Last Word on drug use, Aug. 4

Drug use

This is in response to the shocking Last Word item on July 25, when a writer asked how many times must one be revived from an overdose. The Bible says to forgive 70 times, seven times. Is it not the same for a human life? If someone were having a second or third heart attack, would you say, "sorry, put the defibrillator away, you've been saved before"?

Campus precinct

This is a good idea. The census counts students registered at W&M in the total population (about 8,000 students added to our about 7,000 residents) so by sheer count, voting should be allowed on campus. Only about 25 percent or fewer residents vote. Students voting would lead Williamsburg into the future because the residents do not seem to care.

Changes downtown

I totally agree with the reader’s comment in the July 14 issue concerning changes downtown. I’ve been saying the exact same thing for a long time. Visitors came to see our charming town, to get away from the hubbub. What’s the draw to our town now? More grocery stores, tire stores, more buildings, more traffic, more people? I don’t think so. I understand development is needed, but I think city planners need to take a hard second look at what they’re allowing to happen here.

JCC wages

Everyone feels they deserve more pay, but that said, pay is dictated by the qualifications needed to do a job. The low-paying JCC jobs are those not needing educational qualifications. Affordable housing is based on what one can afford to pay for their housing; it’s not up to government to provide affordable housing in any given area. The reason we moved to JCC is affordable taxes. If you can’t afford to live in the area you work in, you commute to your job.

Merchants Square

I read that Binns fashion shop, a longtime tenant in its current location in Merchants Square, will move into James City County in September. The article says that the lease will be up soon and the landlord, Colonial Williamsburg, didn’t renew it. Wow! After more than at least 55 years at that location. (I know it was there before I graduated from high school here in 1964.) I wonder who will be out next? Merchants Square used to be the shopping destination for residents of the city and county, now it seems CW just wants shops for tourists.

I’m very sad to hear that Colonial Williamsburg did not renew the lease of Binns department store on Duke of Gloucester Street. They certainly have been an icon for the whole area for many, many years. I’m very sad to hear this. Thank you.

Well, we lost the drugstore, Casey’s, Binns and the small town charm. What we really need is a beer garden, pizza parlor and food trucks on the Palace Green. “Let the future learn from the past.”

We are so disgusted to read that Binns, a beautiful store with beautiful clothing, shoes and more, has been chased out of town by the landlord that brought a ubiquitous chain store to replace our still missed Williamsburg Drug Store. Obviously, whoever is in control has no awareness of the unique appeal of non-chain stores in tiny Williamsburg. The appeal is that it does have local distinct shops.

Looking for …

To the person looking for someone to prune or trim shrubs: I recommend Rodney Jones of RL Jones Lawn Care and Creative Notions, great landscaper and affordable rates. Call 757-508-0726.

Found on Jolly Pond Road between JCC transfer station and Deerwood Lane: A set of car keys. Call 757-564-8461 to identify and reclaim.

In response to the person's search for someone to do lawn work at a residence, we have used Matt Pousson at Cypress Landscape Maintenance and have been more than pleased. His phone number in Williamsburg is 757-293-8418. He does an excellent job pruning and trimming and leaves the property spotless. No job is too small.

To the person looking for a reliable landscaper to trim shrubs: Try A-Plus Landscaping at 757-250-3333. They maintain several homes in my area. Anthony is responsive, reliable and upfront about costs.

Looking for a stylist in the Williamsburg area who is great at highlighting hair. Not interested in a spa experience, just want a great colorist and hair cutter.

Has anybody in this area ever tried the My Pillow that’s been advertised on TV? It looks very interesting, but it’s $59 and I wasn’t sure if it’s worth that much. Has anybody in this area ever tried out the My Pillow and would you recommend it?

I’m wondering if someone could please recommend a good lawn care service that they are happy with. The present source I use has been very inefficient, and I would like to have my lawn redone in the early fall.

Does anyone know of a grocery store other than Walmart that carries Blue Bunny ice cream. Food Lion has started carrying the new sundaes that are advertised by Blue Bunny, but that’s just a little cup sundae, and I’m looking for larger cartons.

Road worries

So VDOT can add a bike lane from Anderson’s Corner to Stonehouse School but they can’t fix the water that’s standing in the west-bound lane past Anderson’s Corner, which is a genuine safety hazard? Go figure.

Some changes need to be done to the traffic light at Monticello Avenue and Windsor Meade. People are not paying attention to the “no turn on right” signal. Maybe a flashing light is in order there.

What part of yield don’t people in Williamsburg understand? They used to be yellow signs, but now they’re red and still no one pays attention to them. VDOT ought to just get rid of the yield signs and put up stop signs.

Attention pedestrians

Pedestrians, before you walk off that curb, please look both ways. If a vehicle has a green light, don’t walk out in front of that vehicle to cross the street. It’s easier for you to stop than for the person driving that vehicle to stop a 3000-pound car or truck. You should have the right to go and look both ways. If you are in a crosswalk, please look both ways before proceeding, and please do not walk out between two parked cars in front of an oncoming car. That is an easy way to get hit.

Another grocery

We need a supermarket on Merrimac Trail where Farm Fresh used to be — we only have Food Lion now. So, please consider another supermarket where Farm Fresh was on Merrimac Trail. Thank you.

Tourism sales tax

Where the Tommy Tax will hurt the most is not the tourists, but the locals — from the owners to the workers to the customers. The customer will go out of the area to avoid the taxes and this will hurt the business, the owner and the workers. The local business wants to keep their steady local customers, which offsets the low-tourist time. If the locals go elsewhere, the local business will soon have to close. Sorry for this tax situation.

PBS movie

I'm not sure why some people say “Man in an Orange Shirt” is inappropriate for PBS. If it's because it's centered around two gay love stories, please remember where we would be without the contributions of gay people. Typhoid Mary never would have been found, and millions of babies would have been subjected to injury, illness or death without the work of S. Josephine Baker. The Allies would have, at best, defeated the Axis powers months or years later, and at worst lost WW II without the work of Alan Turing. I wonder if we could have gotten to space faster than the USSR or cured cancer by now if more gay people were accepted?

Thank you, Sentara

My husband has been to Sentara Williamsburg many times in the last few years. He has been on both the third and fourth floors. I have always thought the nursing staff and all partners were outstanding. This last time he was on 3 North and we had the pleasure of having Kim, our RN, and Melinda, her partner. Both women were outstanding professionals who were not only knowledgeable but also kind and understanding to my husband. Melinda helped us in so many ways and always came promptly when we rang for assistance. Sentara should be very proud of all its nursing staff and especially these two wonderful women.

Check the facts

In response to someone touting the credibility of Factcheck.org, I say the best fact checker is you, yourself. No matter the "fact checking" site, there is a slant to their "facts," whether it be right or left. With the plethora of information available today, research things yourself and form your own opinion; don't depend on others to do it for you.

GDP growth

You can thank Trump for the GDP growing 4.1 percent last quarter. Any manufacturer that uses steel or aluminum bought tens of billions of these metals in anticipation of 25 percent hikes this quarter. Fake number.

Retired in Williamsburg

I would be very happy to take Mr. Fred (19th century) Siegel on a driving tour of my Northeast states to show him how roundabouts really work when you don't have to fear Virginia drivers.

Lost credit cards

In reference to the person who wrote in about not reporting lost credit cards: They are missing something else besides credit cards. To let him have somebody steal his card, then not report it and just wait until the bill comes in — he is doing a big disservice to the place where the card was misused. He is letting a bad person get away with something, and that person could be just taking advantage of a lot of people and never get caught if he is never reported. Even though they don’t know who actually stole it, they know who used the card. Thank you.

This is in regard to the lost credit cards. Anybody who loses a credit card every week is not responsible enough to carry them. The credit card company has to pay for their fraud team to take the charges off, and the taxpayers are the ones that end up paying for you not being responsible and losing your credit card.

Immigration

If you believe we should have open borders, simply remove your front door in protest of the president's policies. Also, include a sign welcoming anyone and everyone to come in and take anything they want. Come on, do it for the children.

I paid into Social Security for 50 years. If my money is not in my account on the second Wednesday of October because Trump shut down the government because he couldn't get the money for his wall from Mexico, he better get on a plane to Moscow and never come back.

Library changes

I had a thought about the lack of space issues at the Williamsburg Regional Library. What if the space currently occupied by the auditorium were converted to the needed space for the library? Then the city of Williamsburg could purchase the Kimball Theatre to replace the WRL auditorium. That might solve two problems, plus save the taxpayers some money. And, it would keep the library in its current location.

Free to you

A 27-inch Sharp tube-type table model TV. Works just fine. You pick up or may deliver locally. 565-9537.

Shooting guns

I was an NRA member and I supported them a lot back in the days when their magazine had articles about hunting and trapshooting, and they sponsored events where people could get together and talk about shooting as a sport. But then the organization got taken over by politics and you picked the magazine up and it was just one article after another about how Obama wants to take away all your guns. I got sick of it. If you are worried about liberals taking away your guns, take your liberal friends out for an afternoon of trap shooting. They'll come away with a better understanding of what guns are for. Lots of people are afraid of guns because they never actually held one. Screaming at people doesn't help, but an hour with clay pigeons will.

Little things

In the Last Word Saturday, when I read “little things” making a difference, it reminded me of an old saying. When someone would be the last to leave a room and not turn off the lights, we’d remind them of saying, “when not in use, conserve the juice.” By “juice,” we meant electricity.

Medicare cards

New Medicare cards have been sent out to Virginia according to the Medicare.gov website. If you have not received your card, you should check with Medicare to make sure they have your correct mailing address by calling 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227). If you have any issues, you can call your local VICAP (Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program) at 1-866-758-2386.

Water supply

One of the scariest things I have ever heard was the program, "Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow," which would purify waste water and inject it back into the Potomac Aquifer. The purification of waste water is a good idea and is doable. The Gazette article stated that a treatment facility would pump 8-10 million gallons a day back into the Potomac Aquifer. How many million people draw their water from that aquifer? What would happen if some of the water pumped back became contaminated? How could contamination be contained or remediated? Purified water needs to be contained in above ground reservoirs where there is a possibility that problems could be contained and remediated.

Socialism

The current generation needs to understand that capitalism has raised more boats than socialism has sunk. Socialism supports the redistribution of wealth by the government handing out of free stuff. Remember JFK's admonition not to ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. Today it's all about what you should expect from your country with little or no reciprocity.

A survey of Americans, ages 18 to 34, found that 62 percent believe the government should handle our economic problems. Sixty-one percent of Democrats have a positive view of socialism. Wonder what happened to self-reliance and hard work for everyone to achieve the American dream? Why would we ever want the government to control our economic prosperity, again?

Pay attention

I went online to renew my vehicle registration, because DMV is not mailing out renewal materials anymore, so I could send in a check. I thought I was on the official DMV site and filled in all the information. Then it said the price, which seemed too much. Sure enough, it was a third-party weasel extracting an extra $29. It was too late to cancel the transaction by the time I realized it. The worst part is that it says my registration would be delivered to me within 15 business days — and the real DMV confirmed my order — but here it is July 30 and I do not have it. My order was placed July 6. The real DMV used to return my registration in about eight days when I dealt directly with them. Be careful!

Follow the money

Seeing a TV commercial for home loans caused me to reminisce and wonder: are the folks who helped people into home loans they couldn't sustain years ago thus precipitating the home loan crisis, the same thoughtful folks getting students into loans they aren't likely to be able to repay?

Endorsement letter

As a York County resident and Independent, I was appalled to see that Sheriff Danny Diggs, an elected official, wrote a letter of support for a candidate for U.S. Supreme Court justice. As a citizen, he certainly has a right to express his opinion, but it just doesn't seem right that he should do so while identifying himself as our sheriff.

Tariffs

While the soybean farmers that a commenter called out might be suffering, steel and aluminum workers are celebrating. Also, steel and aluminum are vital to our national security; on the other hand, soybeans not so much. I will also add that the number of workers in the steel and aluminum far exceeds the number of soybean farmers.

Now that American farmers have made their voices heard about the president's tariffs which are crippling their overseas sales, there is a promised bailout for them to offset their losses. How about a bailout for the American consumer who will be paying the tariffs every time they buy anything manufactured in Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and all other countries our president is at war with?

Recommended

For the person looking for someone to clean their dryer vents: I use SanAir, 757-873-2091. I was pleased and the cost was very reasonable. They have to work hard to be able to clean my dryer vents because of where the washer and dryer sit within the house. Good luck.

Mike of Four Seasons Painting told me his favorite pizza place is Bellissimo, on Mooretown Road across from Sentara Hospital in the Home Depot/Brazilian Tile shopping center. Their large is 18 inches, not 16, as others. Great crust and great tomato sauce.

For tree trimming. I always use Yard Works of Williamsburg, Ken Butler, 565-4624. His guys always do a good job, and he doesn’t overcharge.

Would you like to have the best ever computer man to work on your computer? Then you need to email Randy at randy@cy-berwizards.com or call him at 273-0708. I have had him work on my computer for quite a while now and he is great. Also, he will respond to your call or email quickly and come to your house on time!

This is to highly recommend Robert Hodge from WMPG, FM 93.5. He’s a wonderful and extremely talented DJ who was the DJ at my retirement party and could not have been more fun. He takes requests, he lets you sing along with the songs with the microphone and you couldn’t ask for a better DJ. His number is 757-814-0235.

This is for anyone looking for an excellent carpet cleaner — wall to wall or area rug. Tidewater Carpet is absolutely phenomenal and takes such good care of cleaning your carpet and moving your furniture at very reasonable prices. I highly recommend them. So please call 757-380-8820. Thank you.

Cheers to Nicole for opening her new nail salon, Nails by Nicole! I always went to her for pedicures when she was at another salon. She gives the best pedicures I have ever had. She is in the shopping center at the corner of Ironbound and John Tyler, where Farm Fresh used to be. She is fabulous. Phone is 345-5620.

I highly recommend the professional power washing of All Smiles Roof Cleaning house washing. Excellent service. Call 757-634-0112.

Doing good

Smith Memorial Baptist Church will host a clothing giveaway on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. For community members in need of clothing, the giveaway allows the opportunity to browse men’s, women’s and children’s clothing gathering needed items for free. Local residents interested in donating can drop off clean, gently used items at the church’s Family Life Center Aug. 20-24. Smith Memorial is located at 6515 Richmond Road. For further information, call the church office at 757-565-0476.

Up in Washington

President Trump believes that "Made in America" is not just a slogan — it is a way of life. I couldn't agree more. He is keeping his promises and through his actions helping ordinary hard-working Americans. He is saving American democracy.

Collusion isn't a crime. Conspiracy to commit espionage and/or defraud the government of the United States is.

Great! We now have a U.S. president who calls the American people “stupid,” and Russia tweets in agreement. The elephant in the room is that our president has stated on numerous occasions that he views Russia as the next big opportunity for Trump real estate/branding. I am sure that Putin keeps waving that carrot. Does anyone really believe that, when talking with Putin (and dealing with Russia in general), the Trump family will do anything to put that opportunity at risk? If you do, I have a bridge.

There are fewer than a hundred days to the fall election and our president is spinning the lie that the Russians have hacked the American election system and are going to do it to support the Democrats. That way, when Republicans lose control of Congress in November, it won’t be his fault; it will be because the Russians did it and the 22 percent of the American electorate that thinks he walks on water will believe him.

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