Is it just me and my mother, or are there others here in Virginia that have not reserved their new Medicare cards? Does anyone know what we need to do to get our new cards? I just get “government speak” and run around.
Jeers to James City County Parks & Recreation for encouraging bicycles up on the skinniest, twistiest roads in the upper part of the county. What do you suppose happens when you come around a turn and they’re riding two and three wide, like nobody else is on the road but them? I almost had to put it in the ditch to keep from hitting the bicycles. Why don’t you instead encourage them to use the bike path that goes from the park at Chickahominy to Richmond and keep them off the road where they shouldn’t be and where they can’t be seen and ride two and three wide?
Looking for …
Replay Sports went out of business recently. Does anyone know how to contact them? I left them a self-addressed, stamped envelope to use to mail the money they owe me and they still did not send it.
I have noticed along the Parkway, Visitor Center area, there are antennas attached to stop and yield signs? What is that for?
The Williamsburg Women's Chorus is open to women of all ages and voice parts and is now holding auditions for new members. We are also looking into childcare being available during rehearsals. If interested, please email Beckie Davy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use it or lose it
Everyone complains about losing Kimball Theatre and other venues we have in the area, but it is probably the same people that never frequented these establishments in the past. If you want to keep these places, you should have attended while they were open. Keep our cute town and start attending events at these locations.
The Senior Living section and Savvy Senior column on June 23 did not include local, free resources on making a living will in Virginia. Health systems serving eastern Virginia offer in-depth information on making and updating living wills, health care powers of attorney and complete advance medical directives. Search Virginia Advance Medical Directives or contact medical providers in the Hampton Roads area. Every adult needs an advance medical directive and a conversation with family and friends about choices. This is a free service and well worth the personal effort.
Climate and weather
The person who asks why our summers are not breaking heat records is confusing weather with climate. Weather is local and short term; climate is global and long-term. Globally, 2017 was among the hottest years on record. You only have to look at what is happening to our own Tangier Island to see the effect of global warming.
Interesting use of the word “protest” in the article describing the Pro-Trump march down Monticello Avenue. It appears they were “demonstrating" their support for Trump. If they were “protesting," what were they protesting?
I wonder if the handful of Trump supporters would have come out if they'd known their guy was going to sell our country out to Vladimir Putin just two days later.
The residents of New Kent County spoke loudly to their Board of Supervisors and the New Kent Planning Commission regarding the recent requested conditional-use permit application by Curtis Security Consulting Inc. for a proposed tactical training center in New Kent County. While the request was withdrawn, the broad array of comments by residents over the past three months is impressive. Specifically, on July 10, the county provided the agenda and attached materials for the scheduled July 16 Planning Commission meeting, including almost 200 pages of written comments from residents and other interested parties opposed to this request. The meeting had already been relocated from the usual New Kent Planning Commission offices to the high school, based on the broad input received from the community, well before the request was withdrawn. Democracy at work!
Everyone seems concerned about the panhandler’s dog and they should be, but what about the panhandler? Does he have a place to go to get out of the heat and cold? Maybe his dog is his only companion. Can any of our organizations that help the homeless look into his situation?
For a local parent with a daughter attending the College of William and Mary — does anyone else care about the highly dangerous intersection where Compton Drive through campus meets Monticello? No traffic lights, no turning signs.
I was very upset this morning when I drove by a dead goose on Route 199 and Route 5 on the pond side. Can DMV place a sign, “Slow, geese ahead”? Someone must have been going fast to not be able to stop.
Another opioid user saved, according to an item in the July 14 Gazette. For yet another overdose? How many times do over users get to play Russian roulette? How many times do well-meaning people try to save those who won't be saved? Does any of it make any sense?
This is on the subject of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana and the opioid crisis. I believe medical marijuana should be legal in certain cases. I believe recreational marijuana should never be legalized. The side effects are that people want to be high all the time. Medical marijuana may avoid some of the drugs that are not good for people, but legalizing more drugs doesn’t help the opioid crisis. Thank you.
I agree with the caller regarding the movie, “Man in the Orange Shirt” not being appropriate. It wasn’t up to the standards of PBS. Thank you.
I have a problem with loud music in places of business. It is annoying and I simply try to avoid places that have loud music. Some examples are Macy’s, the new Earth Fare and the restrooms in Harris Teeter. Now Pearson Toyota has joined the list. When I complain, I am told that the music settings are controlled by “corporate management.” At Macy’s, vendors have a contract which allows them to control the music in their areas. After I complained to Walmart corporate, they did turn the music down a little in the pharmacy area at Village Walmart. Does anyone else have this concern? Could we start a “turn it down” campaign? Would any audiologists have an opinion?
Just received my July issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Adviser. It names Williamsburg as one of "9 Great Places to Retire" nationwide. The newsletter said retirees are often looking for slower paced, budget-friendly, small to midsize towns that offer first-class health care and a wealth of cultural amenities. Williamsburg fits the bill. It's why my wife and I retired here eight years ago. According to the article, the other great retirement destinations are: Mesa, Ariz.; Richland, Wash.; Portland, Maine; Lancaster City, Penn.; Lexington, Ky.; Columbia, S.C.; Johnson City, Tenn.; and Venice, Fla. Hope our tourist marketing people can make good use of this well-deserved recognition.
According to the Center for Medicare and Medical Services, the federal agency that runs Medicaid, 68.2 million individuals used Medicaid in 2010. Of that, 5.8 million were "aged" (65 and older), while 33.9 million were children. A writer in the Last Word wants to put 300,000 lower-income people to work for their free medical. Extrapolating from those figures, more than half of those 300,000 are seniors and children. Look at the statistics before getting indignant about people getting free medical care. All Americans should take to heart and action the following quotation from American writer and novelist Pearl Buck (1892-1973), best known for her novel, “The Good Earth” and recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature: “... the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members."
Monday night my sister and I went to dinner. A father, his son and a friend were seated at our table. We enjoyed our dinner and the chance to chat with our new friends. They left before us and when I asked for our bill I was told “it was taken care of.” What a pleasant surprise. My sister and I want to thank Mr. Joseph Stanko and his baseball playing son.
On July 11, two senior citizens were transporting a large piece of furniture in an SUV going west on John Tyler Highway. They stopped at the intersection of Greensprings Road and Route 5. After the green light, as they accelerated moderately, the furniture fell out of the back of the SUV. There they were, 100 feet beyond the traffic light with their furniture in the middle of the road at the intersection. Some cars passed by quickly but a white Honda with two young men in it put on their flashers, stopped behind the furniture, and offered their help get it back into the SUV. Then an Estes transport semi pulled up and offered to help by using his electric dolly to put it in his trailer and take it to our destination. We readily accepted his offer. What a wonderful world to live in when strangers are willing to help as these three gentlemen demonstrated. We failed to get the names of the two young men, but will formally thank the truck driver. Please accept our deepest gratitude to the three volunteers. Their parents have to be proud of them.
We recently purchased carpeting for our guest bedroom from Carpet Gallery on 2nd Street. It turned out the carpet on the roll had a flaw at the end and Greg, the manager, offered me two other selections in stock for the same price. After the installation, I was not happy with the carpet and Greg quickly arranged to have the carpet removed and replaced with new carpet at no expense. Great service and I highly recommend Carpet Gallery at 757-253-0688.
Up in Washington
Mitch McConnell has a chance to redeem himself from his shameful refusal to let the Senate vote on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for a seat on the Supreme Court. His excuse? It was an election year and the voters should have a say. Well, this is an election year Mitch, so let’s give the people a chance to weigh in on. It is the fair thing to do.
I noted the writer never complained when Obama was stacking the Supreme Court with liberals with the appointments of Sotomayor and Kagan. President Trump appointed Justice Gorsuch, a Constitutionalist, as a replacement for Justice Scalia, also a Constitutionalist. Trump is planning on replacing the retiring Anthony Kennedy, a Constitutionalist, with his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, also a Constitutionalist. This would appear to be keeping the court in balance, since Constitutionalists had a 5:4 edge before the death of Justice Scalia and the retirement of Justice Kennedy.
Trump and Russia, We just can’t figure it out. I’ll bet if we had Trump’s tax returns or business records it likely would be all too clear.
The 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between Ali and Foreman was called the "rumble in the jungle." The recent Putin/Trump meeting is now being called the "stinky in Helsinki.”
The politicians in America are so short sighted and so beneath Trump. They don’t understand that he is sparring with Putin. These are the two greatest countries with nuclear weapons. They cannot be open enemies. They spar with one another, trying to get an edge. That’s what Trump is doing. You don’t want to try to get an edge while you’re fighting with somebody, but the people of America don’t realize that. Trump does because he is a politician second, and an American first. He’s got to get to the point where he can move in on any opening on Putin without Putin putting anything up against him, to keep him from doing that. The American people aren’t capable of this because they don’t think on international lines — they’re thinking on American lines. You got to think on the international people around the world and what is best for them, what is best for the Earth, what is best for the United States.
Our presidents are elected to abide by the Constitution including freedom of the press. It is important to remember that Trump's attacks on the press violate the Constitution and that "fake news" is really any factual reporting that contradicts or does not support him.
D.A. Willards’ letter uses some silly examples to make a point. He says that President Trump is making new laws. I assume he is talking about illegal immigrants. Mr. Willard, the president does not make laws; that is Congress’ responsibility. What is happening now is that the laws made by Congress in other administrations are being enforced. The president has suggested a revision of the laws, but the resist crowd will not cooperate along with some Republicans. So, resist and nothing happens. It has been said that what goes around comes around.
When I was in college many years ago, I took a course from Henry Kissinger (before he was famous) about foreign policy, which, of course, does not make me an expert. One thing I learned is that U.S. foreign policy is a large edifice that is slowly and carefully built by thousands of professionals over many decades. Imagine how those many professionals must feel after watching a clumsy, unskilled bulldozer driver turn that edifice into a large pile of dust in the course of a short trip to Europe. It will take a very long time for US foreign policy to recover, and in the meantime a lot of countries will no longer take us seriously.