Last Word on Sidecar Santa, Sept. 29

‘Tis almost the season

With summer coming to an end, Sidecar Santa is starting to get ready to ride this Christmas season. If you have any Beanie Baby-sized stuffed animals you would like to donate, there are two ways to contact me: You can email me at sidecarsanta@hotmail.com to arrange a meet up, or you can drop them off Tuesday through Saturday at Artfully Yours Art Studio at 1303 Jamestown Road, Suite 117. I am looking forward to my seventh season of giving with your help.

Looking for …

I am considering building a home with insulated concrete forms or blocks. Wondering if anyone in the area is willing to share ideas, likes/dislikes, recommendations for builders, what you would do differently, etc., to steeringwinds@gmail.com.

At about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, we were traveling toward Jamestown Road on Route 199. At the intersection of Route 199 and Brookwood Drive, we found a box lying in the road (199). We stopped and picked it up. It appeared to have fallen from a vehicle. The box had broken open and the contents scattered. There was a name on the box, "For Martie Myers." Sadly, some of the pieces had been hit by a car, but some were still intact. If this belongs to you, please email Catlady5501@yahoo.com and describe what was in the box. We will be happy to return it to you.

Weather forecasts

To the person who commented about the Weather Channel’s Local forecast: These spoken forecasts are generated by a computer, fed by automated weather stations. Apparently, the one at that particular reporting station was not working correctly.

Free to you

Like-new, full-size mattress and box springs. You pick up. Call 757-369-3229 and leave a message.

Upright piano. You must pick up. 757-345-8915.

The ‘S’ in U.S.A.

The person who advocated abolishing the electoral college method of voting in federal elections appears to have forgotten that the “S” in USA is the first letter of the plural word, “states.” This nation is a federation of 50 individual states. The electoral college process prevents the voters of large states from deciding all federal elections.

Road worries

Whoever is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Route 60 railroad crossings between the Budweiser Brewery and Busch Gardens needs to step up to the plate. The eastbound crossing is a definite axle buster, and the westbound crossing is not far behind.

Who’s retiring?

We’re looking forward to the headline next Saturday, “Mitchell Reiss retires from CW.” We can keep the dogs.

Deadbeat loans

The current student loan program is just under $2 trillion, with more than 22 million people participating. More than 43 percent of those 22 million are delinquent or in default on their loans. The student loan program has been and remains a disaster — we simply have too many deadbeats in the program hunting for a free ride at taxpayer expense. Way past time for Congress to end this disaster before we lose trillions more.

Critical review

I have always enjoyed Mr. Shulson's music reviews and was once told by a longtime Williamsburg resident that he is very fair and generally kind to the performances he evaluates. So it was with surprise that I read his critical piece on the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg's opening concert by Attacca. While emotive performers might not be to Mr. Shulson's taste, for some an emotional response by a musician can provide entry into an otherwise complex piece of music. Having seen Yo-Yo Ma emote while playing his cello, while perhaps not to the extent of Mr. Yee, I appreciate how appealing it might be, particularly to a younger, more visually oriented audience. Plus, one can always just close the eyes and enjoy the music for its own sake.

Health care blame

A recent Last Word comment put the blame on Obama for letting our renowned health care system fail. Are you for real? Are you still claiming that everything’s fake media? Are you sure you’re not Donald Trump? What the heck is wrong? Obama — he fought. It was a successful health care system and, due to President Trump and all his other buddies up in Washington, he’s let it down. He let down Americans. People lost their insurance. Those with private pay have increased, not by 10 percent or 20 percent but by 100 percent to 200 percent more a month. Seriously?

Staying in touch

I am not sure why others seem to experience difficulty in communicating with Congressman Wittman; I receive periodic updates from the congressman through my email. If I have a concern, I post it on his website or on Facebook and, without exception, have received a detailed response within 48 hours. I have never had any interest in calling his office, as commenting through his website is fast enough and allows me to provide a detailed assessment or question for his response.

Tippy trees

I am not a lawyer, but I believe if the trees in question are not healthy and you inform your neighbor in writing, your neighbor will be liable should they come down in a storm. A better solution would perhaps be to offer to pay half, or even all, of the cost to have the concerning trees removed.

Safer cars

Thank you to Barry Hood, who clearly pointed out an easy fix to a really dangerous issue (Letter to the Editor, Sept. 19). We are required to have our cars inspected yearly, but Mr. Hood learned that any and all of the many recalls, many for lethal problems with many makes of cars, are not part of the usual inspection. How disingenuous. How criminal for our state government to require an inspection which any car owner would expect to compare to the lists of ongoing recalls. The inspectors have the knowledge and equipment to learn of recalls. And it should be part of their inspection to alert owners as to any recalls to their particular vehicle! Delegates and senators, please support Mr. Hood’s common-sense safety initiative.

Retired in Williamsburg

It’s refreshing to have “Retired in Williamsburg.” Liberals have their CNN, MSNBC and all the major networks, conservative have only Fox News.

A bit amazing how those advocating for the removal of “Retired in Williamsburg,” without considering the tone and substance as well as constant and continuing negative editorial cartoons directed toward our president. So much for fair and balanced in our media.

Sunday morning radio

What has become of the longtime Sunday morning show on WMBG radio called “The Wise Gospel Singers,” sponsored by Whiting's Funeral Home? I thought maybe they were just taking a week off, but now I realize it must be over. A woman with a lovely voice, Sister Lucille Wallace, and another lady spoke between musical selections. It had a wonderful local flavor as they announced goings on in Williamsburg and named those who had died during the week. She always said the broadcast was to make your day brighter and your load lighter, and "I will lift up mine eyes to the hills." The program gave me a lift and I miss it. Will it be back?

Parents Democratic

To the person wondering how the parents of Democrats raised them: My parents raised me to be hard working, kind and empathetic. I respect those who have opinions that differ from mine, like you, for instance. After all, differences in thoughts and opinions are a great base for interesting and perhaps educational discussion. That being said, it is difficult to respect a man as repugnant as our president. Call me crazy, but as a woman, I’m still having trouble with the whole “grab ‘em by the you-know-what” comment. I just hope that you're not "leading by example" with the same questionable moral compass as Mr. Trump.

In recent Last Word, there was a comment made by a reader who wonders if Democratic parents ever teach their children about being a gracious loser instead of whining about losing. Since you’re a parent and you’re trying to teach your children by leading as an example, good luck with that. Nobody is afraid about how bad a president he is. It’s an obvious fact. It’s appalling. He has embarrassed us.

Ironic that a Trumper wants to admonish Democrats to teach their children to be good losers while saying nothing ofs being a gracious winner, then proceeded to tell them that lying is not a common trait of good people. He added that all people need to be treated with respect, next that women are people also deserving of the same respect as men, and finally that in life you will pass by people on the way up but can pass those same people on the way down, so treat others as you want to be treated. Turn off Fox News and you find Trump Jr. is not to be confused with a respectful person, rather a rotten apple having fallen from a tree that is an embarrassment to all Americans. Get to work — you have some explaining to do.

Immigration

Mr. Trump has been so out of touch with the American people that he imposes restrictions to keep immigrants from becoming a burden. He believes that no white American would cheat, play the system and become a burden. Mr. President, this is not the Twilight Zone where all white people play by the rules. What about the burdens you placed on business associates when you used the system to declare bankruptcies?

Mass shootings

Three mass shootings in the U.S. in recent weeks and nothing but silence from the president or Mitch McConnell. Not surprising, as both benefit from the NRA's money and support.

Tax cuts

Democrats continue to complain about the recent tax cuts. Well, when they get their refund checks will they rip them up or spend it? My bet is on the latter. Oh, and they can also send the checks back to the government to help pay for entitlement programs.

Enough blotter

I strongly agree with Bill Bryant’s recent letter about discontinuing the publishing of names in the police blotter. The practice is petty, fraught with inaccuracy and mean spirited. Can’t we as a community rise above that sort of gossip mongering?

GDP growth

A recent comment pointed out that GDP growth has blossomed under President Trump after years of sluggishness under President Obama. What was missing is an explanation. An irresponsible tax cut when unemployment was extremely low and the economy was reasonably strong is criticized by a vast majority of economists. We are subsidizing GDP growth with trillion-dollar annual budget deficits that will have to be paid for by us, our children and our grandchildren after this president is gone.

Familiar plotline

In the book written by Bill Clinton, “The President Is Missing,” the president is clearly a Democrat, no surprise there. However, the twist is that the Republicans want to impeach him and the media is against him. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

Supreme Court

No matter where you stand on the Kavanaugh issue, parents and teachers should explain to young men that what they do as teenagers could come back to haunt them in later life, and perhaps totally destroy them.

Yes, America, let’s stand behind Judge Kavanaugh. A confused and biased woman is trying to ruin his life, his daughters’ lives, his wife’s life and his mother’s and dad’s lives and America’s life. Come on, America. Stand behind this good man.

The 1,000 men who claim they were abused by 300 priests shouldn't be believed because they didn't report it for 39 years. Some didn’t report it till some of those priests were elevated to bishops and a couple Cardinals. Sounds familiar.

President Clinton’s endeavors or actions were deemed OK for him to do in office while he was president, and yet Judge Kavanaugh’s allegations of doing so as a teenager are so much more important. I understand the Supreme Court Justice is high, but I thought the president was higher. Can anyone explain this?

What is happening with the Supreme Court justice confirmation hearing is very sad for the country. As a Democrat, my biggest concern is the precedents that may be set: guilty until proven innocent, lack of consequences in untruths of the accused, lack of consequences in the untruths of the accuser, lack of consequences in the untruths of the press and lack of confidence in the process of the confirmation. If this were to continue indefinitely, we would no longer have a Supreme Court. Both parties need to agree. If in a vote Judge Kavanaugh is not confirmed, we must and demand a full investigation with very serious consequences for any one of them who was lying.

What’s happening to Judge Kavanaugh is a tragedy. I hope that all justice-minded individuals in this community will contact their senators and their congressmen and let them know they want justice for Judge Kavanaugh. It is absolutely horrible what is being done to this man. Thank you.

Could we please have some comments from some proud Democrats on the way that their Democratic senators have treated Judge Kavanaugh and his family, especially the young girls? They’ve got to be really proud of how these senators have acted. So, you know, let’s have two or three of them write in and tell me about the fine job that their representatives are doing for them. I’d love to hear them. Thank you.

As a military dependent, I spent several formative years (8-12) during the 1960s growing up in Hawaii. In 2006, I took my spouse, and in 2010, I took my adult children and their spouses, to Hawaii to show them the beautiful place where I grew up. I was recently planning another family vacation to Hawaii to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. However, given the absurd folly taking place in Washington, I vow we will not travel there again until Hawaii’s despicable Sen. Mazie Hirono is no longer in Congress or Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed. I can only dream other fair-minded 50th-state lovers will pledge to do the same.

Term limits

The Constitution of the United States calls for periodic elections for members of Congress. That’s a polite way of saying “term limits.” Since the 1st District of Virginia has an ineffective congressman who has absolutely no backbone, it’s time to replace him with someone who is better. Let’s exercise our right to term limits on the first Tuesday in November and vote him out of office.

Let’s face it, every person that claims that he’s an “independent” in fact turns out to be a Democrat. Hopefully, Rep. Wittman gets to read this, as he certainly has my vote as a real Republican.

Gun violence

Instead of blaming gun violence on legal gun owners, how about we blame the liberal judges who let repeat violent offenders go free? As a retired police officer, I can attest that our judicial system is a wreck due to the appointment of liberal judges.

A previous commenter proposed some kind of special tax on gun owners to create a pool for those considered victims of gun violence. Gun violence has been on a significant decline since the 60s, with a recent upsurge since 2016 because of gang violence in Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore specifically. Almost 60 percent of all deaths related to firearms were suicides. Homicides accounted for approximately 15,500 in 2017. If the writer is truly interested in saving taxpayers money, then let’s place punitive taxes on the obese, smokers, drinkers and those that abuse drugs, since they account for 12 of the top 15 causes of death in the United States. Gun homicides rank 21st on the list.

Political TV

Democrats wonder why conservative Republicans watch Fox News and no other major network shows. Well, just look what CBS is doing by bringing back “Murphy Brown.” This show is so liberal left, which means President Trump and Republican bashing and promotes only liberal views. I would encourage all Republicans not to view this show, as it will negatively affect their ratings.

Recommended

For folks who enjoy Thai food: The Aticha Thai Restaurant, formerly in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, is now in High Street a few doors from Pendleton. They are open for business and just as tasty as they ever were.

Did you know that lightning rarely damages appliances by a direct strike to the appliance? Damage is usually caused by direct strikes to power lines and the resulting power surges — a surge protector can help prevent damage. To help safeguard your electronics, purchase a surge suppressor with a Joule rating of more than 1,000. The Joule rating typically ranges from 200 to several thousand — the higher the number, the better the protection. Unplug important or expensive electronic equipment if lightning is predicted for your area.

Karen Washington is an extreme lifesaver. I have used Karen at least once a month for a whole house cleaning since I moved to Williamsburg three years ago. I put total trust in Karen by leaving for work and returning to a clean and refreshing house. Working as a local travel nurse, I find it hard to squeeze the needed duties into my schedule. Karen relieves me of my house cleaning duties and does an outstanding job. Karen is very reasonable and pays close attention to detail.

Kevin’s the man. Got a challenging job for a professional electrician? What about installing a 220-volt line to the garage to charge your new electric car? Call K&K Electric 757-903-2565 and ask for Kevin. He sized the job, provided a cost estimate, arrived on time, accomplished a non-trivial task in short order and cleaned up. It was professionally and skillfully done for the agreed price.

Up in Washington

Trump says he’s not happy the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. They aren’t happy that Trump more than doubled the annual budget deficit and just put a $3 billion tax on home builders in the way of tariffs on sheetrock, light fixtures, granite and lumber.

Could the person who wrote that Trump lies and lies on a daily basis give some examples? I can give you examples of lying from Obama: economy, Iran, Syria, Benghazi (along with Clinton), health care (along with Pelosi) “You can keep your plan and your doctor.” Trump has made promises and he has kept those promises.

Trump said he has done more in two years than any other president. Yes he is the first president to be laughed at by all the world leaders at the UN.

We the taxpayers are having $12 billion of our hard-earned dollars hijacked by President Trump to pay off farmers who have been hurt by the Trump tariffs and trade war. There are far better ways to use this money than to cover up the president’s ill-advised, impetuous actions.

Just as it’s done in corporate America, when a new CEO is hired he gets to pick those who will be loyal to him to work closely with him. President Trump has every right to fire those who have shown their disloyalty to him. If I were President Trump, I would totally clean house.

To the contributor wondering why more than a third of our country supports our president “who lies” and states that other nations view us as fools: In fact, other nations view us no longer as fools after eight years of self destruction by a president determined to ruin our democracy. I expect that in November we will discover that the support for our president is much larger than is now advertised by the liberal press. This will be reinforced by the Democratic senators’ despicable delay tactics using an unsupportable, fictitious accusation going on right now on the Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice. The usually silent conservative voters will not be silent for this mid-term election and will save our democracy from destruction once again. If one gives it just a little rational thought, this is the most dangerous attack on our Constitution in the history of our great country.

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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