Last Word on downtown parking, Oct. 24

Enough space

A Last Word writer expressed concern about the capacity of the gym at Warhill High School, citing the large number of people turned away from an upcoming homecoming dance. I don't have an opinion on the adequacy of the gym space, but I hope no decision is made on expansion based on this lone experience. No facility is built to handle one event. The gym should accommodate repetitive uses: gym classes, after-school recreation and interscholastic events. If it can do that, then no expansion is needed and the occasional large, outside event can find a home elsewhere. If it cannot accommodate these everyday uses, then this taxpayer would like to know why such a new school was so poorly designed.

Downtown parking

Took some out-of-town guests to Duke of Gloucester Street today. For some reason, there seemed to be plenty of parking. I wondered why and then I remembered: Binns moved to WindsorMeade Marketplace up on Monticello Avenue. Yep, that’s why.

In regard to the parking and shopping comments in Merchants Square: The readers and comments were right in saying it is a horrible idea to turn the much-needed parking near downtown into a green space. All it will do is give college students another place to hang out. I’ve been in Williamsburg all my life and have seen all the changes that have gone on here, but it’s better for some things to stay the same, especially in the downtown area, where parking is so limited. And parking garages — they’re not as convenient. The area behind Merchants Square’s shops needs to stay just as it is, a convenient parking lot.

Looking for …

Has anyone used a pro to print large family trees? I am researching my ancestry. Call 757-869-3883.

To the person looking for an appliance repair person in Williamsburg: I highly recommend Virginia Appliance Repair specialist Mike Davidson. His number is 804-461-0759. He’s very dependable, professional and reasonably priced. I’ve personally used him and also I’ve referred him to my clients in my real estate business. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. He does a very good job. Thank you.

I lost my gold Omega watch on Oct. 16 in Williamsburg. Reward offered. Please call 757-220-3012.

To the person looking to donate large baby items: You can contact Hope Pregnancy Center at 757-229-6472. Thank you.

To the person looking for seasoned firewood, I have it but I can’t deliver it, although I know someone who can. Call and see what we can arrange. My number is 323-59 9-2180. Thank you.

Does anyone in the Williamsburg area know how to repair a non-working Black and Decker toaster oven? Thank you.

Is anyone collecting card fronts? Someone used to do so and make new cards. Recycling at its best.

I’m looking for someone in the Williamsburg area who can help answer some questions about Marklin HO-scale model trains. Please contact Ralph at 757-871-0200. Thank you.

Clean-up worries

I appreciate VDOT and Dominion Energy for clearing downed trees and power lines from our roads. Why do they cut the trees so the ends literally sit on the side of the road, and on several occasions right on the white line that defines the road? Any vehicle that isn’t in the center of the lane is liable to hit those limbs or trunks. A few years ago, one tree sat beside Route 5 near the Governor’s Land entrance for about three weeks until a car hit it and caused a terrible accident. I’ve seen half a dozen cases just like that since Hurricane Michael cleanup. Please ensure they are at least a foot more from the road’s side.

Too noisy

To those complaining about generator noise: Make friends with your noisy neighbor. Maybe they will let you run a cord to your house so you can save the food in your refrigerator and your freezer.

This is in reference to “too noisy,” the people complaining about generator noise: Maybe you should relocate to Florida. Have you ever thought that someone could have a special needs issue at home, such as oxygen? Plus, someone who lost their power to their refrigerator or freezer and doesn’t want to lose their food. Be grateful it’s a few days. It could have been a few months. There are more serious things to worry about in life than this. Get your own generator and protect your home and it will drown out your neighbor’s noise. Thank you.

I think most people complaining about generator noise are probably just jealous because they don’t have one. They can be life savers.

I can’t believe that there were so many comments concerning generator noise. I’m embarrassed by people who can complain about things families are trying to get through. If the noise bothers you, use ear plugs or headphones. I will do anything in my power to protect my family in a disaster, no matter what it takes. We all try to pull together in a disaster — communities. I’ve done that in the past with neighbors who didn’t have hot water and I had propane coming into my house — you know, come over and take a shower. It was there for them. So, to those complaining about generators, I don’t know what to tell you other than stop.

I have a whole-house generator and I have to admit that after that large storm and power outage that we had back in 2011 it drove me crazy as well. And each time I wanted to complain about the noise, I just lifted my eyes to the heavens and said, “Thank you, Lord, that I’m able to have one.” Yes, we have medical issues in our household as well and that’s why we purchased one, and part of it was able to be used for medical deductions. I think the person complaining — if they had a generator, they wouldn’t complain. I think the complaint has more to do with the fact that they didn’t have one. Anyway, there are many reasons that people have generators. Whether they are medical or not, they have them and they have the right to use them. And, after a while, the noise gets on their nerves, too, but thank God that we have the ability to have them.

To those of you complaining about noisy generators during Tropical Storm Michael: Solution is to buy a house in the woods rather than 20 feet away. Have you considered that not having power could be a risk to your neighborhood elders that depend on needed power for meals and light to navigate around their homes? How selfish of any of you complaining about a few hours of lost sleep. Buy some earplugs.

Free to you

I have 20 to 30 original wood French wine case ends. Perfect for decoration. Most with burned-in wine and year identification. Call 757-564-1616 to pick up.

Lost colony

Thanks to the commenter on the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. I, too, have wondered why historians do not give the hurricane theory more consideration. The colonists' first experience of a hurricane would probably have frightened them greatly. In this context, their decision to flee to Croatan (now Hatteras) would prove to be a very bad idea. Their small boats would have been swamped and capsized by the powerful wind and waves of a hurricane coming ashore. Curiously too, the colonists never seemed to have wondered why there were no Native American settlements on the Outer Banks. Given that Roanoke Island today is covered in woodland, it would seem in retrospect that the colonists should have stayed put and ridden out the storms. The land was fertile enough for growing crops, so it is hard to see why they should have left.

Note to W&M

I agree with the comments expressed in “Note to William and Mary,” regarding the future of the college, as a response to the recent article on the president’s goal to diversify. Admission should be first of all based on merit, but, in addition, if the goal is to diversify the college, I strongly suggest they also diversify politically, with respect to the faculty and programs offered. Our country is divided politically, so it appears both views should be made available.

‘Retired in Williamsburg’

I have always assumed that the cartoon "Retired in Williamsburg" is a broad satire of the opinions of some members of our community, and a perfect example of form following function. The simplicity of the line drawings underscores the lack of nuance or depth in the characters' thoughts and opinions. The fact that when given a "straight" read, the cartoon is most often a straightforward statement of opinion, rather than a biting or insightful invitation to see an issue from a different perspective. It is obvious the writer is satirizing the rather limited world view of a particular subset of retired people in Williamsburg. Saturday's cartoon, for example, provided a chuckle at those who have come here late in life and have little or no connection to, or knowledge of, the political history of William and Mary. Anyone who did have such knowledge would know that there are, and have always been, very strong conservative organizations on the campus, including a very active College Republicans Club.

Armed teacher

As a teacher with a concealed handgun permit, I should have the right to defend myself and also my students. No one is saying that every teacher has to be armed; that decision should be up to the teacher. Of course, anyone who makes the decision to carry a gun must be fully trained. As far as the National Guard in our schools with their automatic weapons, that would only scare our students; concealed is the way to go.

The economy

As of this writing, the Dow is only up 3 percent year to date. The worst performance since the last year Bush was in office. Tariffs, tariffs, tariffs.

Wanner Stadium

The football stadium at the Warhill Sports Complex is in dire need of becoming an enclosed stadium. Imagine how many more events could take place if people didn't have to fight with the weather. It would also cut down on the noise level. Funding for this could be had from many different areas. If the county can’t find the funding, how about some fund raising events? We have some very talented and experienced contractors in this area who could do a beautiful job. Let’s think about this.

Moving forward

Front page of Oct. 6 Virginia Gazette: “Students explore in-demand careers. Manufacturing Day introduces local career opportunities ..” Manufacturing, all across the United States and in Virginia, is booming. We were told that we wouldn’t see any manufacturing jobs by the previous administration and we shouldn’t be looking for them; that day has past in America. And yet it’s booming everywhere. There’s just a need for workers. It’s just great. It’s wonderful. That’s what America was about — building things, making things, building bridges, building roads. America is building; America is moving forward. It’s a good day.

Bring one here

Why is Williamsburg not able to get a Virginia Employment Office back? Hampton and Richmond are often too far to travel for many of us.

Grocery store

Will somebody please be generous enough to reopen the Farm Fresh on Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg? I am not sure what the original reason was for closing it. The Food Lion is a beautiful store and all that, but they do not have the same deli or bakery or chicken that Farm Fresh had. Is there anybody who is willing to reopen the one on Merrimac Trail? It is really missed by all its neighbors. It was a great store and it was doing a good business. Please reconsider opening that store. Thank you.

As we welcome and celebrate the arrival of our new grocer, please don’t forget about our neighborhood Food Lion stores. While other grocery stores were abandoning us left and right, they remodeled and worked to give their best to the community. Check the weekly flyers of each for best savings.

Tax bills

Just got my personal property tax bill and, as always, I am surprised to see that it was almost the same amount I pay for my property tax. Time for a change in our local government direction or maybe better, the government itself. Seems all they can do is raise taxes and fees and keep on spending, regardless of what its citizens want.

Noticed that the School Board has a year-end spending program. So typical of government. When you have a surplus, you must find some way to spend it. How about just lowering the related taxes?

Recommended

Many thanks to Jeremiah, who added air to my tires on this cold Monday morning. He said, as I tipped him $2, “Got to take care of your baby,” meaning my little blue Honda. Jeremiah is one of the many professional and helpful mechanics at Jamestown Road Service Center, 1301 Jamestown Road, 757-229-6356.

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