Last Word on keeping Memorial Day, June 2

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. I went to Cedar Grove Cemetery to honor my late father and others who fought for our freedom. While I appreciated the small flags at veterans’ markers, I could not believe that the central flagpole was bare. Why wasn’t there a flag there? Come on, City of Williamsburg.

While you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends, remember who the day honors. God Bless our service members.

Two Jamestowns

Never has Jamestown Settlement pretended to be the original site. Their staff, both in the museum and the outdoor areas, go out of their way to explain that Historic Jamestowne is where the archeology is happening, and they encourage the visitors to visit next door. Even the new entrance signs explain it. We all wish they would work together for the sake of the visitors.

Reaching Wittman

To the commenter who implied that getting a response from Rep. Wittman is contingent on being his supporter: This is a clear misunderstanding of how our system of elected representation works. Rep. Wittman is responsible for representing the interests of his constituents — regardless of voting record. To represent his community, he needs to be accessible. For anyone seeking to contact him, there are telephone numbers, an email listserve and office locations on his website, wittman.house.gov/.

Responding to the comment that Wittman would be more likely to respond to a constituent who is an actual supporter and had voted for him, I agree with you. I believe this is how Wittman operates. However, when Wittman took office, he took an oath to represent every person living in his district, whether they voted for him or not.

Teacher pay

Why do some teachers keep bringing up their lack of adequate pay, but my child has to endure watching movies in class the two weeks after SOL testing instead of learning? I can assure you that if I spent two weeks at work watching movies I would be getting fired, not getting a raise. At a minimum, children shouldn’t be penalized if their parents want to keep them at home those weeks.

National anthem

The owners own the NFL football team. The players are the employees. What don’t you get?

Looking for …

Why don't we have a butcher shop in Williamsburg? Where is the closest one to the area?

My husband, who has Alzheimer's, lost his iPhone a few weeks ago. It was probably left at a restaurant, but I cannot tell you which one because it was a while before he started looking for it. The phone was disabled by Verizon. If you turn it into the Verizon Store at Windsormeade, they may be able to identify it. I've since purchased him a simpler phone.

To the person looking for an art and coin appraiser: The go-to appraiser in town is Dan Rogers, owner of Williamsburg Appraisers and a trained appraiser of art, coins and household valuables. Dan also has sold items at auction for us with great results. He is at 757 585-3145 and Dan@WilliamsburgAppraisers.com.

Need dependable metal fencing installed on patio (small area). Please call 757-570-4619 in Williamsburg. Thank you.

I lost my phone on Route 5. If someone would call me and let me know what phone you found, I’ll be happy to talk to you. It’s 757-871-3653.Thank you.

I’ve been trying find someone to do some house repairs since March. I’m not having any luck getting anyone. Either they don’t return my calls or they don’t show up. Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who is reasonable and interested in doing some work? Please leave a phone number in the Last Word. Thank you.

Could anyone tell me what happened to the China House Restaurant on Monticello Avenue? They have moved. I’d like to know where. Thank you.

Managing squirrels

Just added more hot sauce to my bird seed. Didn't have the time or inclination to tie a peanut to a string and play with the squirrels. By the way, the birds are happy, and the squirrels are still alive with no injuries. But they aren't at my feeders anymore either. Leading seed manufacturers add chili powder and hot sauce to their feed and sell it that way, and it is approved by leading birder organizations. Have fun playing with your squirrels. Oh, and I think teasing a squirrel with a peanut on a string is cruel.

To the Texas-Pete-wielding squirrel hater, who probably had his mouth washed out with soap too many times as a child: If you don’t respect nature, move. Maybe you should volunteer with an animal rescue group and see how cruel some people can be.

Almost a compliment

To the person who felt compelled to deliver an anti-firearm lecture thinly disguised as congratulations to an auto accident survivor: Gosh, I suppose you were triggered?

Car ashtrays

I don't smoke, but I'm glad my vehicles have ash trays because they make a great place to store quarters for Aldi's shopping carts.

Surprise relief

I’ve suffered from acid reflux for several years and often took acid reducer pills. On a Korean friend’s suggestion, I tried making fresh ginger tea in the mornings and drinking 8-10 oz. warm. After just a few days, I realized my acid reflux was 95 percent gone — all through the day and up through bedtime. My doctor OK’d it. Take fresh ginger root, peel a segment and thinly slice 8-10 slices. Boil then simmer for about 15 minutes in about 2 cups water. Strain, add a little stevia or honey.

Erase the need

According to a March 7 Gazette article, the Peninsula Foodbank in partnership with the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools will ensure that the Food4Kids Backpack Program continues, filling the gap left by the loss of Title I funding to Erase the Need, which had run the program. This is good news; feeding children is top priority. I wonder about the future of the other important services provided by Erase the Need. With the separation from the school system and loss of funding, will it be able to continue its other food and supply distribution service to the community? At Erase the Need, I have witnessed efficient food and basic needs distribution to people needing a helping hand. I have watched Pam Frazier, head of Erase the Need and dedicated volunteers receive, sort and organize an unpredictable flow of donations, finding room for more when empty space seems to be gone and handling distribution with kindness and respect. I hope that they can find the stable source of operating funds needed to continue their service to the community.

DMV renewal

Since it’s June, I’m assuming other people have received their vehicle registration renewal notice by postcard. I’d like to find out what you think about it. I wonder why I am charged $5 if I want to come in person to renew. Why should I be penalized? And what if I don’t own a computer and what if I don’t pay bills online even if I have a computer? I don’t quite understand what the deal is and I wasn’t even give a choice to mail in my registration amount. So I will go and look up the phone number, call them, wait on line to even find out how much I owe. Maybe someone else has a better brain than I do, but I think this is kind of ridiculous. I don’t consider myself an entitled person, but if you send me the bill, I will pay it.

Scam alert

Alert! A spam call is being made advising that, “The license for your computer has expired. Call toll free to renew.”

Beware. There’s a new scam out there. It’s an email that looks like it’s from Cox Communications, but look closely. It actually says, “Inc. Cox Communication.” It asks you to click on a link and update your credit card information. I called Cox to find out if this is legitimate, and Cox said, “Absolutely not.” They did not and do not send emails under this address.

Treasurer’s office

The Office of the Treasurer of James City County is an absolute mess. I’ve had the issues in the past with business license renewals not being sent, wrong amounts applied to bills and slow to no response times. I had a major issue this year with my business license, too. The days of these constitutional offices should be over, time to eliminate them and put the responsibility into the hands of the locality. How many times did the county have to pay for additional postage when bills were mailed incorrectly, how much has it cost us? Shameful.

Tight security

What is the reason it is easier to get through airport security then to get through security to get into the Social Security Office in Newport News? Are they afraid that someone will hijack the building and fly it into the Pentagon?

Expanding Medicaid

The Last Word remarks on Saturday in “Funding Medicaid” shows a person with little understanding of how the government works. The small portion of the writer’s federal taxes that goes to Medicaid is completely spent in those states that have expanded Medicaid. If Virginia doesn’t expand Medicaid, none of her taxes will return here — they will all go to other states. That money never returns to where it was rejected. Then, there’s also the humanitarian aspect of covering the many Virginians with some coverage, even if it is not as inclusive as the writer’s. Whatever happened to loving your neighbor? Those people deserve some coverage. If I followed the writer’s lead, I would say we should eliminate all schools and their associated costs from my taxes because I don’t have any children in school. We can eliminate the Department of Education and all go to home schooling. How selfish can we become?

I take issue with the writers that say health care is a basic human right. A basic human right such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness does not depend on your neighbor paying for it. Medicaid does. Perhaps the better argument is that this country with its abundance has a duty to provide the basic necessities, such as health care, to its citizens. On the other hand, nothing should be free; there should be a cost, however nominal, so that it is not abused.

Condolences

I am deeply saddened to learn that a wonderful and loving local veterinarian, Dr. Betty Jo Schiller, passed away on May 27. I wish to extend my deepest condolences to her family, friends and co-workers at Godspeed Animal Clinic. From the first time we met her with our family dog, Hanz, we knew she and the staff at Godspeed were the best we could ever hope for. She took terrific care of Hanz all the way up to the end when we had to release him from his suffering due to kidney failure last year. She went above and beyond in helping us understand the situation and to make the difficult decision that it was time for our loved pet to go. She was a stalwart friend for all animals, and their families, and she will be sorely missed.

Shooting range

This is in reference to indoor shooting ranges. There was one approved several years ago — on Penniman Road down near Route 199 where the interstate crosses Penniman. Whatever happened to that?

French Spiderman

Our president should watch the heroic actions of an immigrant from Mali in Paris who rescued a small child by scaling up four stories on the outside of a building to pull the child to safety. The man has been called the "French Spiderman"! He isn't a criminal our anything our president has called immigrants, but a hero who with total disregard for his own safety saved the child. Unlike here where ICE would deport him, he has been rewarded with French citizenship and a job offer with the Paris Emergency Services Department.

Road worries

Maybe the 199 lights are coordinated. If you hit every red light, you are at the wrong end of the cycle.

There is a huge pothole on the parkway as you leave the tunnel heading towards the visitor center. If you left turn from N. England Street onto the parkway it is right in your path. One of my neighbors hit it and damaged the rim and tire of their car. At least put a traffic cone in the spot so people don’t damage their cars — it has been there for months!

Drivers: Please learn the rules of the roadway before incessantly honking your horn at those drivers following the rules. Specifically, the posted yield signs at the ramps along Route 199, exiting Route 143 and exiting Route 60. They are clearly directed to drivers who are either trying to merge onto 199 or continuing in the same lane. Therefore, when a vehicle is stopped or slows down — adhering to said yield signs — just wait!

Panhandlers

Several writers to the Last Word have complained bitterly about individuals standing at intersections, holding up signs (some say, “Homeless”) and asking for money. The complainers are offended because they think “able bodied” people ought to be working. You cannot tell by looking at a person whether he or she is, in fact, healthy enough, either physically or mentally, to hold a job. If you choose not to give anything to these folks, that’s your business. But you don’t get to judge them or those who choose to help out.

Recommended

We highly recommend Williamsburg Carpet and Upholstery Care 757-258-2552. Ross Craft, owner and operator, really knows the business of carpet care having extensive knowledge of carpet fibers and construction, and what works to deal with the most challenging problems without harming the carpet. Ross is polite and thorough in his work, moving furniture as needed and offering to return after the carpet dries at no cost should a stubborn stain remain, and once did that when my dog had created a problem.

My dog Boots just had his 10-year checkup at Jolly Pond Veterinary Hospital. Great and caring vets and staff for your loving pet. Conveniently located at Longhill Road & Centerville, 757-565-6000.

Oklahoma shooting

The two bystanders who hunted down and killed a man who had allegedly shot into a restaurant in Oklahoma City recently are not heroes! At no time were either of the men under direct threat from the shooter so they cannot argue self defense. The fact that they both had time to retrieve guns from their cars before tracking the gunman down shows that there was never any direct threat to either of them. That leaves the conclusion that they acted as vigilantes acting outside of the law who, when they caught up with the shooter, acted as judge, jury, and executioner. This in itself was a criminal act for which they must answer. When the expected norms of the law are replaced by people acting on their own, America has become a lawless society.

School drop off

I am tired of waiting patiently in the line of cars at Hornsby Middle School to drop off my child when others go the wrong direction and drop theirs off in the parking area. Families playing by the rules have longer to wait because your students are now crossing the street. Why do you feel the rules do not apply to you? This also teaches your child that too, so don’t be surprised when they don’t follow the rules.

Mail service

In reading the article about businesses not being released of paying late fees for business licenses, I totally understand the treasurer’s position. In fairness to all taxpayers, she must uphold the law because anyone can claim they did not receive a bill; however, my issue is with the postal service. I am one who pays bills right away after receiving them. Last month I received late fees on two bills I did not receive and because my life does not revolve around bills, I did not realize I had not received them until I got a reminder. The post office has become complacent in handling our mail. Not only do they not deliver bills, but checks are being lost as well. When you try to contact the post office, which is maddening, they have the attitude of they could care less. I have had mail I sent out a year ago recently returned to me. Where has this mail been? Online is not an option for everyone, especially older folks that are already paranoid about identity theft, and not everyone can afford a computer or internet. Who is going to hold the post office accountable for its mishandling of our important documents while they continue to raise our rates to lose our mail.

Guns

I served 23 years in the U.S. Army and had two tours in combat zones. As a soldier, I carried the M16A2 assault rifle with a magazine that could hold 30 5.56 mm rounds. Assault rifles are weapons that are designed with the intent to kill humans. I carried this assault rifle in the Army to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. But when I became a civilian, I had no reason to carry or own an assault rifle, and nor should any civilian living in the United States. Wake up Congress, and you, too, Trump.

Those people who write in to Last Word saying either: "We can be safer if we have good guys with guns in our public places" or "We can be safer if no one has a gun in our public places"; change your "can" to "will," as in “We will be safer if we have good guys with guns" or "We will be safer if no one has a gun in our public places.” What absolute guarantee goes with your "will"?

The parents of the shooter in the Santa Fe, Texas, school massacre should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for being accessories before the fact to multiple capital murders. Since we can’t hold the gun or ammunition manufacturers responsible, we can hold his parents.

Commenting on my pro-gun stance, my neighbor said, “Do you want to go back to the days of the old West?” My response to this is to look at the historical facts. The reason the West was tamed was because the sheriffs, deputies and citizen posse (armed citizens) out-gunned outlaws.

To the person who wanted to know if there is a group that is working towards workable gun control: Contact peninsulaindivisible.com or momsdemandaction.com.

FBI woes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is a proud and accomplished law enforcement agency, but it is not invulnerable to abuses of power. Acting Director Patrick Grey during the Watergate era destroyed documents provided by the White House and his deputy, Mark Felt, was the Deep Throat leaker to the Washington Post. The most notorious case, the traitor Robert Hanssen, used his senior status within the Bureau to collaborate with Soviet/Russian intelligence agencies for 22 years before being caught! The current scandals dealing with soft peddling the non-existent Clinton email security and leaking, self-serving machinations of several senior FBI officials, again including the past director and deputy director, should service as a cautionary tale to everyone. "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Supporting Israel

To all those who wrote in support of Israel: If you really want to support Israel, you should be voting for Republicans and President Trump, who have shown to be staunch supporters of Israel. Unfortunately, the majority of Jewish Americans are known to be liberal Democrats while the majority of Israelis are Conservatives. Israelis understand that you have to be strong to survive; being a weak knee liberal won’t cut it.

No thanks

I often get emails from “friends” in which they ask me a question on a subject I know. I, as soon as possible, do a little research to make sure I am sending correct facts and email the information to them. That is the last I ever hear from them. I wonder how many seconds it would take to click the" answer arrow," type in the letters T-H-A-N-K and S and then click “send”?

Thank you

A big thank you to LuAnn Nelson who cuts fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics, 259-5494. Frustrated at not being able to complete a craft project, I took everything and the pattern directions to her. She found my mistake, used a seam ripper to correct the problem and told me how to finish the project. The pattern directions were confusing to me, but not to her. Thank you, LuAnn.

Cheers to my wonderful Dr. Keller. She knows all she's done for me. Here's to good health for everyone.

Up in Washington

After the initial shock, I am glad that Trump is our president. He has exposed the way American business operates. Whether you like it or not, he is fulfilling Ronald Reagan's dream of government run as a business. As stated in my employer's handbook, the rules will change at any time according to management decisions. If the rules (aka the Constitution) don't serve management's purposes, then the rules will be ignored until the rules can be changed.

I can't believe my broker has sent me a false statement. Trump says the economy is doing great but my broker says the Dow is the same as it was six months ago, the worst performance in nine years.

When Mueller subpoenas the president to testify in front of the grand jury, the first lie he’s going to tell is when the bailiff asks him the question, “Do you, Donald J. Trump, swear to tell the truth,” and he answers, “I do.”

There were 25 people charged in the Salem witch trials. Twenty were hung. Mueller needs four more indictments for it to be the greatest witch hunt.

Democrat values? Why do Democrat representatives vote against we the people’s values? They voted against letting us keep more of our money. Reject very qualified nominees like Mike Pompeo and females like Gina Haspel. Don’t support removing welfare recipients from welfare rolls if they are able to do some work. Want undocumented illegals to have same rights as those who come here legally and loosen verification of citizenship for them to vote. Be great to hear why they vote this way!

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