Fourth of July
Congratulations and a big thank you to the Kiwanis Club! It was so much fun at the Ice Cream Social — thank you for bringing it back! The new band was super and very welcome.. This event was greatly missed as part of the 4th of July festivities. Many volunteers were needed to pull this off, and thanks to them,as well. Hope this will be an ongoing tradition. Great job!
My husband and I were in the Historic Area Thursday night to see the fireworks. On our way to our group, we passed by a man preaching loudly in the middle of DoG Street. There were at least two people, one right behind him and the other up in his face, ridiculing him, while others were recording on their cell phones, and still others shouting obscenities toward him. I found their boorish, juvenile behavior toward this man reprehensible and offensive. On the day celebrating our nation's independence, this man had a right to speak freely, and should not have been subjected to the abuse he encountered; it was sickening.
Thank you, Mr. President, for reminding We the People what it means to be an American! “We will never forget that we are Americans, and the future belongs to us.We are one people, chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. We all share the same heroes, the same home the same heart and we are all made by the same almighty God.”
The July 4th celebration staged by Trump was a farce. He always puts bleachers behind his podium with adoring stooges to massage his ego. Is this who we are? Do we need to flaunt our military power to the world? Unfortunately we have a showman in the White House who wants to emulate the autocrats he greatly admires. He has cheapened our celebration and spent a lot of money doing it.
Students choose to come to William and Mary because of its outstanding undergraduate faculty. US News & World Report lists its faculty as second only to Princeton. Do you think students come here because of its football or basketball program? The Princeton review of colleges says that at William and Mary you get a private-school education at a public-school price. Charging students $1,930 a year to support football and basketball when that cost would cover their textbooks is a misplaced priority. The administration needs to reconsider this charge. What is truly important about higher education? William and Mary is noted on the national scale, where it truly matters: the quality of its education.
I’m writing in response to a recent entry in the Last Word regarding Colonial Williamsburg. Yes, CW is not a theme park. It has no Ferris wheel, no roller coaster, no arcade. It’s intended to be that way. By reading the mission of CW, it is intended to educate us about early American history. Many people pay money to sites where they can trace their family roots. When visiting CW, you learn about our democracy’s roots. Education can come in many forms. So much in America has changed, and it is a challenge to keep museums, art galleries, and historic sites like CW viable. It will take creative thinkers to keep the historic attractions alive. Let’s hope our young people and our millenials will not lose site of where America began.
It feels like groundhog day! Once again CW is attempting to erase the parking lot between DoG Street and Prince George. This time they are planning restrooms and a splash area for young kids. They also seem to want to have the city pay for it. If CW wants to have city residents to pay for this reincarnation of their pipe dream they need to first go to the State House in Richmond and petition to have the Tommy Tax revoked; we already pay a portion of their bills and do not need to pay more. Their new price increases should be enough to cover the costs of the "improvements". Please CW give the locals reasons to shop and support Merchant's Square, not reasons to shop and eat at other venues.
Here we go again with these free parking lots — splash park, big screen TV. Didn’t the city learn anything? Did they put a splash park up in the park at Ironbound Road? No, it was going to be an insurance and a health hazard. Can you see it in this hot weather that we have here? Mold, mildew, you name it. We do not need a splash park. And, besides, which one of the restaurants up there or the stores are going to be wanting the families out there splashing around, getting soaking wet and come stomping through their stores? They want them in there eating, buying, and that’s how they make their money. Thank you.
Good Neighbor passes have gone up in price, but I’d like to remind our community, it’s still a year pass for $20. You don’t get this offer at Busch Gardens. You don’t get this offer at Water Country. It’s time to rally behind this museum and be grateful that you’re getting a discount. Thank you.
I also am glad that Mr. Reiss is leaving Colonial Williamsburg, and I wish the two vice presidents that he brought in at exorbitant salaries would leave with him so that the money could be used to pay for decent men and women to work in the restored area as craftsmen and historic interpreters. Thank you.
Now that the CW president is leaving, we need to work of getting rid of the guy who is trying to take away our parking lot on the north side of Merchant Square!
I just read in the Gazette that the Good Neighbor pass for Colonial Williamsburg is going to be doubled in price. So I can assure Colonial Williamsburg that my wife and I will certainly not purchase that. We are not going to pay $20 for one pass. It is not worth it to do that. I thought it was a Good Neighbor pass. Obviously, they don’t think we’re good neighbors. We’re going to cease spending any money in Colonial Williamsburg or having our friends to come here to go there for dinner. So, Colonial Williamsburg, you lost out again. Have a good day.
Not one red cent, much less $2 million dollars of our beloved “Tommy Tax” should be spent on CW’s misguided effort to convert the P3 parking in Goodwin Square to a pedestrian plaza. I had hoped this concept had died a flaming death last time it came up but now read that with a lot of work and coordination behind the scenes, it has been resurrected. This idea is nothing but subterfuge to create a green space for upscale condominiums out of the current Goodwin Building. If we are going to spend the “Tommy Tax” on tourist enhancing projects, let’s spend it on projects like the indoor sports complex that will bring kids and families who will take advantage of our lodging, restaurants and shopping and not on some project to satisfy someone’s ego. My sampling of merchants surrounding Goodwin Parking resulted in a 100% “absolutely no” to the conversion. Let us see this 2016 parking study in its entirety to include the commissioners as well as the options and conclusions. Please let the Site Plan Review Committee, the Planning Commission and the City Council know that this is not what the voting public want.
Jamestown/Scotland ferries were on reduced capacity because the Pocahontas is out for maintenance. When is the new ferry coming? I thought it’s like over a year late, you know. When is the new ferry coming?
Looking for …
Does anyone know an antique dealer who makes house calls? It would be so appreciated. Thank you.
Can someone recommend a hair salon that specializes in highlights and hair color that’s somewhere in the Williamsburg area? It’s very hard to find somebody. Thank you so much.
This is for the person that was looking for a small dog groomer: Call Alexa at 258-9322. She does excellent work and is reasonably priced. Thank you.
Apparently, Long John Silver’s has closed its doors for good, but we need a replacement. How about Captain D’s? And bring Shoney’s along with it.
Does anyone know of a local company that can strip steps and then stain them at a reasonable price?
If there is any handyman out there someone can recommend — I have plenty of work for one to do. Just leave their name and telephone number in the Last Word, and I will certainly call them. Have a good day.
Where has Dr. Joe Fenn gone who was at Riverside Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists in Williamsburg? I called to make an appointment to see him and was told he was no longer with them.
One easy thing to do now that our current local recycling company only accepts #1 and #2 plastics bottles with necks: I just confirmed with Whole Foods in Newport News that they have a blue container for “Gimme 5” plastics such as yogurt containers. So rinse them out, stack them up and recycle the next time you head to Newport News.
Shame on James City County for wanting to charge for recycling! We pay over $1,600 a year in real estate taxes, for what? We are senior citizens, both over 80 who don’t use the schools. The road in Grove is terrible. They paved Route 60 a few years ago but stopped just after Busch Gardens. We have patches and potholes all the way to the Newport News line. Our recycling bin is only half full after two weeks. Why not pick up recycling after three, with no charge? Thank you.
I came here to Williamsburg/James City County about 20 years ago, and I worked for the school system as a substitute teacher and a substitute nurse. The teacher rate, I believe, at that time was $80 a day, and that was working about a 6½, 7-hour day. And so I’m not so sure what it is now, but it wasn’t so great. I did a lot better in nursing. Thank you.
When is James City County Water Authority going to post and tell us about the new water rate, and why are they raising the rate again?
How unfortunate to wake up on the morning of Saturday, June 29, and be subjected to William Bryant’s “America is not so great” diatribe in the Gazette. It read like a Cliff Note to Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States.” Right in line for the Fourth of July, too. Gandhi, in describing envy, said it was like the housefly that passes over the healthy parts of the body and lights only on the sores. It was unfortunate that some people choose to see this great country that way. Unfortunate, not for us, but for them.
Enjoyed the report
I always look forward to reading Don Winslow’s “Curmudgeon Report.” The June 24 commentary truly hit the nail on the head. Excellent.
We, too, were decades-long loyal customers of Patriot Buick. On seeing the news, I called and was advised Holiday was the closest GM dealer who would maintain the GM service record chain. Not only did Holiday take us on without hesitation, they provided speedy and courteous service, and did the inspection for free!
Memory tests are being given to patients during an office visit and physical. Is this insurance trying to get drivers off the roads? This is not fair! Everyone should be judged on their driving record. It’s certainly not senior citizens who drive while texting or talking on cell phones. Most don’t even have smart or simple cell phones. Someone who is the lone provider in a family needs their driver’s license to get to doctors’ appointments, drugstore, groceries, church, etc. There has to be a better way. Please find it. Thank you.
If you’re getting flu shots, pneumonia vaccines, pacemakers to live longer, shouldn’t you also get exercise to stand up straight, be able to stand on your own, walk about, take care of yourself? Just asking because we see so many totally helpless people in wheelchairs, many with paid help! Isn’t it simpler and cheaper to stay strong and active rather than wilt into dependence?
Great Britain allowed the slave trade and slavery for over 150 years in the American colonies. A post-revolutionary and independent America ended the slave trade and slavery. It seems like the country that started the institution should pay, not the country that ended it.
I’d like to offer a hearty shout out to the person who put the sign on Capitol Landing Road that reads, “Speed limit 35 miles an hour. This is not I-64.”
Bicycle riders wonder why people who drive cars don’t like them. Well, the peloton that’s blocking Fenton Mill Road is a prime example, considering the law requires them to ride single file along the shoulder of the road.
I just made somebody at Lowe’s mad — he was trying to load 16-foot treated timber into a Silverado truck’s 5-foot bed. I asked him to give me a 15-minute head start so I could get off of the highway before he got on because the boards he was loading were sticking out the back of the truck more than was in the bed.
Does the James City County Police Department not know about the left-lane law? Because twice in the last two days, I’ve watched one ride behind somebody on Route 60 and them get in the right lane and pass them instead of pulling them over for just riding in the left lane. Maybe they should be updated on the new laws that started last July.
Federal prosecutors have charged the Mexican drug cartel leader, El Chapo, with running a massive and profitable drug trafficking operation. The government can seize all of his assets, estimated at $14 billion and use this money to directly fund the construction of the wall on the southern border. Why don’t we do that? That would take care of the problem of finding money to build the wall. Thank you very much.
Employees of a furniture company protest their company’s contract with the government to provide beds for the kids who are sleeping on the floors of detention centers! Apparently, it is more important to take a stand against the treatment of detainees than to allow some relief. The inanity of such a “protest” should be apparent; sounds more like an internal dispute over something else.
No surprise that liberal CBS portrayed our detention centers for illegal immigrants as inhumane. What they failed to mention was that at least they now had a roof over their head and three meals a day, courtesy of the American taxpayer. My guess is that their present situation is still much better than what they left behind in their country. Also, let’s not forget it was their choice to come here illegally in the first place.
To me, calling the immigrant detention centers "concentration camps" is pretty close to denying the Holocaust. Deplorable as conditions in these centers are, they do not reach the level the Nazi concentration camps did. The Jews and other groups, in Nazi concentration camps had a lot less than toothbrushes and soap. Oh yes, they did get "showers." Concentration camps did horrible medical experiments on people, worked and starved them to death and mass murdered them. None of these things are happening in the detention centers.
I'm heartened that so many people feel so strongly about the detention centers. It gives me confidence that many of us would be in the streets protesting, if Nazi-style concentration camps were established by our government in our names. While you continue to raise your voices, please don't minimize the Jewish experience of the Holocaust by calling the detention centers "concentration camps." Thank you.
Well, it appears that the nails are in Bernie Sanders coffin for his election to be President. During the debate he admitted that he would have to raise taxes on the middle class to pay for all his “free” stuff. Bernie, who claims to be the savior of the middle class, would go on to hurt it through higher taxes. Still, all the other Democratic candidates who also claim that they would offer “free” stuff to all Americans didn’t state how it would be paid for.
When I was in basic training for my two-year military service we were forbidden to use the word “gun” when referring to our M1 rifle. It was to be called a “weapon” and woe betides the recruit who made a mistake. This was a valuable lesson reminding us daily that our rifle was meant to kill and that was its sole purpose. Let us be honest and refer to “guns” as the lethal weapons they are.
Up in Washington
We haven’t tested a nuclear weapon in all most 30 years because we know they work. North Korea only tested their nuclear weapons six times and know they work. Their arsenal has increased from 17 to 60 under Trump and could double again in two years while Trump sends love letters to them.
Western liberalism began on July 4, 1776, when our forefathers rejected inherited authority. Now Trump genuflects to the same type of dictators and mass murderers. It makes me sick.
Much to my disgust a recent commenter questioned whether Democrats know the meaning of pride. After several deep breaths to recover from a laughing spell one gets from a really good joke I decided I had to reply. Democrats do know the meaning of pride to the same degree that Republicans know the meaning of mendacity and the effects caused by a president with a Ph.D. in its use. Once you give up pride in telling the truth you have become a worthless lemming following the tail in front of you. Pride is a wonderful thing to have but without the truth what can you be proud of, lies?
Why is the RNC giving away tickets to Trump's donors for a multi-million dollar taxpayers financed 4th of July celebration? Sounds like another Republican boondoggle at taxpayers’ expense.
President Trump is considering allowing North Korea to keep its nuclear arsenal in return for a promise to build no more nuclear weapons. He also would relax sanctions. This is a case of Trump retreating and declaring victory. He claims to have averted a nuclear war that he threatened to start. This is traitorous and un-American. This is far worse than the (actually good) Iran nuclear agreement that he criticizes severely.
One must remember that Democrats prefer to pay for projects out of current income. The Republicans call that “tax and spend.” The Republicans, on the other hand, like to cut taxes and have their great grandchildren pay for the project. That’s called “irresponsible government.”
I saw on the news that President Trump went to Japan. I also saw on the news that people in Flint, Michigan, are still having a problem with their water. Any time you see Trump and Pence, they’re going on a trip some place. So, Pence is always coming to Newport News, and I think these two men need to get together and figure out what they can do for Flint to get those people clear drinking water. That sounds right. Clear air to breathe and clear water to drink. So, they going out and they got all this money, but they won’t go to Flint, Michigan. So, I think they really need to get on the ball. Thank you.
I wanted to offer a hurrah to Teresa at the Bonefish Grill in Williamsburg. She went above and beyond to accommodate my 96-year-old mother who has a terrible hearing problem and was in a walker. Teresa, your efforts were noted and very much appreciated. Thank you.
The Original Mattress Factory on Rochambeau Drive recently gave us wonderful service. Mr. McDaniel went out of his way to help resolve a complex situation for us. We recommend this store and its products to everyone needing mattress products and looking for outstanding service.