anyone have any recommendations on who can do this work?

Does anyone know whether there are any over-55 complexes in the area where one is not required to buy into un-needed services, such as dining, medical, etc.?

There’s still time

Lucky people! You still have time to see “The Magic Flute” at the Kimball at 7 p.m. Thursday. Our own resident opera company has produced yet another outstanding opera. “The Magic Flute” is delightful, wonderfully staged with gorgeous voices, the singer-actors are delightful. The orchestra perfect! Thank you to Naama Zahavi-Ely for bringing Opéra to tiny Williamsburg.

A house downtown

I'm not sure if the people who want to build their house across from a vibrant, functioning elementary school realize what that means. Twice a day, five days a week, for roughly 10 months a year, the streets in front of the school are closed for roughly 20 minutes each time for bus arrival and dismissal. No cars can drive in or out of this road during that time. Sirens for monthly drills can be heard outside the building, and cars drive in and out of the parking lot all day long carrying parents for meetings, special events, lunches with their children, etc. Various walking field trips occur several times a month, which brings many groups of children up and down the streets in front of the proposed new house. This amazing school is full of daily hustle-and-bustle and it spills outside of the school walls. It's something to think about for future builders.

Visiting the president

The Virginia Wahoos, which are based in Charlottesville, declined a White House invitation. Had the president denounced the white supremacists who invaded Charlottesville with Tiki torches and a woman ended up dead, maybe the Wahoos would have responded differently. Shame on the president!

Bump stocks

Bump stocks were invented in 2002. Since that time, the Justice Department estimates 520,000 devices were legally sold nationwide, mostly through the internet and big box companies. One mentally sick individual in 2018 (16 years later) caused the national criminalization of bump stock ownership. Although other administrations had ample opportunity to ban bump stocks, it took our Republican president to take action and issue the ban. Bump stocks may legally be destroyed by the owner; anyone found to have a bump stock now faces significant criminal penalties. There is nothing remarkable in the fact that “no gun owners have turned in any bump stocks to local police."

Wandering cats

To everyone out there who is plagued by someone else’s cat and having to clean up after them in their yard: I want to let you know that the law of James City County and Williamsburg is all cats are to be indoor cats or somehow kept in the yard of the owner. If you have any other questions, call Animal Control. I was so glad to hear that because our homeowners’ association was saying, “Oh, there’s nothing you can do about it.” Yes, there is. If you own a cat, be responsible. Don’t let it be someone else’s pet. Thank you.

Great idea

Great opportunity to “upcycle ” plastics, which means reusing them for another purpose: Kilwins ice cream shop at 421 Prince George St. offers their empty (darn) 3-gallon plastic buckets for free, including lids, after the ice cream is gone. I’ve picked up five of them and our garage is now organized. Great for childrens’ toys and Legos too.

Just wondering

Does anyone happen to know what’s going into the old Friendly’s on Richmond Road? Editor’s note: It is being renovated and will open as a new family-style restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. When we know more, we’ll let you know.

Sharing the road

After doing the wonderful Pedal the Parkway event, I have a great solution to the car vs. biker dilemma that seems to plague this area. Shut down the entire parkway to only non-motorized traffic. No more cars allowed. We get a safe location to cycle and you get your precious roads. Because apparently you have the misconception that if you own a car you own the road. No, you do not, by the way. Roads are multi-use infrastructure. So simmer down, relax; you will eventually get to where you are going.

Bicycle riders complain about automobile drivers, but along Rochambeau in front of the high school, there’s a bicycle lane on both sides and the bicycle riders don’t ride it. They ride out in the lane of Rochambeau.

Speedy delivery

After Congressman Wittman had his meeting in Toano to hear about the problems with the USPS delivery, they made a change in their system. Rather than fixing the problem, they added a memo line which reads, "In transit, arriving late." Currently, this is for a package mailed in Newport News on April 30, promised delivery May 2. I could have walked to Newport News and back in less time than it is taking the USPS to deliver a book.

2020 candidates

My cousin, who is in Europe, said, “What is wrong with the Democrats in the United States? Why do they want socialism?” You don’t see a mass exodus of Americans coming over into Europe. In fact, what you’re seeing — pick a country in Europe that isn’t moving away from the left because it doesn’t work, and the policies of the left. “So why when America is doing well under your president, why do they want socialism?”

Recommended

If you need to have furniture refinished or some work done on your house, do yourself a favor and call Joe Sellers at Olde Towne Handyman. The phone number is 757-644-9211. He does a magnificent job; he really takes pride in his work and he’s a very good, kind gentleman to boot. Thank you.

Up in Washington

Republicans accuse Robert Mueller of abdicating his responsibility to make a decision on President Trump’s obstruction of justice. To NOT decide IS to decide. Think of where we would be if Mueller had determined that Trump had committed obstruction of justice but did not indict him, in accordance with the DOJ opinion that a sitting president should not be indicted. Alternatively, think of where we would be if he indicted him. In either case all hell would break loose, the situation would be far worse than it is now, and no solution would be in sight. We should be thankful that Mueller effectively left it to Congress.

The reader who "claims" Trump has done great things for Christians fails to realize that we are a country founded on separation of church and state. This means all churches, not just your particular church. Trump is allowing people to feel better about insulting people of different races and religions. It is not anti-Christian to have a core curriculum based on science and tolerance. Everyone should work together to establish a better education system; subsidizing people to run to private schools is not the answer. The Justice Department has always been reviewing hate crimes, regardless of what group the victims are a member of. The IRS has never targeted Christian or conservative organizations. It only asks groups to meet the standards of the law. We are supposed to be a nation of laws rather than giving preference to certain groups. Justice is supposed to be blind.

The Mueller report clearly states that Russia interfered with the 2016 election to benefit the Trump campaign. It gets under my skin to see Vladimir Putin smiling and gloating about his success at undermining our democracy. We have many issues to address as a nation but none more pressing than thwarting Russian interference. The president openly minimizes the Russian involvement and praises Putin. The American people can defend our nation by coming out in record numbers to defeat Trump. We need a mandate; it’s the patriotic thing to do.

Thank you

I celebrated my 91-years-young birthday party at The Whaling Company on April 18 and I am grateful to all their staff, especially their bartenders, who ensured my celebration was a success. My family at The Whaling Company, friends and family all had the best of times. Thank you, everyone! I would recommend this restaurant for a large, friendly gathering or even a quiet cozy dinner for two.

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