Last Word on leaving early, June 20

Up and out

I recently made a return visit to a large Catholic church here in Williamsburg. As a non-Catholic, I was struck yet again by how many parishioners left after communion rather than waiting for the priest to leave the sanctuary. The person I was with said it is troubling and, in fact, the priest had recently asked folks to stay in the pews until the appropriate time to leave. Based on the many empty pews, I’d say the message was either missed or ignored. Over the years I have attended my Protestant church, I have never seen such behavior. Of course, there are situations when it is necessary, i.e., the elderly, or those who need extra time to leave, but most of the folks I saw were all ages. My question is: Why show such disrespect for your faith, your church and your beloved priest? Enlighten me, please. And before you tell me I am being judgmental, you are right, I am. But that changes nothing. The question remains.

Today we attended the Stepping Up ceremony for Hornsby Middle School, which was held at Warhill High School. I was surprised at how rude parents and friends were when they asked that the audience remain seated until the students exited the building. People got up and began leaving, blocking the door so that students couldn't exit. What kind of example does this set for our young people when adults can't do as they are asked?

Enjoying the library

Our library is the important heart of our tiny city. Its location is perfect; its staff and bounty are superb. There is parking all around and it is so convenient to everything we might want or need to do — shop, dine. The location is perfect and the size is comfortable. And we have never failed to find a place, a space to read, study, research, enjoy a talk, film or class. There is no more convenient location. Don't spoil perfection — just fix what really needs fixing and make more use of the Stryker Building adjacent.

I disagree with the reader concerning the Williamsburg Library. Our library is good; however, it could use a few improvements, such as better parking, more tables, better space for books, more books, extra space. I think we could definitely use that. And our library is number 2 and it’s wonderful, but we could use improvement.

This week, I had brought my grandson to the WRL for the first time. It’s a place I brought my children weekly and I myself use regularly, always impressed by the collections and innovative opportunities and events. I was absolutely amazed at how the children’s section has evolved over time to meet the needs of young children, creating a lifelong love of reading and exploring. I can’t think of a better use of tax dollars than to expand this community treasure.

Stop rocks

Is it possible the recently placed huge rocks outside the Monticello branch of our post office will stop the flow of vehicles trying to go inside?

Diversity?

I noticed in the photograph that ran with a story about the Williamsburg EDA that there aren’t any people of color and only one female representative. How is it, in a city as diverse as Williamsburg, only white males seem to be on committees? I am a father of a young lady who I teach to accept nothing less than equal treatment in all things she does. I think the city of Williamsburg needs a little more diversity in its ranks. The good old boy network is alive and well in the city.

Looking for …

A while back, I saw in the Last Word a parent said they lost their sweatshirt from one of the kids’ sport teams. It meant a lot to them. Somebody might have taken it by mistake, they said. Anyway, my grandchildren are out of college — they don’t want it and I have one, a sweatshirt from James Blair field hockey. If you are the person whose sweatshirt is missing, please call Kathy at 757-870-0865. Thank you.

I am extremely interested in the National Geographic collection, 757-784-2560. Thanks in advance.

To the person looking for a math tutor: I have tutored college-level statistics in the past and am interested. Please contact me at anb8003@vt.edu.

JCC recycling

Where is the recycled material processed? Who receives the profit from the sale of the recycled material? Does JCC receive a percentage of the profits? Why does the County Waste truck driver leave 10 percent of the recycle bins in the street? Why does the truck driver leave another 10 percent of the recycle bins turned over, usually with the lid open, lying on the roadside or partially in the street?

Teacher pay

All my life I’ve heard teachers complain about their pay. It was their choice to become a teacher. When people go into teaching, they know what pay they can expect. Of course, they also know they’ll receive exceedingly generous benefits and summers off; no complaints there.

Teachers, take heart in the fact that those who write to the Last Word about your perceived schedule and work have no idea what goes on during the school day and still believe that parents will discipline their children. Those who complain about paying taxes conveniently forget the number of non-parents who contributed to their education, if they ever went to school.

School safety

I find it interesting to hear people saying, “Pray for the safety of our children in school.” Remember, they allowed God to be kicked out of our schools. Maybe that was a big mistake.

Road worries

To the person who tailgated me down Route 5 at about 4:14 p.m. June 12: For your information, the posted speed limit is 35 mph and I was traveling slightly faster than that. To then pass me and cut me off, only to turn into the shopping center, is reckless. You almost caused an accident. Your tag number has been turned into the police. Hope you were able to get to your destination one minute faster. Have a nice day.

To those pleading for timed lights on Monticello Avenue: I have twice made all of them at 40 miles an hour. What was different? No other cars. So you see the lights are OK; it’s the drivers.

On the course

I have put up with his constant lying, attacking Gold Star families, attacking Vietnam war heroes, (McCain and Mueller), doubling the annual budget deficit but Trump driving his golf cart on a putting green is inexcusable and unforgivable.

James River viewshed

Why aren't folks dragging Busch Gardens through the courts for spoilin' Captain John Smith's original visage of the area?

Cheers

Congratulations to Joe Ritzenthaler, who’s been a math teacher at Bruton High School for 41 years. He just won gold at the 2018 USA Volleyball Open National Championship in Dallas, Texas. He was also selected for the All Tournament Team. He played in the Men’s Division 73.

Immigration

Perhaps Judy Zwelling should fact check prior to writing a letter to the editor. It was the Obama Administration (circa 2014) that started the policy of taking children from the parents at the border. Furthermore, siblings are also separated. However, I will ask why the current administration is taking so long to change this policy.

Any adult within the U.S. charged with a felony is incarcerated while awaiting trial or until posting bond. Obviously, when an adult is incarcerated, he is separated from his family members. The only families illegally entering the U.S. that are being separated are those where the adult has been arrested on a felony charge resulting in his incarceration pending trial. Simply entering the U.S. illegally for the first time is a misdemeanor, not a felony, and therefore that illegal entry alone would not result in family separation. Subsequent illegal entries are felonies and subject to incarceration awaiting trial.

To all those who are complaining about the government finally enforcing our immigration laws and in some cases breaking up families: I have a solution. The legal immigrants of that family can choose to go back to the country where the illegal immigrants originally came from, thereby keeping the family together, problem solved.

Good advice

I can’t stress enough the importance of a rest day after several days of working out. Muscles need time to heal. Working the same muscle groups day after day is an injury waiting to happen. A healthy workout includes rest days. Working out seven days a week is not a smart workout.

Recommended

Recently, I had my boat professionally detailed by Bryan’Z Marine Detailing. He did an amazing job and made my boat look new again. He’s reasonably priced and it was worth every penny. If you are looking for someone, call Bryan at 757-810-6042.

What was once Mad About Chocolate is now Justified Bakery. And oh, it is truly justified to have the best scones, croissants and more at their understated, yet classy cafe. The husband/wife team behind this latest enterprise is wonderful. Great ambiance, service and best of all, their products; justifiably Justified!

I would like to take a moment to sing the praises of one of our local businesses. For several years, I have been using Colonial Office Equipment to supply my business with printers and paper. Klaus Marks and his team have provided me with a level of customer service which is unmatched by any other business that I deal with. My business depends on our printers to be up and running at all times. Many times I have called on Colonial Office Equipment to help me when I have a problem and Klaus has come out to my location and made the necessary repairs to get me back up and running. In some cases, Klaus has come out the same day that I called. If you own a local business, I highly recommend that you do business with Colonial Office Equipment.

Thank you

On June 6 I lost my balance and fell in the parking lot of Harris-Teeter at Quarterpath. A kind gentleman and a lady and a dear friend came to help my husband. They called 911 and the good EMTs were able to get me back on my feet. The manager of HT was out and very helpful and concerned. Thanks to the good people of Williamsburg.

Up in Washington

At 9:15 p.m. last Monday EDT in Singapore in the top of the first, Kim hit a grand-slam home run when he sat and shook hands with the U.S. president. So far the score is North Korea 4 USA 0.

Trump has done what no other president would do. Debase the Stars and Stripes by putting it next to the flag of the most repressive regime on Earth. I thought I was going to throw up when I saw it.

North Korea will get rid of its nuclear weapons about the same time Trump releases his tax returns and Mexico pays for his wall. A lot of summitry, no substance.

There were two summits: Based on the channel, the glass was half full or half empty. Listen to the president’s press conference and make up your own mind. Time to hear from the real sources versus anonymous sources. We the people deserve the unfiltered truth.

Clinton, Bush, Obama sold the American workers down the road with NAFTA. Let North Korea escalate.

Many cars owned by people whose politics are on the far right have bumper stickers that say, “Hillary’s lies matter.” Do these people believe that Trump’s lies matter? Or is it because they support him, they don’t care?

I was contrasting the difference between the Iran deal and the deal that was just struck with North Korea. North Korea — we’re talking denuclearization. We’re not giving them any money. They’re allowed to hire some U.S. citizens to help with their agriculture and other things that will help their country. They have not insulted our soldiers and yet in the Iran deal we gave them millions of dollars. They took seven of our soldiers, our Navy men, had them kneel down and posted photographs with their hands behind their heads all over the world. And they still get.to make nuclear weapons and they hacked into OPM.

After sticking a middle finger into the eyes of America's allies in Canada, our president flew to Singapore and got his clock cleaned in exchange for legitimizing the most brutal dictatorship on earth with a selfie and a handshake with the president. Kim didn't have the decency to kiss Trump when he was finished. Trump is jealous of dictators and his awe of Kim was on display this weekend as he sat dreaming he could behave in America like Kim does in North Korea.

Tuesday morning Trump the real estate hustler rattled on about how North Korea should develop tourist resorts and condos on their beaches because of their location in eastern Asia. He has no idea of what Kim wants for his country and more importantly for his iron-fisted control of everything that happens there.

Even the president's most ardent followers should step back and take a second look at how the weekend's outcome compares to the hard fought nuclear treaty with Iran he bailed out of last month and ask ,"Did this weekend make the world safer?"

Please explain why Justin Trudeau's comment that Canada "will not be pushed around" constitutes "back-stabbing" or "betraying" Trump and deserving "a special place in hell." He is merely responding to Trump's many tariff threats just as any leader, especially Trump, would do.

Apathy is the real threat to our great Republic. In 2016, almost half or 46.9% of all registered voters chose not to vote. As a result, we are living with arguably the worst president in our history, elected with under 28 percent of registered voters casting their ballot for him. America can end this nightmare by choosing to stand up and to be heard. Vote in the mid-terms, and vote in 2020 to return America to a greater standing in the eyes of our children, our parents, ourselves, and our allies across the globe.

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