At a recent meeting with citizens, JCC Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Icenhour told the audience he was going to follow up to have the Virginia Department of Transportation coordinate the lights on Route 199 between James Tyler Road to Brookwood Road. Since the boundaries are shared by the county and city, please call Mayor Freiling’s office (757-229-5165) or Chairman Icenhour’s office (757- 253-6609) to show your support. Coordination of these lights will mean less gridlock and less pollution in our area. We thank Icenhour and Vice Chairman Michael Hipple for sharing the evening with us. It was most informative.
I, for one, was not upset to see the College of William and Mary basketball coach fired. While he seemed like a nice guy and the team always played a hard, aggressive and entertaining style of basketball, he was in a business of reward for performance. Unfortunately, sub .500 basketball does not deserve reward. In this league and this job, not everybody gets a trophy. Get over it.
For those concerned about water and sewer rates: Compare the cost of these services to your monthly cable, internet and cellphone bills. Now go without these services for a month. I bet you will quickly realize the cost associated with clean water and sanitation is a real value.
Could James City County Water Authority please provide consumers with what they feel is the consumption of water by the usage needs? For example: Amount of water used taking a shower; amount of water used taking a bath; amount of water used, normal dishwasher usage; amount of water used, normal washing machine usage and the amount of water/the volume used in a sprinkler system for a 10-minute setting, per zone. This would help consumers understand what their needs might and might not be and would help control water rates, based upon those needs. Thank you very much.
Retired in Williamsburg
For all you people who don’t like Fred Siegel and “Retired in Williamsburg” cartoons: I, for one, love them and it is the first place I look for in the Saturday edition. I have the perfect solution for you: Don’t read it. Case closed.
Looking for …
Last Saturday, May 18, in the early afternoon, a tackle box fell out of my truck on Bypass Road and Parkway Drive. It was gone when I came back for it within about 3 minutes. Could whoever picked up my tackle box please call me at 757-229-1444 so I can come and get it?
Looking for a specialist in hair coloring, blonde highlights, in Williamsburg area. Please recommend somebody. Thank you.
A small brown, plastic, electronic device, which looks like a hearing aid but is not, measuring about 1 and a half inches with a plastic white tubing, a tiny little piece, attached to it. It was lost on May 11, about 11 a.m. at or near the Williamsburg Farmers Market on Duke of Gloucester Street. If found, please call 757-345-5256 and leave a message. Thank you.
To the caller who was asking who to call about making custom shelving: There is a new custom woodworking company in Williamsburg, Williamsburg Wood Works. The owner’s name is Patrick Russell. His website is www.williamsburgwoodworks.com and email is email@example.com. He does beautiful work.
Does anyone know how to responsibly recycle used vinyl house siding and scrap plastic sewer pipe? Thank you.
This is in response to the lady looking for lamp repairs: Ace Peninsula Hardware at 210 Monticello Ave. has been doing lamp repairs for years and does a really good job. I highly recommend them. Thank you.
Name it correctly
A recent Last Word commenter claimed that the imposition of tariffs and the subsequent subsidization of American farmers was “pure socialism.” That is incorrect. Socialism is the public ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange. What the author was actually describing was mercantilism.
Yesterday at Morehouse College, a man who is a certified billionaire wiped out the debts of the entire graduating class. Maybe the President of the United States should take note of how a true billionaire is supposed to act.
Great info to share
Last Thursday I attended a Mended Hearts Chapter 427 meeting at Sentara Hospital. The program was on “what a good diet entails” and was presented by Megan Cordova, a registered dietitian. There was tremendous participation by those who attended. The room was full, but I so wished more people could have benefited from that valuable information. Mended Hearts is having a membership drive until May 31 with free “associate memberships.” If you’d like to know more about the meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to say goodbye
I, along with others, have put our grandchildren on the bus in Peleg’s Point subdivision for at least five years now. Our favorite driver, Mrs. Allen, left and we really miss her and didn’t get to say goodbye. Here’s hoping she is well and knows we love her and have always appreciated what she did for all the children. She considered them hers. We need more Mrs. Allens.
Sharing the road
On Sunday morning at about 8:30 a.m. along Capitol Landing Road and Merrimac Trail, a small gray pickup truck paced me for about half a mile. During that time, the driver constantly yelled inappropriate and rude remarks. I have as much right to bike along the road as you have driving. I wasn't hurting anyone and was far more aware of what I was doing than you were as you were focused on gaining my attention and not paying attention to the road. Williamsburg is not a bike friendly town. It has gotten better over the past few years, but even one incident like this shows what some people really think. It only takes one person to throw a soft drink cup or driver to move in closer to the bicyclist to cause a serious injury. Please be more considerate and think about how your children, siblings or parents would view your actions.
I chose not to disclose my race as it would sway the opinion of small-minded people. I don’t understand why we choose to erase our country’s past. How will our children see our future if they don’t know the past? So the statutes of our past — take them all away? So let’s do away with anything that had to do with the past. Take away all statues, holidays, anything that has to do with dates — Flag Day, Labor Day, etc. They are part of our history, as are the statues, flags, etc.
Take some action!
As for the governor, he needs to start doing something. I haven’t seen him doing anything since he’s been in office. First of all, he needs to ban talking on cellphones — there should be no talking on cellphones while driving. Thank you.
I truly miss Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid and David Brinkley. As you can tell, I am not young. However, they reported the news. The present crop of announcers are so taken with themselves, sitting with panels of six to eight to nine people, all agreeing and castigating Republicans and whatever it might take. They clearly show their ignorance in terms of not telling both sides of the story. They think they can control things; it’s getting to the point where they can. Thank heavens they were not around during World War II, or we’d all be speaking a different language in this country.
War with Iran.
Iran’s Supreme Leader said, “There won’t be any war, with the help of God. We don’t seek a war.” Why can’t we take peace for an answer? Our military might is such that we can’t help but use it. We are quick to find discord and to make enemies. We meddle. We impose our will through tariffs and threats, and are surprised that others resent us. To clarify the rightness of this conflict, ask yourself – and imagine it as reality. “My loved one died in this war; what did they die for?” See if you can come up with a cogent answer that will give you solace.
Since John Bolton apparently wants to go to war and the president and the Iranian government have stated that they don't, the solution is for Bolton and an Iranian champion to have a pay per view steel cage match in Geneva with the profits to go to an international children's charity. Winner take all, with the bragging rights going to the winner. Many early tribes would settle their differences this way.
Forty-plus years ago, while hubby and I were attending pre-marriage counseling, our Navy military chaplain warned us about gossip in beauty salons. We took our chaplain's advice to heart and have shared our hair stylists ever since. Don't know if the advice is responsible or the example of both our parents' marriages, but here we are, happily together 40 years later.
How ironic. The Republican Party, noted for its positions on competition, free markets and free trade, is now supporting President Trump on his protectionist tariffs and subsidies to agribusiness. Wait, you say China gives massive subsidizes its industries using government funds, which "tilts the playing field unfairly against U.S. companies." Yes, they do indeed, and that is why you deride them as socialist government-run or government-favored businesses. So the Republican response to socialism is now to imitate them? China also favors corporations that demonstrate loyalty to the Communist party with tax breaks and lower interest rates. Perhaps Republicans will want to take this next step in their promotion of "free enterprise."
Beth Parziale, of Hunter Associates Tax Services, helped me resolve a tax problem that I had for years. Call her if you need help with IRS problems, 757-229-2334. She is at 489 McLaws Circle, Suite 2. Beth is conscientious, knowledgeable and helpful in everything she does. I highly recommend her.
Kudos to Carlos and his team for great food and service at his Smokey Griddle Pancake House on Richmond Road. It is often packed when we go, but service is still quick and friendly.
We recently hired Jerry with Affordable Tree Service to come take down 13 trees for us. I just want to say this guy did an amazing and outstanding job for us. He showed up and gave an estimate we could not refuse. Did an amazing job and was a pleasure to have while here. If anyone is needing any type of tree, landscaping or hardscape work done, he’s definitely your guy. Give him a call. You won’t be let down. 757-755-0446.
A young man and his younger cousin came and cleaned my gutters. They did an outstanding job and were very efficient. Their rates are $100 a story on the house. Their number is 757-585-5291.
I highly recommend Laddas Tailor, 4516 John Tyler Highway. She does a fantastic job with alterations at an extremely reasonable price, and she also rents tuxedos. You can reach her at 229-2224.
We have just had a new roof put on our house, and the work was done by five Latin American men — two from Honduras, three from Mexico. They were up on that steep pitched roof for three days, did beautiful work for 10 hours a day and were cheerful, honest and very competent. I really have trouble understanding what President Trump has against people like that.
I refuse to go back to the 19th century with those southern states. Don't they know that in America you can believe what you want from any source you want and live that way, but in America, you cannot impose your beliefs (religious or otherwise), on the rest of the citizens? ISIS tried that and look where they are.
On May 18, a commenter stated that the unemployment rate was down to 3.6% because mortality was high and births were low. His numbers were grossly erroneous. Actually, births are approximately 4 million annually, deaths are 3 million and immigration is about 1 million. Additionally, deaths are primarily among the elderly, which has no impact on employment; similarly, births have nothing to do with employment. The main reason for low unemployment is the increase in part-time jobs. Note that there still are 10 percent unemployed, underemployed or not looking.
Now liberals are pushing for SAT test scores to be rated on a curve for diversity. Please explain how this is any different than Affirmative Action and is, in fact, nothing but reverse discrimination. What happens to the students who can’t keep up with other smarter students? They are destined to fail. The only basis for getting into college and obtaining any job is tests and qualifications.
While it’s true when it comes to guns that some teachers are wimpy, believe it or not, some are capable of learning to protect themselves and their students by carrying concealed weapons. Now for the facts: All school shootings have been by white people, so the statement, “The outcome will be worse if the armed teacher isn’t white,” doesn’t apply.
In the City of Williamsburg, all cats have to be indoor cats or they are to be in control in the yard or kept by their owner. What I said was, “People should not have to clean up after other people’s cats.” So I called Animal Control, and for the City of Williamsburg — Article 4, Section 4, cats are to be indoor cats in the City of Williamsburg. Now, that may be different in James City County, but in the City of Williamsburg, I have been told three times that they are to be indoor cats. Call and ask what the ordinance is for the City of Williamsburg.
It is a fallacy that cats bury their feces. Oftentimes, they will cover it, but they do not bury it any more than they bury it in a litter box. I can walk into my yard and I can see the feces on the ground and smell it. I don’t have to go digging for it.
Hooray for the person who corrected the comment submitted by a Last Word contributor claiming JCC Animal Control prohibits free roaming cats. They don’t.
Lesson in tariffs
A basic refresher in U.S. history: Tariffs are not and never were unconstitutional. Tariffs were a major source of income for our Federal Government for most of our existence. The importance of tariffs as a source of income declined since 1913 with the introduction of the Federal Income tax. Trump has raised tariffs on some products with select nations to address trade imbalances, job loss, theft of intellectual properties and national security concerns. China imports $120 billion in goods and services from the U.S., the U.S. imports $540 billion in goods and services from China — the cost to the U.S.— millions of jobs. Don't like tariffs? The simple answer is buy American.
Calling out sick
To the person who wrote in asking about whether it is OK for their employer to require seven-day notice before the employee can take a sick day: It occurs to me that the health implications for the workforce re: spread of infectious disease must take precedence over the seven-day-notice requirement.
Late in 2018, I received a confusing letter from Social Security claiming I owed thousands of dollars. The “explanation” made no sense, nor did the arithmetic. Since I’d had only bad luck at calling, writing or visiting the Newport News office, I requested explanation and assurance from my elected representative. Months later they received a brief email that “our system has been updated and now reflects that the [amount ] has been paid.” Since I didn’t feel that an email, rather than a letter on government letterhead would suffice any future repetition claiming “money owed,” I requested the information on letterhead. Weeks later, I’ve given up on all. You all are warned. Don’t send checks just because SSA claims you owe.
Up in Washington
Is Pompeo really too young or too uninformed to know of the years Iran and Iraq were at brutal war? Or is he just determined to help the hawks onto a stupid path of mass destruction?
I read in the Daily Press that Mr. Trump, our President of the United States of America, is still above the law because he has not turned in his taxes as of yet. So he is the only one that I know that is above the law. Thank you.
In October of 2018, when oil prices dropped to $54 a barrel, the president crowed on Twitter. Now that prices have rapidly passed $70 a barrel, largely on the fears of John Bolton leading America into an armed conflict with Iran, the president is silent. American workers’ paychecks are being assaulted from all sides. It is at the gas pumps and increasingly digging a deeper hole at appliance stores and big box department stores Americans are hurting more and more. Add in automobiles, clothing and accessories, and most other things we all buy. There is an estimate that every American will pay over $750 this year alone unnecessarily because of the vanity of one man. It's the economy, stupid, and the president is pushing it over a cliff.
Trump told his supporters that Joe Biden was born in Scranton but had abandoned the people of Pennsylvania when, in fact, his parents moved to Delaware when he was 11. It’s this type of petty lying that has resulted in Trump being the only president to never post a positive approval rating.
Democrats’ math never ceases to amaze me, this time with the latest and greatest unemployment numbers. They say the reason for the lower unemployment numbers is because more people died than were born. The real reason for the lowest unemployment numbers is that more jobs have been created under President Trump, partially due to the lowering of corporate taxes.
Trump has met with at least three mass murderers and has said they all like him. Then why doesn’t he meet with the presidents of the three countries in Central America to solve the problems that have the mass exodus from their countries.
The big story is that millennials are doing worse than any other generation since the Depression. You were living through a depression. There was no work because you had a lousy president and very liberal policies that were killing business, that were not bringing back business. In fact, the previous president mocked and said, “What, are you just going to wave a magic wand and bring back businesses?” No. We’re going to get rid of your lousy policies. And we’re going to open up work so the millennials don’t have to die in their old age, never having an opportunity.
Wanting someone who was different caused many Americans to vote for an “outsider.” Picking a businessman who was supposed to be a crack negotiator who had made lots of money for himself led people to believe that he would do the same for America. Unfortunately as it turns out, he knew very little about running a country. He has not even figured out how to use the expertise of the advisors who have stepped forward to help him. Our reputation worldwide has sunk to a new low. Let’s try something different this next time. Let’s vote for someone who has some experience. At least someone who has run a large government entity such as a state or a large complex city or played a major role in the administration of one of the finest countries on this planet. The United States deserves better. Let’s see if we can gain renewed integrity, kindness and stature while maintaining our leadership position in the world.
Kudos to Mallory at Holiday Chevrolet (253-1960) for her help last Friday. She gave me some needed advice regarding our Honda and relieved my concerns. Thank you, Mallory!
I would to like to thank Firestone on Richmond Road for their great service when I needed their help. My key got stuck in my transmission and I went there and they fixed it with no charge with a smiling face. I’d like to thank the staff there/the guys there for helping me, and I recommend their service any time. Thank you all! You have a good day.
Many thanks to Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant and Trader Joe’s for keeping their air conditioning set at a moderate temperature. It is nice not to run out shivering, with numb fingers and toes. I thank you, and the environment thanks you.