Last Word on the marina, Sept. 25

Marina development

James City County, the same county that needed to raise taxes on its citizens twice in three years, meaning millions in new taxes, suddenly has $6 million to build out the marina. Amazing. This is the same county that had the opportunity five years ago to sell the marina to a private firm to develop, and they declined. The $100,000 a year generated by boat slips warrants a $6 million investment? Crazy. This current Board of Supervisors can’t seem to have money printed fast enough; they just keep taxing and spending. A new year is on the horizon and three are up for re-election. Change the deck chairs, pun intended.

No junk food

What took the schools so long to update their wellness policy? Children can have all the birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies and junk food parents want to serve them at home and in their children's lunches. Take a look around. I feel sorry for the children growing up who are already overweight from a steady diet of junk food. And, yes, birthday cakes are junk food.

Making choices

To the people who complain about lack of pretty plants on highways and well maintained national parks: Sometimes you have to choose between cutting taxes and the extras of life.

Community loss

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has lost a tremendous asset with the passing of Jerry Hedgepeth. Jerry was a fountain of information about the historic area and volunteered countless hours doing tours. He and his wife, Liz, received 20-year pins from the Foundation in May. In addition to all the time they spent in CW, they were donors and had been for many years. As you are walking down Duke of Gloucester Street, have a seat on one of the benches, rest a while, take in the view and think of Jerry. Chances are pretty good that you'll be sitting on one of the many benches that Jerry made.

Save trees, please

Reading of the continuing demolition and construction at the shopping center at Richmond and Monticello, we urge the developers and the city to protect and keep the beautiful, mature trees. In our climate, trees provide shade, cooler air and uplift our senses. Please!

Juxtaposition

It was dispiriting to see and read articles in Saturday’s Gazette side by side: one describing the appealing new beer hall for Merchants Square and the adjacent article telling of a big grant for Bacon Street to treat minors with addiction problems. Oh well.

Looking for …

Looking for an auto body person to do touch up paint scrapes and scratches, and a few minor rust spots. Big body shops are too expensive. Reply to calvert55@cox.net or to Last Word.

Trying to contact John Jordon, former owner of Sideline Body Shop off Mooretown Road.

I would like to find someone to unlock an antique blanket chest. The key is lost. Please reply to the Last Word.

I am looking for a reasonably priced hairdresser who does highlights on medium-length hair. I'm looking for someone who charges less than $100. I am a disabled senior citizen on a fixed budget. Please reply to the Last Word.

I would like to order an exterior Dutch door for my home, but first I need to find a contractor with this type of experience. I was told that a contractor who knows how to mount horse stalls is my best bet. Can anyone help me find the name and phone number of a contractor who installs horse stalls or Dutch doors? Please call 757-876-2537. Thank you.

Road worries

Whenever we drive from Williamsburg to Newport News/Hampton, we’ve noticed that the new Interstate 64 highway roads are very bumpy and uneven. VDOT quality control inspectors are not being strict enough to ensure the contractors are installing the roads according to interstate standards. Right now, the new roads are not good.

School bus drivers

Why do the school districts go without bus drivers when they could use senior students, 11th- and 12th-grade students? When I went to school, I remember when we had at least six or seven student drivers at any one time in our school system. These buses carried students in all grades in the same buses. Other county schools did the same. The student drivers were safe drivers and had very good driving records.

Cautionary tale

I recently had a very frustrating experience with a local business that I feel should be shared: I took a 24-day trip out of town and, to avoid the parking expense for such a lengthy trip, I opted to take a local taxi service to the airport. I called and gave the necessary information and was told, “We got it.” At the appointed hour, 4 a.m., my wife and I were standing in the driveway ready to go. No taxi. After three calls to the service, it was clear no one was coming. At that point, my wife and I jumped in our car and raced to the airport, barely making our boarding time. When I returned, I called to see if there was any way I could be compensated for the additional parking expense and the aggravation of a broken verbal contract. Of course, the answer was no. I made my flight, barely, and I’m glad I wasn’t in a position where I was solely dependent upon the service or was someone who didn’t have options. I will never use that service again.

Making a change

I keep reading about everybody’s dissatisfaction with the current administration. If you’re that unhappy with him, there’s a very similar solution to it. It’s called, “Get out and vote.” Instead of calling in to the paper about how unhappy you are, get out and vote in November and change things.

Citizens of America, unite. Early voting is currently available. Please exercise your franchise.

N.C. flooding

Having lived in North Carolina from 1994 to 1996, we remember very well the constant newspaper articles alerting residents and government to the ongoing crises of huge pits of malevolent hog waste. Area residents urged, begged for relief from odors and the threat of area contamination. Newspapers decried in apparent inability (unwillingness) of local and state government to find a solution to the enormous areas of liquid waste. And now to read that the “impoundments” overflowed as expected with the disgusting and ongoing pollution of land and water. When will we the people work with hog and chicken businesses to create a process for using the waste or securing it where it will never contaminate anything?

Supreme Court

I have a question. How many Americans could pass the Democratic Supreme Court justice test? I would say, only about 2 or 3 percent. I don’t think the way that they look at it — you got to be perfect. I guess maybe he will pass it, but I don’t know anyone else. Not any of my friends. Thank you.

A recent Last Word comment on the Supreme Court confirmation on Kavanaugh, said, “The Democrats will stoop as low as necessary to preserve power” — I guess that the Democrats blocking is a point to him, but Mitch McConnell’s even refusing to meet with Obama’s candidate was appropriate.

The pattern is clear: When a Republican president nominates for the Supreme Court a candidate who respects the original intent of the U.S. Constitution, the Democrats drag out their character assassination playbook and attempt to destroy the candidate. They succeeded with Robert Bork, but failed with Clarence Thomas. Now they are in a full-court press to destroy Brent Kavanaugh.

To the commenter whining about Democrats saying no before knowing Kavanaugh’s name: I ask you if you have heard of M. Garland? This judge was never given a chance for a confirmation hearing because of the invertebrates in the Republican Party. Turn off Fox News and you will learn the truth, not just alternative facts. But I bless your pea picking little heart and support your right to be obtuse.

So, we are supposed to believe that although many women came out and accused President Clinton, those should be discounted because they were accusing him for political reasons. But, now that one has accused Judge Kavanaugh, she is to be believed because she is not accusing him for political reasons, regardless of the large number of women who have stood up for him and stated he is a man of integrity? Am I the only one who finds this ludicrous? And ironic, and reeking of a double standard?

Christine Ford could have gone to the police in Maryland, as they don’t have a statute of limitations for this type of crime. Why didn’t she do that? Instead she wants to make a mockery of justice. She asked for the FBI to look into it. The FBI has already done three checks on Kavanaugh. Then she wants him to testify first. That’s crazy. No judge, no attorney in the country would have you do that. The person who’s accusing makes their accusation, and you have the right to answer that accusation. That’s been the law forever. It’s bizarre. There also are rules about who’s got jurisdiction

Retired in Williamsburg

I feel compelled, once again, to state my objection to the tone and substance of a recent “Retired in Williamsburg” item. Siegel's meaning appears to be that one cannot support the Constitution while also “rejecting” the 2016 election results. As a person who was very distraught by the election of Mr. Trump (and feel that his performance has been very disrespectful to the Office of the President), I don't reject the Electoral College results: facts are facts. I also strongly believe in our Constitution, including provisions for advancing amendments needed to reflect changing conditions. To me, the 2016 results demonstrate that we should begin the process of making a Constitutional amendment which would abolish the Electoral College process, and base national elections on the will of all the people — that is, a majority vote. The fact is that Mr. Trump received about 3 million less votes than Ms. Clinton; the will of the majority of “the people” was not the outcome. Mr. Siegel's views are too simplistic and don't reflect the true nature of this serious issue.

Please, please, please, remove the “Retired in Williamsburg” feature. To give this space to such a consistently right-wing commenter, in the guise of humor (apparently; but I would not call it that), is unconscionable.

Varied transparency

There was an article in the Gazette saying that Rob Wittman needs to be transparent. We have been asking Rob Wittman questions for several years now on many subjects. I was just looking through my 35 letters that I have from him. He always gives the bill, his position on the bill — it’s either before him or he voted on. He gives a complete and distinct explanation. He is as transparent as you can possibly get. I’ll tell you who are not transparent: our senators. Neither Mark Warner nor Tim Kaine will be transparent. Ask them a question on a vote that’s coming before them and you get, “We can’t comment. We don’t know his position.” There’s no follow up. Have we ever received a letter or a note or anything in conjunction with a vote? No. I said, “Why don’t you send out positions?” “We have too many people in Virginia. We’re not going to do that.” Wittman, on the other hand, will send a note out and tell you exactly what his position is on a vote, why he voted, what number the bill is, and where he stands and what his reason was. So the person is confused. Maybe they were talking about Warner or Kaine, because that hasn’t been our experience.

Recommended

I had a very tall dead tree in my backyard, It was close to the property line. If it fell, it could strike either my neighbor’s house or mine. We agreed to split the cost of removal. We called Jack Boggess at Williamsburg Tree Service, 757 206-4936. He did a skillful job of felling, cutting up and removing the remains, all for a competitive price. Highly recommended.

Football injuries

I do not like football anymore. I have come to the conclusion that it promotes a concussion for at least one-third of the players. We have let the game become “I will hurt you before you can hurt me.” I believe it must change to be worthy of my attention.

Catholic church

Just an FYI: For 24 years (1981-2005), Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the “Prefect” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Vatican Office that oversees sex abuse by priests) turned a blind eye to what was happening worldwide. In February 2013, he finally retired, but still lives in and is protected by the Vatican for his crimes covering up sex abuse.

Up in Washington

Since Mr. Trump and his choir boy Republicans seem to believe that all criticisms and action in this country are the fault of a right-wing conspiracy, the Democrats or President Obama, here are a couple of items they have forgotten: Richard Nixon, the Iraq War and the current rise in consumer prices and corporate profits. Aren't any of them aware of how ridiculous they sound?

For the commenter who enjoyed the CNN cartoon on the $56,000 curtains: Our favorite episode was on the Fox "News" Cartoon Show, explaining why Trump's bagman, Mikey Cohen, paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Drawers to be quiet for an affair that never happened. Our all-time favorite though, was the Fox episode on the famous Trump bus ride with him explaining how to properly respect women and how it was "fake news." That was a real gut buster.

When our current president entered the White House less than two years ago, he claimed that Washington government was a swamp, and he was going to drain it. Well, since then the government has turned into, first, a quagmire and now a cesspool, and it’s up to the American voter to see to it that the next Congress has the backbone to pump that cesspool down and scrub it clean.

Michelle Obama says we need to vote for someone that we can trust. That doesn’t leave anyone in Washington that we can vote for. Mickey Mouse? Minnie Mouse? Pluto? Oh, yes, Wile E. Coyote would be a good one. Thank you.

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