Last Word on posting signs, July 11

Whose land?

There is a large sign on the corner of News Road and Monticello Avenue. The sign appears to be on public property (parks and recreation). I hope James City County is receiving rent for that space. Editor’s note: according to the Christy Parrish, James City County zoning administrator, the sign is on private land with the consent of the owner. It and all other non-commercial signs in the county may stay up for 90 days without a permit.

Environmental issues

How dare the Gazette include stories about rising sea levels threatening Jamestown and pesticides killing insects and birds? Thanks to the head of the EPA, we know that climate change isn't real and chemicals are the only way to dominate the Earth. Besides, the scientists who track such things are losing their funding and jobs so they can't spread their "facts" to warn us.

Delinquent taxes

Email sent to members of Williamsburg City Council, interim city manager and finance director on June 22: “Yes, we got a Delinquent Real Estate Tax Notice. No, we didn’t get the original mailing. Yes, we are sure that we didn’t get the original mailing. City employee was very helpful and pleasant. Fixed for this time. However, in accordance with city policy, it is a one-time dispensation and our record is flagged. Embarrassing. Minimum fix required ASAP: Certainly, a tech savvy Williamsburg that can email city residents about garbage and recycle pickup can do the same for real estate and personal property mailings and due dates.” Response from the city of Williamsburg: zilch, nada, nothing.

Fox & Friends

I can remember when not only Fox News would come to town, so would Good Morning America, the Today Show and many others, including the BBC. Film crews and news networks have combed the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg for many, many years. CW still welcomes all of them and takes a nonpolitical stance when they arrive to film and interview. Colonial Williamsburg welcomes the publicity and realizes not all people agree with who is doing the interviewing, which is, after all, part of being American. We can agree to disagree.

Looking for …

If anyone has experience dealing with oral lichen planus, I would appreciate hearing from you. I am 81 years old and developed this painful condition recently. I've seen an ENT and tried steroid treatments, diet modification and stress management. Just wondering if there are other tips or suggestions that could give me encouragement that this situation might be helped with something else? Does anyone recommend seeing a dermatologist or know of one with experience in dealing with this? Please reply in Last Word or email me at Gdad37@cox.net. Thank you.

We have a great way to remove rust from almost any surface: Give Lenny’s Power Washing a call at 566-3258.

To remove rust stains on concrete, you’ll need to make a paste of four parts white vinegar, four parts common household flour, one part baking soda, one part lemon juice, one part Kosher salt, one part cayenne pepper and one part ground black pepper. Using gloves, apply the paste directly to the stains and cover with pieces of plastic, securing the edges with rocks or athletic shoes or such. Allow the paste to “cook” under the plastic for 30-40 minutes, then scrub strongly with a wire brush. Rinse area with cold water and the stains will be gone. This safe and non-toxic solution will not harm your lawn, pets or wildlife.

Now that the wonderful vegetable stand at the Williamsburg Shopping Center will no longer be selling in that parking lot, does anyone know of local stands where farmers are selling their produce besides the Farmers Market on Saturdays? Thank you.

I noticed when the Lightfoot Antique Store closed that the flea market was gone too. Does anyone know where they are holding the flea market? The antique store moved up where the old Sears used to be. Will they have a flea market there as well? I have been able to sell many items at the flea market. Please post a reply in the Gazette.

Please tell us the dynamic music duo Spencer & Beane is playing in Williamsburg soon. They are wonderful! Beautiful musicians with unique arrangements of beautiful music. Bring them back, please.

Trying times

When I look at the moral state of our nation today, I wonder how we ever got to this point. A writing by Dr. D. James Kennedy, former senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, deceased in 2007, was very prophetic of today's world: "When you have an immoral society that has blatantly, proudly violated all of the commandments of God, there is one last virtue they insist upon: tolerance for their immorality. They will not have you condemning what they have done as being wrong; and they created a belief system in which it is not, and in which they are no longer the criminal or the villain or the evil person, but you are." That pretty well sums up what has happened in our American society. God will have the last word.

Hot dogs

I'm amazed that this peculiar American pastime still exists, given that the World Health Organization has determined that eating hot dogs and other processed red meats increases the risk of colon cancer, not to mention contributing to our national obesity problem. Meat production also has a detrimental effect on climate change. Perhaps a cucumber eating contest, for example, would be a good, clean and safe alternative.

Kimball Theater

We keep hearing that "people are discussing the Kimball’s future …" but we never read anything. So who is doing the talking? What all is being discussed? We need our films back. We want to enjoy the kinds of movies and films any town of our size would have. And the Kimball is still the best location, so we can dine before and/or after, meet friends, enjoy errands. Really, there is no other commercial area around that has the fun of people meeting people that Merchants Square has.

Spam calls

To the person who keeps getting “spam” calls: Spam is not just meat in a can anyone. These are likely telemarketers or others who may be trying to take advantage of you. I suggest you attend the “Elderly Exploitation series” at Edgeworth Park at New Town. Part 2 is on July 16.

There is a new spam re: Cox Communication email accounts that threatens to shut down and delete all of your emails unless you select a “Request to Cancel Shutdown” that responds by asking you to fill out a form with your email and password. There are a number of grammatical and spelling errors in the warning email, but the graphics, wording and threat are so alarming that my first instinct was to respond. Fortunately, I did not complete the response and called Cox, where I learned that one can forward any spam to phishingreport@cox.net to report any suspect message.

To the person asking about spam calls: Did you ask your phone company? Perhaps your phone company has identified it as potential "junk mail" calls and indicates this by using the label "spam," because most people know that it doesn’t mean that lovely canned meat we know and love. Ask them to assist with blocking calls. Also, put your number on the FTC Do Not Call list. Their number is 888-382-1222 and you have to call from the phone you want to register. The website address is donotcall.gov/confirm/Conf.aspx or consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry.

Great concert

Thanks to Merchants Square and Culture Fix for the great Fourth of July concerts. The USAF Band was wonderful as always — and thanks to them for their service. And the new group, Brasswind, was outstanding. Bring them back. And thanks for doubling up on Chicago tunes.

Tax policy

I am a conservative. I generally vote Republican in the belief, nay hope, that their policies will start to shrink our alarming national debt. But this administration’s tax cuts combined with increased spending is exacerbating the deficit. The theory that such actions will result in increased economic activity, such that the taxes on the added income will off-set the revenues lost due to the tax reductions, is just so much hokum. Never has and never will. And to add to the problem, the present tariff policies will result in a slowdown in domestic and international economic activity. I’ve never seen one group screw it up so badly. It’s enough to make me think of voting Democrat.

Guns

It has become all too common to blame the president whenever a tragedy strikes the U.S. The shooting at the newspaper in Annapolis was the act of a person with a long history of mental illness and violent outbursts. Interestingly enough, in the last two mass shootings, the perpetrators both used shotguns and explosive devices. I am sure this was a relief to so many of you that feared the dreaded "assault" rifle. The harsh reality is we have a serious mental health issue in this country and are doing next to nothing to address the issue. Apparently, the stigma of mental illness is so feared that we prefer to blame an inanimate object for the violence rather than the person committing the crime. "We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, that society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – Ronald Reagan

Too much trash

It saddens me to see all of the trash I am seeing at College Creek. I have spoken to the rangers and recently a Marine police officer about it and they are doing all that they can. The amount of paper trash, litter and beer cans is very concerning for if they are not removed, they end up in the James. What I am seeing is awful and I am wondering if there are any civic groups or volunteers who pick up trash here. I think there once were.

Supreme Court

After the president has packed the Supreme Court with far right judges who have sworn personal fidelity to him, his first goal is to overthrow Row v. Wade. Once that has happened, then he can focus on over throwing Brown v. The Board of Education. Then he will have completed his dream of taking America back to the era of “Leave It to Beaver,” when women stayed at home, men were the bread winners and those who didn't look like the Cleavers knew their place.

Up in Washington

President Trump’s new slogan, “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” is absolutely accurate. We must ask ourselves what is the impact of those promises. Tariffs are bringing inflation and costing lost jobs. Tax cuts have mortgaged our children’s and grandchildren’s future, and also assured that the inevitable recession will be deeper than usual because he has eliminated the tools to respond to it. His alienating our allies and Muslims has undercut our national security. Be careful what you ask for.

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