Hoping to see
We look forward to seeing the movie “A Private War,” about a brave reporter who was on Middle East battle scenes to send out facts. Please, local theaters, give us such movies.
I just returned home from Williamsburg and I parked in that P3 parking lot going to the Farmer's Market. I feel that will destroy the ambience of Colonial Williamsburg. Parking is tight as it is without getting rid of the parking lot.
I always find it interesting how rules and concerns change at a whim with our Williamsburg councilmen and Colonial Williamsburg. How many times have we read about a citizen who would like to paint his house or change the type of windows in his house and the city will not allow him because his house is within 5 miles of Colonial Williamsburg and it does not fit in with the colonial atmosphere? But, a big screen TV does? Do whatever with the downtown plaza, but please don’t put up a big screen TV. It just doesn’t belong in that area and it will only cause complaints and unhappy people.
I want to add my two cents on the parking situation in Merchants Square. I recently heard the city intends to convert the P6 Parking Lot on Francis and North Henry streets to condos. This eliminates parking in that area. Parking behind Henry Street shops is now limited due to the successful leasing of two large spaces to popular restaurants. Now the supercharged real estate and marketing departments at CW want to remove parking for a dubious plan to convert it to a park and advertising venue. Where are all the people going to park to keep these businesses open? I suggest the city and CW start a dialogue on parking. I am all ears.
Have CW and the city considered that converting the parking lot at Merchants Square into a plaza with a television screen is simply going to give a place for bored teenagers to hang out? And being bored, they’re probably going to cause trouble.
Interesting to read that city goals are nearing a vote by City Council, but it’s very concerning that major changes and proposals for the Merchants Square area hadn’t surfaced when the citizen survey happened in August. A proposal by Jeff Duncan of CW staff to eliminate parking in P3, the very busy and so-important area in the middle of popular shops and restaurants, didn’t reach The Virginia Gazette until recent weeks. Yet, while the block-long section of DoG Street is car-less and bench poor, Duncan makes no mention of adding tables and benches there for mingling. Who is he and how does he suddenly become the marketing expert for the city? And apparently, the one who decides what will be done to the areas only “downtown”? No wonder Last Word is so full of agitated blurbs. It’s puzzling, but worse. Ridiculous.
Instead of converting the parking lot in Goodwin Square into a park, why not leave it alone and develop the end of Dog Street near Wren Chapel into a nice park-like area? It's already closed to traffic and rarely used for anything.
Free to you
Ducane grill and sofa. Text or call 757-509-2878. Thank you.
Free California King waterbed. Frame, base, pedestal mount, top-of-the-line waveless mattress, liner, all filling and emptying equipment. You pick up. Doctor’s orders and age dictated a change. Small donation to a local charity would not hurt. Call 566-3966 and leave a message. First come, first take.
Whether or not persons born to illegal immigrants are U.S. citizens is an interesting point, one that until recently, I had no reason to doubt. However, some research into the history of the 14th Amendment and several Supreme Court cases involving it([especially The Slaughter-House Cases, 83 U.S. (16 Wall.) 36 (1873)) now have me wondering. However, I still have no doubt the president has no authority to go about issuing executive orders on the matter since the 14th Amendment specifically states: "The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article." I have also seen the flip side of this matter, which makes me even more curious. Both my brother and sister were born overseas to citizens of the United States, one of them a serving officer in the United States Army, and both ended up having to obtain naturalization papers. Both their births were registered with the appropriate authorities (the Army of Occupation in Japan and the U.S. Embassy in Peru). Can anybody explain that to me?
The reader who mentioned international students paying cash for their education did not tell the whole story. Not only do they pay cash, but they pay “full list” and there is a not-so-inconsequential difference. In no way do they burden the citizens of the Commonwealth. Finally, many of those who complain conveniently forget to mention they received their own college education free of charge, courtesy of the United States government and the taxpayers.
How naïve of the commenter that said the number of people in the caravan isn’t that much. If we don’t stop this one, there will be many more to follow. Why have immigration or for that matter any laws at all if we’re not going to enforce them?
Looking for …
I’m looking for empty wine or liquor bottles. If you have them, please give me a call. I will be glad to pick them up. 309-824-9841. Thank you.
Where can I get help for developing Linkedin and posting resumes to receive job offers?
Can someone recommend an individual or business that can repair an aggregate sidewalk, which has a section raised because of tree roots growing underneath it? Respond to Last Word.
Does anybody know where Tiana and Holly from Supercuts on Mooretown Road went? Thank you.
We just went to our third Dewey Decibel concert at the Library. Wow! Three awesome violin players from Sweden, Norway and Scotland. The music was varied and fascinating, and the whole audience was spellbound until our spontaneous standing ovation. The Dewey Decibel schedule is available at the library as a brochure. Tickets are $5.
Retired in Williamsburg
Until late night TV stops making so-called jokes about our president and his family, citing the First Amendment, Mr. Siegel should be allowed to express his opinion.
I agree with the letter writer who objected to Mr. Siegel calling Nancy Pelosi a witch. As far as I am concerned, he has crossed the line into hate speech. This misogyny has no place in The Virginia Gazette. Why would our local paper wish to push this agenda?
When is York County going to do something about the water that accumulates on Commons Way between Cracker Barrel and Golden Corral?
Recently, a friend of mine said, “I’d rather die than carry a gun.” Well, that’s his choice. Me, I’d rather defend myself and go on living; that’s my choice. Once again, I state if you have to wait until the police arrive, the loss of life will be greater than if someone took out the shooter. Unfortunately we live in a violent time, but burying your head in the sand won’t save lives.
Does anybody know what it costs the Parks and Recreation Department — that is, the taxpayers — to keep the lights on at the ballfield at Quarterpath Park? Unless they put them on a timer, as far as I know, the games are supposed to end at 10 p.m. Thank you.
We don’t need an Ollie’s. We have a new Big Lots in the area. Also, the new Publix at Monticello Marketplace is a nice store, it’s well laid out.
Man should not mess with the time that God has dictated. Daylight Savings Time should be applied in the winter when people need to have sunlight when they get off from work in the evening.
Excellent write up from Barbara Knowles referring to our culture (Nov. 3, 2018). I couldn’t have explained it better. Sad and so very true. I wonder how things will turn out in 20 years. Not for me to worry, I’ll be long gone. So happy I was a 60s gal.
As a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan and one who saw Steve Carlton pitch quite a few times at "The Vet," I'd like to thank the previous writer on his Steve Carlton tribute. One personal memory I have was on opening day in 1974. It was the Phillies against the Mets. Tom Seaver against Steve Carlton. Seaver had a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Tug McGraw, who was still pitching for the Mets at that time, was trying to close the game for the Mets. Mike Schmidt hit a two run walk off homer for the Phillies to win the game. In 1972, the Phillies won just 59 games. Steve Carlton won 27, including 15 in a row.
I highly recommend Richardson’s Carpet Service. Today they repaired my carpet. They stretched the carpet and repaired the hole. I am thrilled with their courtesy, their professionalism; they’re very reasonable and the technician is just fabulous. You can reach them at 757-566-3617. Thank you very much.
I highly recommend Christy Hooker as a planner/coordinator. She's done two weddings for me and owns an amazing local bridal shop as well, Truly Yours Bridal, very reasonable dresses. She's super professional and has a variety of plans and prices and will work with you. She provided DJ and videographer recommendations, but I don't remember their names.
We would like to commend and recommend the Computer Clinic of Williamsburg, located on Jamestown Road, phone number 220-0010. Ryan Oliver and staff are just awesome. We have used them over the years and they are exquisitely professional, kind and at an affordable price. They are available and surely have obtained our repeat customer satisfaction. We highly recommend them to all with computer needs. Thank you.
Best beauty find in Williamsburg is Shavon at Walgreens. She is a trained cosmetologist and can help you with any brand in the cosmetics department. You don’t have to pay a lot for great skin care and makeup. I personally like the Boots No 7 line, and she matched a foundation to my skin that was perfect, then blush and eye shadow as well. There is no charge for her service, and she will work with you until you are happy with the results. Give yourself a little gift of beauty by stopping by to let Shavon help you find your inner beauty.
I would never go to anyone for flowers other than Morrison's Florist. They never "tell" you what you want but listen to you and they can fit any budget. I’ve used them for more than 20 years with 150 percent satisfaction.
I would like to whole heartedly recommend my hairdresser, Janet Harney! She has cut my hair for decades and is a meticulous, true professional. She works every Thursday at the beautiful Solace Salon on 1130 Old Colony Lane, Suite 201. The phone number of the Solace Salon is 757-229-8577.
Martin Madert, interviewer for the Witness to War Foundation, would like to come to Williamsburg to conduct interviews with WW II and Korean War veterans. To participate, send aemail with your name, service branch (Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy), and contact information to Larry Mullendore at MullendoreLarry@msn.com, who will forward your email to Madert. Madert would prefer to make the Williamsburg trip soon.
Up in Washington
President Trump is doing a good job. He pushed Congress to enact the largest tax cut to the American people since President Reagan. He cut the tax rate on American business from 35 percent to 21 percent to make America an attractive place to do business again. And he signed more laws to slash unnecessary federal regulations of bureaucratic red tape than any president in American history. This slashing of regulations is saving American businesses more than $18 billion a year in costs. Thank you.
The Saturday Last Word had a mis-statement about the Biden Rule. Biden did not delay the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in 2008 from Bush to Obama. He simply stated the concept in 2002 when Bush was president, and it never led to any action.