Good work by the city of Williamsburg and construction crews on widening the sidewalks adjacent to Longhill Road. The work was extensive and completed with minimum disruption. Also, good progress on the new Kiwanis Park. Looks like it will be an enjoyable recreation addition for the residents of the city and county. Thank you to those who planned and worked on these projects.
Great job by the JCC Rec Center staff, both inside and on the grounds. Women’s locker room maintenance and cleanliness are outstanding. The resurfaced trail is a pleasure to use, and the landscaping is well-planned and maintained. Thank you.
Dispose of properly
If you are a gum chewer, could you please have the common decency and courtesy not to spit it out on the sidewalk or street so that other people are left to step on it and ruin their shoes/car/carpeting/whatever? Let’s get some manners and some decency back. Please do not just spit gum out.
Honoring Sen. McCain
I have been watching the “Remembering Senator John McCain” off and on for the past couple of days, and I just want to comment on the empathy I feel for the family, having to go through so many services. I know part of it is because citizens want to give their condolences and such, but the emotional exhaustion must be draining for the family. I wonder if there’s something better that can be done. If anyone’s been through it, you know how draining just the preparations and the one day can be. Peace be to that family.
U.S. Code Title 4 (U.S. Flag Code) chapter 1 para 7(m) states that the U.S. flag will be flown at half-mast on the day of death and the following day for a member of Congress (senator, representative, delegate or the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico). Thank you, President Trump, for putting aside petty personal differences and issuing an executive order to extend the time at half-mast until day of interment, thereby showing respect for Sen. McCain's many years of service to our nation.
It is disgraceful that Congressman Wittman will not participate in a candidate debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Clearly, he is afraid to face us, his constituents. This behavior is not surprising, however, in light of his refusal to hold town hall meetings. His telephone conference calls are a poor substitute for in-person meetings; on top of which, he refuses to tell us in advance when the calls will be, so we can plan to be available. It’s time for us to elect a congressperson who cares what the constituents of CD1 have to say.
Recently we learned that the second quarter GDP growth was 4.1 percent (now revised to 4.2 percent). But where did it come from? The government subsidized growth by $168 billion for the year in the form of the annual increase in the budget deficit. This created a .9 percent increase in GDP (.7 percent from the tax cuts). Systemic growth was only 3.3 percent, and for the year around 2 percent. It is not a time to rejoice, but a time to evaluate the mortgage we took out for short-term purposes and for our children and grandchildren to pay off.
I was appalled at the comments made by Kyra Cook at the W-JCC Convocation. While attempting to celebrate the accomplishments of W-JCC, she made a very disparaging remark about the York County School Division. Clearly, Cook does not realize that many of the W-JCC faculty and staff live in and send their children to York County schools. Additionally, at a time when education professionals are — sometimes literally — under fire, shouldn't we be helping to raise each other up instead of tearing down a neighboring division in some ill-perceived competition? With the theme at convocation being "Elevate Beyond Excellence" and the talk of the importance of building relationships, I think Cook should re-evaluate her position as a representative in education.
Looking for …
We are looking for ground cover. We would be happy to thin and dig. Please call 220-3251. Thank you.
I am an elementary school teacher. Over the summer, I participated in a book study about "The Whole Brain Child." I learned about growing students' emotional intelligence and strategies on how to deal with students' anger. I am eager to apply these strategies in my classroom. The book talks about having a "Cool Down Zone,” so I wonder whether anyone has a small tent or pup tent that is clean and in good condition that would work for the classroom? I also am looking for another floor lamp. I will put both to good use: Call 564-0868 (please leave a message). Thank you!
I’m desperately in need of information about anyone who will come to your house and service a Husqvarna. My mower is totally not working. Please call me at 757-503-7077. Please help me out. I’m in desperate shape with grass to my knees. Thank you so much.
Is it possible to hire someone just to pull weeds? I never minded, but I can’t do it anymore because of back problems.
To the person who wanted to participate in a large yard sale: The Historic Triangle & Messmer Community Services Center has an indoor flea market the last Saturday of every month, except for July and August. Several people have their yard sales with us, as we are impervious to the weather. A 6-foot table is only $10 and an 8-foot table is $15. If you would like more information, call Laura at 757-817-0508. The next flea market is Sept. 29.
I am looking for a cart to go behind a miniature donkey. Does anyone know where I could find one? Please text me at 757-812-2440. Thanks.
A great trip
Just got the American Cruise Line mailer with “Colonial Christmas Cruise” on the cover. Their cruises are wonderful and the December cruise all around Chesapeake Bay sounds delightful. The ship docks in Yorktown, with visits to Williamsburg and Jamestown. Wonderful! I don’t work for the company, but have enjoyed many of their cruises and think they are superb.
Please don’t turn the lot behind Merchants Square into green space. The merchants there depend on those spaces for their business. Locals complain enough about the lack of parking — please keep the small-town atmosphere down there that makes this town so special.
What's next? Are visitors to Colonial Williamsburg to spend their shopping dollars in a Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret or a Dollar General rather than the charming shops that have graced Merchants Square for many years? Will replacing time-honored and much beloved shops with grass, fountains and an arcade tempt out-of-state visitors who come here for the charm, grace and unique qualities that only Colonial Williamsburg can offer? How are the disabled and elderly to enjoy what's left of Merchants Square with so little parking remaining? Is it the intent of city and CW to attract only the young and able-bodied who will spend their money in stores they can find in any mall? May the ghosts of the Capitol arise to remind us of the freedoms for which they fought and to preserve the historic atmosphere that only Colonial Williamsburg can offer. Thank you.
What are they thinking turning the parking area behind Talbots and R. Bryant into a park? I feel sorry for the merchants who pay high rents only to have this valuable parking space removed. I have lived in Williamsburg since 1950. I do not need a handicap sticker, but walking a long distance would be difficult. Much easier to shop elsewhere.
The city has shown a complete lack of competence when it comes to spending tax money for economic development. First there was the Arts District boondoggle. Followed more recently by the Culinary Arts District. A district that has been touted by the city as being a family, “go to,” pedestrian-friendly venue. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy, raze and maintain motel properties along Capitol Landing Road, the city has only a massage parlor (leased from an existing property owner) and city approval to erect a convenience store, with gas pumps, to show for their effort.
Mind your shot
This is a plea to all golfers who lack the skill and ability to confine their golf balls to the fairways, or even the rough, thereby damaging and trespassing upon adjacent properties: Please find another sport, or confine your efforts to the driving range until you improve. Otherwise, you risk causing severe bodily injury to an innocent bystander on private property. This isn't a joke. Take responsibility for your actions.
A friendly note to letter writer Mr. Reinhart: Beware, sir, I am from the great state of Massachusetts and we are all around you. When the 20th century arrived, and they finished Interstate 95, we decided to finish up with the witches and move to some place we would enjoy. However, if you and others continue to mock and insult us, we may have to start running for political office and push for more roundabouts. Then you would really be in trouble.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Are any groups organizing a remembrance ceremony? As a veteran, I'd like to help commemorate this day. Thanks.
It is not about condemning the panhandler for his chosen profession. The outcry is about his choice of location for his dog which is exposed to the elements — especially the sun/heat and proximity to the street traffic. There are better locations the man could pick to beg for money. Why wouldn’t he do that for the dog he loves?
I live in New Town and see the panhandler with the dog daily. The panhandler told me almost a year ago he just needed enough money to “pay for a hotel while his lady was in the hospital.” I told him about various organizations that could help him and he said he had already tried all of them. On a different encounter, I offered him a hamburger and water for himself and his dog. After saying “thank you,” he immediately took the onions and pickles off the burger and fed it to his dog. My heart broke. On another encounter, I told him that if he walked straight down Casey Boulevard, he would literally run into our United Way. I told him they could easily help him. I even offered to drive him and his dog. He again said “thank you” and kept walking. My most recent encounter was while I was leaving Pet Smart. I watched the panhandler with the dog and the older, gray-haired female panhandler who stands at the corner of Windsor Meade and Monticello get out of an old white van, which drove off. The gray-haired woman went to her normal spot and the young man with the dog headed toward New Town. I suspect panhandling is their job, and as long as we give them a reason to show up for their job, they will. I know I’m done supporting their employment.
Again with the panhandler and his dog. Haven’t you beaten this dead horse enough? You don’t have to give him money. You can give him a gift card for the dog — buy food for him if you think he’s not being fed — to the various pet supply companies that are within walking distance of where the man is located. Even if you’re afraid he’s not getting fed, give him a gift card to McDonald’s or Burger King or somewhere nearby. We’ve got better things to talk about.
To suggest that the panhandler loves his dog is pure naivete. The dog is nothing more than a prop to get sympathy, as most people treat their pets like family. Would anyone else take their baby out in the heat and dangerous road conditions to obtain money from others? I think not. Unemployment is at 4 percent; he should get a job and be a responsible pet owner.
Olde Town drains
There are two very large drain ponds on Olde Town Road. One is beside the Starbucks near Route 60; the other is on the corner of Ewell Station by Oceans & Ale. I do not know who is responsible for them. They were a good improvement, as a lot of rain has filled them up over and over again. One has stayed pretty clear; the other is filled with trees and bushes. Someone needs to clean up the second drain. The trees are a hindrance to traffic coming in and out of Ewell Station, and the standing water is a mosquito haven. It is not draining completely and aesthetically it is unruly. If it belongs to Premium Outlets, management needs to come down to this end and take a look. I’m quite certain it has become not what was intended. The other Outlet properties always looks good. If it is James City County, please send someone out to evaluate that area.
Free to you
Firewood (crepe myrtle branches that overhung our roof were cut down). Winston Terrace area, not far from the Chickahominy House on Jamestown Road. Please respond in the Last Word to arrange pick up.
Company you keep
A philosopher/theologian was once asked who he thought would spend eternity with God and his answer was simple: He said, "Anyone who can stand it." Just a thought for those who cannot abide the poor, the sick, other races and ethnic groups, etc. If you think they will not be there, then you had better reread the life of Jesus. He loved and lived with Jews, Gentiles, the poor, the sick and the broken.
I’m watching the news and they’re talking about the statue that was destroyed, “Silent Sam.” I wonder why each and every one of those students was not expelled and arrested and charges brought against them for destruction of private property. You know, the longer this goes on without there being any consequences, it just will continue to happen. History is what it is. They need to think about the “Serenity Prayer.” You know, “Grant me the serenity to change the things I can …” I can’t even think of the rest of it, but this needs to stop. Thank you.
There’s an expression that says, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and have people assume you’re a fool than to open it and erase all doubt.” For those of us who are receiving Medicare and Social Security — we paid into that; it is not socialism. Those were taxes that we paid and we continue to pay taxes on that Social Security. We are taxed twice on that.
Jeers to the city's parking patrol for never ticketing cars in the lot between Baskin Robbins and the Precious Gem. Every day all day, owners, managers and employees of the surrounding businesses park without ever receiving a ticket. It makes it hard for people trying to shop and dine there.
At Old City BBQ, 700 York St. (Route 60 on the east side of town), service is so slow, but the prime brisket is so good. Just chill out with a companion and a beer and wait. Man, will you salivate. Best barbecue I've ever had, and the grilled bun is awesome.
On a recent Friday, we realized we were going to host an anniversary party at our home. Not having time to bake and decorate a cake, I went in search of a bakery and came up with Cakes by Tawanda, a local shop. We had never tasted or seen a cake from here, but we took a chance. We were treated wonderfully. Normally, they don't do cakes with such short notice, but told us if we came back laterr in Tuesday afternoon we could have it for our party. We picked up the cake; beautifully done. At party time, everyone raved about it — it was a hit! We thank Cakes by Tawanda for making our party a success. We will order from there again.
Just want to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at Colonial Veterinary Clinic. During the last several months, both of my geriatric dogs have been well cared for and, eventually, put to rest by the most compassionate people one can imagine. The concern they’ve had for me has touched my heart and made grief in the loss of my little companions so much easier to bear. They are the absolutely the best.
I want to acknowledge the first-class performance York River Mechanical Contracting Inc. provided. I can easily say the best business that I have ever had in our home. The crew, headed by Jeff Hellner, came out on time, installed electrical components to our swim spa, cleaned up all the extras and stuck to the price that was given. They were very polite. Jeff took the time to explain in detail the functions of the controls on the new system. There is no doubt that we will become regular customers for any future work needed here. 10+ Performance.
A big thank you to Nancy, David and Lewis (library maintenance expert) who helped me when, in a rush to see Judy Garland in the free movie at the Williamsburg Library, I drove my car onto the curb. Nancy identified the problem and David and Lewis jammed the front end of the car temporarily in place. I then was able to drive to Holiday Chevrolet (543 Second St., 253-1960) where Lynne and Mallory helped to provide a more permanent fix. I am always grateful to Holiday for their fast, efficient, professional and courteous service.
To the people who keep saying we should give up meat in order to decrease the huge carbon footprint: So what happens to those animals that produce all the methane gas? Do we just kill them and they become extinct? I don’t understand. A lot of animals are carnivorous; you will not make them vegetarian. Where is the thinking and the common sense in a lot of what is being said these days? You can’t make something other than what it is just because you think it or think it’s a good idea. Stop and think.
Since the stock market is at an all-time high, due to the Trump presidency, there are now many more people who are better off and that includes Democrats. Then there is the lowest unemployment in recent time, meaning many more people with jobs and that includes Democrats. ISIS has been dealt a fatal blow, which means that all Americans and that includes Democrats, are now safer, North Korea has stopped testing missiles that can hit the U.S., which means that all Americans and that includes Democrats, are now safer. These are facts, still the Democrats keep complaining about how bad a job President Trump is doing. When will Democrats base their judgment on the facts?
Thank you all for the Williamsburg Magazine Fall Arts issue delivered with our newspaper today. What a great look, read and schedule. The photos are beautiful, even the ads are captivating. Chef Everett walking his rooster? And all the offerings, stories — aren’t we lucky to live, work, be in this community filled with such talented, creative people. There just aren’t enough hours to enjoy every single event, but heaven knows we all try. Thanks for the list of must-do enjoyable events!
I need to acknowledge two young girls yesterday from Tidewater Orthopedic. As I was walking in, the automatic door that had been pushed was closing faster than I was walking, and I actually walked into the door as it was closing. And these young girls came running to my aid and asked if I was OK. I just want to acknowledge them and I want to acknowledge their parents for good raising of their children. I laughed because I walked into the door and told them that’s what happens as you age — but they did not laugh. Thank you.
Up in Washington
The president should be careful when he criticizes Jefferson Beauregard Sessions' Southern accent as most of his followers below the Mason Dixon Line have the same accents as the attorney general. Insulting Southerners the way he has Sessions is politically suicidal as he needs them to save his skin.
Why is it that only Republicans are being investigated? If I were President Trump, I would instruct his useless attorney general to start to look into all the wrongdoing by Democrats, starting with the Clintons.
If just one more of Trump's cronies flips, they can start a gymnastics team.
The president has been whining over the last few days that all of the Google hits about him are negative. The solution is simple: If he wants to read something good about himself all he has to do is do good things and not filter everything through a filter built on narcissism.