Last Word on paying tax bills, Nov. 21

Paying tax bills

I notice that I’m now required to send my property and personal property tax bill payment for James City County to Boston, Massachusetts. I’m curious as to why I’m now sending my tax dollars to a place in Boston — are we now paying our tax dollars to somebody in Boston to process our tax payments instead of here in James City County, where the money should be kept? Curious.

Goodwin Plaza

How strange that a VP of Colonial Williamsburg would make a determined pitch for spending money — how much has never been mentioned — to attract people to a created play area away from the many wonderful Colonial activities, programs, buildings and green spaces that supposedly need visitors! Does the VP want the separated play spaces truly employed by Colonial Williamsburg or trying to pull away would-be CW visitors? CW gets stranger every day. And most of us here are here because we were attracted by all of the colonial history, places, events, reenactors! Not because there would be a tucked away green space instead of the handy parking.

If you ever need a definition of redundant, say: greening P3 in a tiny town that has more usable, accessible, available green spaces than anywhere in the world.

Climate change

There are 30,000-plus scientists who have signed a statement that climate change doesn’t exist. We must ask how reliable was data keeping 50 years ago and how it is being compared. Science is not a done deal and is always revising itself. Our country is not the culprit, and green energy is also a huge business promoting itself.

Looking for …

We are still looking for firewood to be delivered. Anyone who has some available, please leave your number in the Last Word. Thank you.

Looking to get a group of makers and tinkerers together for a weekly meeting to discuss our projects, electronics, programming, machining and fabrication. Call Steve at 258-0910.

The Salvation Army helps a lot of people in the Williamsburg area, and they have recently moved into Williamsburg at the old Virginia Gazette building on Ironbound Road. They’re in great need of help ringing bells this Christmas. They have quite a few two-hour shifts available and would greatly appreciate anyone who can help. Please call Jeremy Lind at the Salvation Army, at 757-229-6651, and he will be able to help you schedule those bell-ringing opportunities. Thank you very much.

To the person looking for a physician specializing in trigger finger surgery: I recommend Dr. John McCarthy, right there in Williamsburg. He’s at Tidewater Orthopedic Associates, phone is 206-4001.

Is there anyone in the Williamsburg/James City County area who sews canvas and makes items out of canvas? If you do, please leave your number. I have quite a few canvas projects that I need to have done. Thank you.

I have had hand surgery twice for a ring finger problem. Very successful. Call the Hand Center, at 757-827-2480. This is in Williamsburg. Very successful surgery. Thank you.

C. Ritchie Photography Studio was a business in Williamsburg, and I wanted to find out who may now have the photos that were in her shop. My children were models for her for several years, and I wanted to find out if there was a possibility of getting copies. So if anybody has any whereabouts of C. Ritchie Photography, negatives or photos, please contact 757-220-1311. Thank you very much.

To the person looking to donate golf clubs and bag: I'm the golf coach at Bruton High School. I often have first-time players come out for the team with either no clubs or very old clubs. I would appreciate a solid set of clubs to have available next season for new players. You can reach me at jbarr@ycsd.york.va.us. Thank you.

Ice cream equity

In reference to the ice cream, I agree with the person who commented that come scoops seem to be small. There is a policy of scooping small. There’s also a problem that hasn’t been addressed about sprinkles: There are always more little sprinkles than big ones. Thank you.

In response to the Nov. 17 comment titled “More ice cream”: My response is, you must have hit a rocky road and had Breyer’s remorse. I have the same problem when I order vanilla and chocolate ice cream. I always get more vanilla than chocolate. What’s up with that? Thank you.

Retired in Williamsburg

How sad that the recent commeter cannot appreciate Mr. Siegel's humor when our country is in such turmoil. I, for one appreciate those cartoons. They brighten my day. Another retired Republican.

Mail delivery

During the past several months, problems with our mail delivery have become a major concern for residents in the Meadows subdivision. We had no mail delivered one day, Nov. 10 mail was delivered after 8 p.m. and, on Nov. 13, no mail was delivered at all. When I called our post office, I was told part of the problem is that our Williamsburg Post Office is getting our mail from Richmond late, which makes our local mail delivery late. I have also been told that a number of our mail carriers have quit out of frustration. Would someone let the residents know who to contact here or in Richmond to help resolve these concerns? As we get closer to the holidays, it will only get worse unless these problems get resolved ASAP.

What is going on with our mail delivery in the "Lake Toano" area? We used to get our mail every day before the afternoon started; now we may receive it before it gets dark. Also, lately there are a lot of Saturdays when we think we are being skipped. This has not happened before in all the decades we have lived in this area. If the postal service is lacking mailmen/women to deliver our mail, then hire some! There are plenty of people who would love to be employed there. It also would help if we could stop receiving mail from the other streets here which makes us wonder, who has our mail?

Road worries

I just stopped at a crosswalk in front of Cary Stadium to allow a family with a young child to cross Richmond Road, only to watch a young man on a bicycle blow through the pedestrian crossing while texting on a bicycle. Don’t these people know that bicyclists are supposed to obey traffic laws just like other drivers?

Pleasant discovery

When a friend told me about a charity event at the Colony Square Shopping Center to benefit the Heritage Humane Society, I was eager to go and support it. We were entertained by a musical group “Winsome.” I had not heard of them before. They were surely a delight to see and hear, and their music was uplifting.

Questionable TV

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, liberal Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor makes the poor decision to appear on the liberal Colbert show. Talk about politics having no place on our Supreme Court! If Brett Kavanagh were to go on a conservative show, if there was one, the Liberals would hold a protest.

TV has gone too far with their liberal views pertaining to LGBT take on our society. You would think by watching TV that LGBT people make up a larger number of our population than is actually the case. Almost every show now shows men and women passionately kissing each other. I personally don’t want to see this, but otherwise like the shows. My question is, why does liberal TV have to push their agenda on the rest of us?

Challenging coaches

Coaching high school sports is a privilege. Coaches have an opportunity to mold and shape lives, not just coach a sport. Life-long memories and friendships are made. Recently, a team finished a season in 19 and 5 and the coach told the team he was ashamed of them and they should be ashamed as well. Coaches sometimes use scare tactics, such as yelling and screaming, sometimes cursing or calling out players in front of their teammates, embarrassing them. Players get timid and are afraid to be themselves, to show their true talents. Heaven forbid you get on the bad side. The sad thing is, good players lose interest and won’t try out the following year. Athletic directors need to monitor their coaches better, having exit interviews each year, not just with the coach but with the players as well.

Free to you

Hammond organ, model M 3, excellent condition. Call to arrange pickup, 757-645-5348. Thank you.

Copies of New York Times, 1918; Journal American newspaper, 1944; Albany Journal newspaper, 1919. Call me at 804-694-6376. Thank you.

A little help

Recently visited the 5 Star Inn — no doormen anywhere at hand or in sight.. Busy day, lots of people coming and going what with Donor days. Anybody notice? Care?

Lost consignment

Does anyone know what happened to the consignment shop Twice as Nice, formerly on Richmond Road in Williamsburg? All of a sudden some weeks ago, they were gone, the building was for rent, and as a consignor, I never received a notice. More importantly, they owed me money.

Too many calls

We've recently had a rash of unwanted phone calls seeking donations, scams, selling something. For along time, I've had my phone listed in the federal do-not-call registry, but that is worthless. We now get an almost daily call from "Sarah" asking if I have back pain. Is there a button on the phone that I can press when I get one of these calls that will block future calls from their number? Or are there other suggestions?

Deployed soldiers

I’d rather see federal troops protecting our borders than to see them fight in the Middle East where they’re not wanted. Sorry, but when you join the military, you’re not guaranteed to be home for the holidays.

Guns

We lived in Tokyo for seven years during which our three children were teenagers. I will always remember the peace of mind that we had that there was no risk of gun violence for them or us at any hour of the day. Here, we have 60 gun suicides per day, 30 gun homicides per day, two accidental gun deaths per day, and one mass shooting per day (four or more injured or killed). Is this the way we want to live?

How naive is someone to think violent crime can’t come to Williamsburg. All one has to do is see where all the mass shootings happened; none were in NYC. By the way, I too grew up in NYC when crime was rampant and there was no way to obtain a handgun permit to protect myself. Thank God, I now live in a state that believes in my constitutional right to protect myself.

Help for California

I say no federal funds should go to California to fight their fires until they agree to adhere to Federal immigration laws.

Gas prices

The silver lining in Trump's trade wars causing a global economic slowdown is cheaper gas.

Check-out lines

Isn’t there a limit to the number of items you should have to use the self checkout at a grocery store? I was behind someone that had a whole cart full of groceries. I think it should be reserved for those of us who only have a handful.

License plates

I’m sure if today Robert E. Lee was a Democrat, there would be no complaint about him being on a license plate. I hope President Trump gets to be on a license plate.

Recommended

Eddie Nuñez, owner of All in One Home Improvements, just completed remodeling two of our bathrooms. We couldn’t be any happier with his impeccable work and professionalism! He is one of the most versatile and talented contractors we have ever encountered. It seems like there is nothing he can’t do and do well. We highly recommend Eddie for your home improvement needs. He can be reached at 757-880-4220 or allinone23185@aol.com.

Thank you

We thank Cathy Alston, the manager at the Olive Garden, on Veterans Day, for her kindness to a World War II lame veteran. It was truly heartwarming. Thank you.

Many thanks to the kind person who not only found the VW key I lost while running the Greensprings Trail on Sunday, but who was thoughtful enough to match it with my Jetta and place it on the driver’s side window ledge where I could find it. After retracing my path without success, I was ready to borrow a stranger’s telephone to call my wife for a lift. Glad that was unnecessary. Thank you.

Up in Washington

If the President of the United States answers every one of Robert Muller’s questions truthfully, he has nothing to worry about with his alleged perjury trap. That being said, he does expose himself to legal jeopardy if he admits to committing the crime. However, he can always take the Fifth Amendment on the questions that he thinks will cause him to admit to a crime. It’s simple. Tell the truth — you’ve got nothing to worry about.

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