I was so excited to see a temporary barrier up at the intersection of Powhatan Secondary and News roads this week. It was to prevent people traveling west on News Road from passing cars on the right who were turning left into Powhatan Secondary. Hours later, this barrier was gone. Whoever put it up has the right idea because people fly past cars illegally every day, endangering the people turning into The Colonies. The neighborhood HOA should formally request a Virginia Deparment of Transportation study in hopes of making that area safer.
Who says VDOT doesn't have the traffic lights synchronized through Lightfoot? Had to stop at every one of 'em!
Offshore wind energy
Since Dominion couldn’t run power lines under the James River, does this mean they will need to construct towers in the Chesapeake Bay to bring the energy ashore?
Colonial Williamsburg's desire to convert the P3 parking lot behind the Goodwin Building to a plaza, removing scarce downtown parking spots, is unpopular among many in our community. Could there be a compromise? Keep the P3 parking lot, which must have value to Merchant Square vendors, and instead extend the ambiance of Merchants Square from College Corner beyond Henry Street to Nassau Street? Add more benches and landscaping (but not a large video screen) to make the area a more inviting transition between Merchants Square and the more historic part of DoG Street.
Instead of increasing the noise level in our world, we should be trying to decrease it. I say no to any kind of video screen in the proposed green space, which is now the P3 parking lot in Colonial Williamsburg. Let’s make it classy and traditional, not gaudy and noisy. Thank you.
Unbelievable news! Colonial Williamsburg will destroy a much needed parking lot (P3) to build a seasonal playground. How many people will sit outside in the winter to watch a television that they can enjoy at home in warmth and comfort? How many little children will play in a fountain in the cold months? Locals doing brief errands in local stores will not walk two blocks — and pay to do so — when they could pick up something from the bakery in just a few minutes elsewhere. Let's hope saner minds will overcome this insanity. Or is it already too late? Is the decision made, no matter what the locals say about it?
With all of the discussion about the impact of closing the P3 parking lot in Merchants Square, why not close the lot temporarily and see what the impact is to visitors and businesses before any final decisions are made?
To the contributor afraid of teenagers causing trouble because of the screen in the new proposed space: Just because there's a screen doesn't mean teenagers will flock there. They all have screens in their pocket. It's these same screens they'll be looking at if they were to just hang out in the new community space, a space that I must remind you is being built to be used by everyone. Teenagers today are not of the same ilk as the boomers or the teenagers they raised. If they're bored they won't "cause trouble," they'll just scroll through Instagram on their phones.
Wonderful idea to ask the city to consider making the DoG Street area in front of the Wren Chapel into a nice park. Outside of Saturday morning when the market is running, it would be better used. Convert the Goodwin Square into handicapped parking space.
I think the giant screen planned for Goodwin Square is a planned distraction. Many people are upset at the prospect of losing parking spaces, and knowing this, the real estate and marketing departments have planned the screen to create a distraction. So that when the review for this project is up, the departments at CW will withdraw the request for the giant video screen and hope the citizens will be thankful to have that screen withdrawn and will be happy with just having the plaza. Thank you.
Many thanks to Cindy May for her excellent letter “Goodwin Plaza is just over the top” in the Nov. 3 Gazette. To all those in decision-making capacities: Please listen to the outpouring of public protest and carefully reconsider what is realistic in this area.
I agree with other residents that a giant screen in the proposed conversion of the P3 parking lot to a pedestrian plaza is disturbingly out of character and brings no benefit to the public. Seriously, who would leave their family room or sports bar to watch what CW chooses to put on the screen? Probably about the same number of people who would put their kids in bathing suits and drive to town or leave their hotel pool to play in the proposed fountain. So, the two big, new features of the proposed plaza — TV and play fountain — are essentially useless. Even those few so inclined would be discouraged by the lack of nearby parking. The downtown area already has an abundance of green space, gathering places, and event venues; why add a TV and fountain that are very expensive to build and maintain, and potentially public nuisances.
Retired in Williamsburg
I love Siegel's cartoons. Never miss them. Please keep them coming.
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Looking to get a group of makers, tinkerers or hackers together for a weekly meeting to discuss our projects, electronics, programming, machining and fabrication. Call Steve at 258-0910.
Found Halloween night: Necklace with cross, lost in St George’s Hundred neighborhood. Call 757-870-1100 and identify.
Does anybody in the community or James City County do canvas work? If you do, please leave your name and telephone number in the Last Word, for I have some canvas work to do. Thank you.
If you are interested in a free puppet stage, call Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church at 757-566-0162. You will need to pick it up at the church in Toano. Thank you.
Looking for a full-bodied male and female mannequin for church project. If you have either to give away or for a small fee, call 1-757-634-8613. Thanks so much.
For the person looking for a caterer: I have been in charge of weekly dinners at my church for five years and have used Custom Culinary Connections many times. Jeff or Christy Aczel, 757-566-4410 / Fax 757-566-9730, email email@example.com can help you with a menu and prepare most requested dishes.
Is there anyone to repair a tub surround — perhaps a better name would be a back tub surround? It is coming apart at the seams. Please leave information in the Last Word. Thank you.
Does anyone know of a good hairdresser who does women’s colored hair, uses a flat iron and charges a reasonable price? If so, leave a message in the Last Word.
For the person looking for a upholsterer: I have used Moon Sewing Shop for several projects. He is located at 221 Bulifants Blvd., off Mooretown Road. His phone number is 757-220-6690. He upholsters, makes slip covers that look like you had the piece upholstered and he alters clothing quickly. He is open Monday through Saturday.
Congratulations, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. Now that you have job security for six more years, could I ask that you take the lead for Constitutional change? Two items: Term limits, OK to let incumbents like you have legacy with no limits, but new senators have only two terms maximum, and newly elected U.S. Representatives have a maximum of six, two-year terms, and let incumbents have legacy; and please come clean ethically. Did you ask your running mate two years ago, Hillary, what did she do with the 33,000 subpoenaed emails that disappeared? I hope you asked.
Finally, here it is election day and we finally got our mail at 7:30 a.m. this morning. We hadn’t gotten anything last week, and we’ve been watching, working out in the yard, watching the mailman fly through the neighborhood and not stop at one house. I know for a fact that a lot of people in this neighborhood get a lot of mail and we do every day. Called the post office and you can’t get through there to anybody.
Free to you
Moving boxes in Norge. You pick up. 757-345-9682.
An adjustable hospital bed in very good condition free to anyone who is able to pick it up in Toano. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Thank you.
Bagging attachment for a Troy built lawnmower/lawn tractor. It’s a two bagger — it’s a universal-type bagger type. 258-0542. All the hardware is there. Thank you.
Moving the game
It constantly amazes me some of the things people write in about. Bruton football had low player turnout this year and therefore only had five games on their schedule. The last game of their season (not even last home game, but last game at all) was Oct. 26 against Tabb. So I'm not sure when the person complaining about the weather on homecoming would've wanted the homecoming game to be postponed until. Basketball season?
No position required
I just want to buy food and clothes based on taste, fit and price, of course. But it seems those options are becoming more difficult. Now I need to be told – emphatically – what should be my political positions by major retailers of food and clothes. Really? My life is way too busy to have to consider what the political positions of major retailers are. Let’s get real. If you want to tell me your political positions, then I absolutely will not buy your products – whether you are liberal or conservative. Your politics have no place in my life, and I will not let you destroy what little solitude I have when shopping. Leave me alone.
It seems that people who generate online hate speech are potentially dangerous. Maybe this should be a factor considered for gun purchases and ownership.
Up in Washington
Now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned, I feel Donald Trump should have his sister as a judge to be the next U.S. Attorney General, just like John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. I think Trump should do it.
In Wednesday’s Gazette, under “Up in Washington,” the caller claims the current president is doing a good job because he encouraged Mitch McConnell to give a massive tax cut to the very rich. Well, I say he’s not doing a good job because McConnell has discovered that he wants to cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in order to pay for that $1.5 trillion budget-busting tax cut.
“There they go again.” Obama claiming he is responsible for the economic recovery and his minions drinking the Kool Aid. People writing to the Last Word with false facts regarding the GDP during his eight years. The best he could due during his tenure was 2 percent GDP. President Trump is at 3.7 percent to 4 percent GDP in two years. If he can keep at 3 percent or more, it would be very positive. Additionally, unemployment is at an all-time high and salaries are rising. The tax breaks are working and confidence is high.
Someone needs to tell Mr. Trump and his followers that a loud voice and a hostile attitude do not validate a false statement.
When Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president, the national debt was more than $888 billion. Eight years later, when he left office, it was pushing $6 trillion, a multiplication factor of around 500 percent. So don’t stiff President Barack Obama, who inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression and pulled us out of it and propelled us on to the great economy we have now while running the national debt up about 85 percent.
Jobs have been growing strongly under President Trump. This has pleased MAGA supporters and puzzled Trump critics. It is time we found a slogan that can unite us rather than divide us. The president has added 1.2 million jobs by increasing the budget deficit by approximately $300 billion. I suggest that we should all unite under the slogan, “Large Deficits Create Jobs.” I want an LDCJ hat.