Having just moved here from another state, my wife and I needed to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Williamsburg. I showed up and waited in line, was told that all my documents were in order except one. We went back, got that document, showed up again and waited in line and were told that everything was in order. I was sent to the window. They said, “You need another document.” We went home, got another document, showed up the next day and was told everything was in order, was sent to the window after a significant wait and was told we needed another document. I’m fine with showing up and being told we need this or that document, but to have to come back four times because the staff is not competent enough to tell you all the documents you’re missing the first time is unacceptable.
The people of James City County, Williamsburg and York County need to realize the “Tommy tax” increase has already been spent. We can’t try to get our local governments to use that money on the collection of recycling. Thank you.
Sharing the road
There is one simple, four-letter word that all bicycle users need to understand at a cellular level before they’re allowed to ride a bicycle on anything other than a private parking lot, and that word is “stop.” And it’s painted on every red octagonal sign in the county. So, it’s not like it’s a rare thing.
Thanks for the laugh
Thank you, Bill Van Elburg, for your “laugh out loud” column on “Peace, Love and Being Frugal.” Laughing not out of ridicule, but because as a Dutch immigrant, I’m right there with you. Born in Holland during the Nazi occupation, there were no alternatives to frugality – and that trait seems to run in my blood, as it does in yours. I was “born and raised to be green” long before sustainability became a buzzword and well before my parents immigrated to America in 1950 through the sponsorship and generosity of a great uncle. Your quote by Lucretius – “It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind.” – also resonates deeply with me.
Looking for …
When I was at Lowe’s on Sunday afternoon, May 26, I met someone from a Toano firm that pressure washes houses, and they’re eco-friendly. They gave me their card. I lost it, and I’m really upset. I think the company’s name began with a “P.” If anyone has this information, please send it to Last Word. Thank you.
To the lady who left the message about the roofing company: Please leave the phone number or the email address in the Last Word. Thank you.
I just wanted to let everybody know that Jeff Mahew, long-time hair stylist in Williamsburg, is now working at Shear Creations (229-3200) at McLaws Circle, if his clients are looking for him. Thank you.
If you’re looking for a housekeeper, look no more! I have a gem who is reliable, trustworthy, efficient and offers very reasonable rates. Do your house a favor and call Donna at 757-303-1381. Thanks.
To the person seeking someone who does custom shelving: AJC Woodworks in Toano does great work. Tony can be reached at 757-566-0336. He answers all phone calls, and he designs, makes and installs whatever is requested. Check out his website.
Does anyone know a dentist in Williamsburg who will clean teeth without charging for X-rays? Thanks.
Does anyone know where I might find some fresh dill for making pickles? If so, please call Ron at 757-903-2272 and leave a message. I will call you back. Thanks.
To the writer who asked about recycling vinyl siding and surplus sewer pipe: I can up-cycle it for you. I design and build furniture and outdoor water features out of PVC and sewer pipe, and maybe I can figure out something to make out of the vinyl siding. I firmly believe in up-cycling and love to create useful and beautiful items. I can pick up. Email LynnHornWilliamsburg@gmail.com.
To the person that called in regards to good work done on their roof by five Latin American men and why President Trump doesn’t like people like that: I just don’t understand where a person’s thinking is. It’s not that he doesn’t like people like that. He wants them to come to the country legally. Why don’t you want to hear that? It’s about legal and illegal. It’s like someone going into a store and shopping legally. You pay for your goods. You do not just walk in and steal them. You come into someone’s home by being invited, not just by barging in. It’s legal versus illegal entry.
How nice of the people who had a new roof put on by five Latin American men. How much nicer it would have been if they would have put a contact number in for them. Thank you.
I love the student debt “crisis solved” cartoon. “You took out a loan. Pay it back.” It really is simple. You know, it’s more frightful to me — and I’m a baby boomer — of this generation being in charge of anything because they’ve never been taught consequences. Whether it’s you lost the game; you don’t get a trophy. You go to work; you’re expected to work. There is always someone trying to bail them out or make them feel good about things. It’s no wonder that depression and suicide are up with this generation, because they have been raised in a life of non-reality.
Good Daily Press read
What a fine report on the migration and habits of the whimbrel long-billed shore birds in a recent Daily Press. It certainly rated front-page coverage with great photos and more info inside. Well done, Tamara Dietrich.
Did you know that the Heritage Humane Society is now offering dog training classes? The costs are reasonable and the instructor, Adam, is real pro when it comes to dog and human behavior. The location (4-H Campground) offers great space for training — both the dogs and their owners. You’ll get plenty of individual attention to develop good behavior. Our dog and we humans have made great progress since we started. Other special one-hour seminars are also available. Check out more details on their webpage or on Facebook. You and your dog will be glad you did.
Kudos to Pure Silk for sponsoring our beloved LPGA golf tournament, to the volunteers who tirelessly support it and to the LPGA players who grace it. Jeers to Dominion Power for making the TV view of the James River absolutely hideous. Shame on you! If I had a choice, I would not buy my electricity from you.
To those who are “not upset” to see Coach Shaver go, let me give a quick comment as a former Tribe athlete. The new athletic director made a rash decision, maybe with intention and forethought, but clearly with no coach in mind or one “ready to go.” With no ill will intended to the new coaching staff, we have lost years of hard work creating a well-respected and successful program. One likely to have had a real chance at an NCAA bid this coming year. This was known and talked about by so many of my friends as alumni, players and fans. That opportunity is all but gone. Also gone are the gifted dollars from so many connected and supportive fans and alums. Now we are seeing a toxic athletic department fall slowly, losing many great members to retirement and we all know why. Let’s hope the administration sees this injustice and poor leadership and finally makes the change the department really needs.
I have a couple questions about recycling: 1. Is there a website to go and look at and ask questions? 2. What size is the cart that will be provided? 3. Are there larger 96 gallon carts available as we have now? 4. Can we leave excess recyclables next to the can if we cannot fit all in? How is it that the recycle program can create a job for an employee to manage billing and process payments as they have stated, but the treasurer can’t do the same thing for our tax bills?
Another thing to consider about the new recycling system is that we will no longer be able to recycle any plastic that isn't a No. 1 or 2, like it used to be. So that eliminates yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers and many others.
A whole lot of drinking
It seems we live in a day and age where it’s promoted like crazy for women to drink. Got to have liquor with every meal. Turned on Kathie Lee, having liquor every day. I don’t understand why you’d want to do that. Turn on a cooking program — got to have wine or liquor with every meal that you make. Why? Why do you want to be addicted? That you can’t have a nice life, happiness, without being liquored up? All it does is cause problems. When I was growing up, my mother never drank. The neighbor across the street had to have liquor with every meal. They became alcoholics. I don’t understand it.
Pardon my privilege
I’m reading in the Last Word that someone said that someone was guilty of cognitive privilege. Where is this insanity coming from? Privilege — cognitive privilege? I guess I’m guilty of hard work privilege. I’m guilty of not being lazy privilege. I’m guilty of having empathy privilege. What in the heck is wrong with people? We have absolutely lost our thinking! Is someone considered privileged because they got extra tutoring, so they’re tutoring privileged? How about stupidity privileged, because that’s what this sounds like. Let’s get off of this dividing people. In and of itself, it is bigotry, it is prejudice. You may not see it that way, but you are being bigoted and prejudiced against people because they are different.
Too much litter
What a shame the Memorial Day weekend visitors to Virginia Beach left a lot of trash behind and weren't as courteous as the "Something in the Water" festival visitors. True, "SITW" specifically built cleanup into their contract, but a lot depended on partygoers doing their part. Enjoy the beach, but do your part to keep it in good condition for others.
The White House announced an additional relief to farmers affected by the president’s tariffs with China. That’s fine for the farmers. How about for the average American that’s been affected by the tariffs? Shouldn’t he be offering tariff relief to the rest of us? Or is he only offering tariff relief to the people he hopes are going to vote for him, in effect, buying votes?
Since our president has asked Congress for money to rescue Midwestern farmers from the devastation his tariff spat with China has caused, when does he plan on asking Congress for money to help the communities that have been destroyed by flooding and tornadoes? The heartland of the country is deep red and his followers are hurting.
Trump believes if we buy a billion dollars of cellphones from China, and they buy $800 million in soy beans, we are being ripped off for $200 million. We got the phones, they got the beans. Where’s the rip off? You can’t force the Chinese to buy American goods they don’t want or need.
Funny how those bemoaning the impact of tariffs probably never said a word about the impact of Obamacare on a family’s budget. It caused the cost of health insurance to soar, which had a much greater impact. China has been taking advantage of us for years; glad someone finally said enough.
In response to the response on my comment about the outcome would be worse if the armed teacher isn’t white: Obviously, you don’t read the news. Because any time a police officer comes up against a dark-skinned person of either sex carrying a gun, the outcome is a police shooting and a cop being placed on desk duty until his superiors clear him. So a black teacher carrying a gun in a school is a target when the troops come storming in.
It was no accident that the president of China was photographed at one of his rare earth mining operations where 85% of the world’s supply comes from. This material is essential for cell phones, laptops and even the computers that run your car. If the Chinese wanted, they could have us using pay phones, typewriters and driving 30-year-old cars.
The Democratic Party leadership claims there is no crisis at the border. To make my point that there is a crisis at the border, consider the below singular statistic. Imagine the population of James City County disappearing each and every year. That is approximately the same number of American citizens that die from opioid abuse every year. Not all of the drugs come through our southern border, but enough poison does enter the USA though our non-border border. This must be stopped, and the Democratic Party leaders are blocking construction and funding of the wall. Shame on them.
Virginia voting is finally catching up the 20th century. Texas passed in-person, no-excuse early voting in 1998 (21 years ago). I worked as an early voting clerk/officer of elections for three years in Tarrant County before moving back to Virginia. It was a great experience both as a voter and working as a voting clerk, and most of the time, it was fun. So before any Virginia voter registrar starts trying to reinvent the wheel (or early voting ballot box), I suggest they get in touch with a Texas counterpart to see how they have been doing it for the past 21 years. Maybe it would be a good idea if the Virginia Board of Elections got in touch with the Texas Board of Elections to avoid problems already solved.
Stay out of debt
If you create debt for yourself, don’t expect others to pay for it. Just because someone worked very hard for their so-called wealth, doesn’t mean they should have to share it with others who haven’t done the same.
My wife and I recently listened to people in six previously communist countries in Eastern Europe who lived there during communism. They had absolutely nothing good to say about those times. One man said he had to get up at 2 a.m. to get in line at the grocery store, although it did not open until after 7 a.m., in order to get the milk his family needed. People further back in the long lines had to do without. This was true of most other staples as well. It took a revolution in each country to get rid of the communist governments. They did, and now they all have thriving capitalist economies. We have been there. We have seen with our own eyes. The current ill-informed advocacy for socialism in this country is frightening.
One more time?
Is anyone else confused about the article that states what the county says we can and can’t use to water or not water? No problem with when. It’s the apparatus.
It seems to me that parking your car and pulling out are so dangerous. Think about it. Those backing out often cannot see oncoming traffic until they are out of the blind spot. When backing out of a place, you are at a disadvantage until you are on the road. It seems only natural that the driver on the road has the advantage, not the person backing out. Change the rules, people. Watch the person leaving the spot. You can see if they are moving. Stop, for heaven’s sake!
I see what one of the problems is with why people are turning right on the “No turn on red” sign exiting Windsor Meade onto Monticello. There are two signs: One of them is at the stoplight, the other one is a bit further back, but it’s covered up by branches of a tree, so you can’t see it. So somebody needs to cut the branches and maybe that’ll help alleviate some of the problem.
Just learned Stonehouse Golf Course and a new restaurant are opening in the middle of June. I can’t wait to try it. I guess Jimmy, of Jimmy’s restaurant, is running it. I believe it’s called 501. I’m going for sure.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on whether abortion should be legal. To the states wanting to ban abortions in the case of rape or incest, I say this: If the rapist has assets they go to pay for medical care of the pregnant woman. If he has no assets, the state pays. When he is released from jail, he is responsible for child support (withheld from his pay). Same holds true in cases of incest. The offender is responsible for medical expenses and child support or the state must step in and pay these expenses.
If the pro-life movement feels it is their right to force women to bring to term unwanted children, including those that are the result of rape or incest, then the pro-life movement has the moral responsibility of taking care of those children until they can become fully-functioning, independent adults, not just abandoning them once they are born.
Anyone who needs their house power washed, and/or windows cleaned, contact Jamestown Windows (757-753-3482.) They do great work.
A radical Islamic country like Iran needs to understand the resolve of other civilized countries, like America. Iran makes no secret of their feelings for America and wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Now I can attest that war is never a first option, but if the U.S. didn’t join other nations in fighting World War II, we all would be speaking either German or Japanese.
Up in Washington
The presidential oath of office reads, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not seeing that.
The Democrats want a multi-trillion-dollar health care plan along with a green new deal. Where are we going to get the money to pay for it? That’s just the Democrats’ way — tax and spend, tax and spend. And where do you get the money?
Trump is pretty slick. By charging Julian Assange with the Espionage Act, not for what he did to get Trump elected, but what he did with Chelsea Manning, the Brits won’t extradite him because the latter carries the death penalty. So Assange won’t be testifying against Putin in a U.S. court.
To the commenter that states we shouldn’t pick an “outsider” for our next president, Obama didn’t have any qualifications for being a president, but yet people voted him in. To suggest that a person that was a governor or mayor of a big city would make a good president is naïve. If you look at all the cities that are run by Democrats, they all have high crime, homeless people living on the streets and are just plain dirty. I don’t’ want a country like that. President Trump isn’t a nice guy, but he’s made our country the financial and military envy of the world once again.
Blessings to Brian and staff at Berret’s restaurant for coming to the aid of my husband, who tripped and fell on the sidewalk. We really appreciated your help. Many, many thanks.
This is a big thank you to whoever cleaned and weeded the gutters and the median on Route 5, right past the fire station. It looks gorgeous, and it has looked so awful for so long. It’s just amazing! Just wanted to thank somebody. Thank you.