Last Word on doing good, Nov. 24

Doing good

Warhill Wrestling's annual Toy Drive for Colonial CASA runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 13. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, books and games may be dropped off at the front office at Warhill High School. All donations go to local children who have been through the court system due to abuse or neglect.

Thanksgiving

Please, we all know there were ceremonies of thanks for a bountiful harvest in Virginia years before the celebrated one in Salem, but it is the Salem Thanksgiving that Americans emulate today. Modern Americans started the celebration long before anyone remembered the events in Virginia. For that matter, we don’t know how many unrecorded Thanksgivings were held in the colonies before the ones we know about. I had a blessed Thanksgiving with most of my family without a thought about who was first.

We’re thankful to hear leaf blowers at 8 in the morning on Thanksgiving — not. Get a rake and get some exercise.

Free to you

Pine straw, lots of it. All you have to do is rake it and it’s yours. Call 757-253-1285. Thank you.

Sustainability

Why is it no surprise to read about The College of William and Mary being the first public institution in the state to join the green challenge? "Let's treat this not as a finishing line but as a new starting line, and let's all do even more to meet the ambitious goals of this plan," Henry Broddaus said. This is just one more reason to be grateful and proud of W&M.

Leadership talk

All College of William and Mary students in attendance at the McGlothlin Leadership Forum on Oct. 31 should have honored the right of guest speaker Jim McGlothlin to offer remarks of his choosing on the subject of respect for the Pledge of Allegiance, authority and the police and how the Judge Kavanaugh hearings were handled. Students obviously had the right to disagree with the speaker and should have been given an opportunity to respond and/or ask questions. While emotional reactions may have resulted from Mr. McGlothlin's remarks, it is time to stop reducing disagreements to racism.

Unbelievable that a talk at the W&M Law School caused pain for the students. Are they infants that need to be coddled? If they are our best and brightest, our country is in trouble.

I read with a sense of amazement and disappointment the college's response and apologies for the "painful experience" endured by William and Mary law students during a recent talk by Jim McGlothlin. How tragic it must have been to hear his views on respect for the Pledge of Allegiance, authority and police. Yet President Rowe touts the importance to ensure "open debate as we air diverse viewpoints." Maybe alumni and donors deserve a letter of apology included with the college's next solicitation for financial support for the damage to our "feelings." Not sure the college is preparing its graduates for the real world. Sad.

In a letter to the editor, Bruce Schoch complained about Mr. McGlothlin’s address at the leadership luncheon at W&M. Having researched his name on the large donor list for the school, his name doesn't appear. Maybe its time for the writer to match McGlothlin's donations before complaining about his presence or, better yet, read the Constitution to see that the speaker’s remarks are protected speech

Deployment

Instead of spending hundreds of millions to send troops to defend the “caravan,” why not send these troops to California to aid in the efforts to find those hundreds of missing people and help those displaced from their homes?

New schools

Here we go again. As soon as W-JCC gets another new middle school, the crisis comes that we need a new elementary school. And I am sure it will have to be another architectural wonder of the world. Heavens, the schools had a design at the beginning for each level of school and then just site-adapted the drawings to the land. Heck no, we can’t do that. It would save money. Does this school system have any kind of long-range planning or do they just work off of crisis management? And why doesn't the Board of Supervisors hold them accountable for wasting tax dollars? Oh, I know why, most of the board is just as guilty of wasting tax dollars. Especially now with all the free money they are getting.

Looking for …

In response to the person looking for a hand specialist: I had surgery for a "trigger finger" last year by Dr. Robert Campolattaro at Tidewater Orthopaedics. He is an excellent surgeon and a very nice man. You can reach him at 757-827-2480.

Man’s white gold and diamond ring. Diamonds are in a circular cluster. Sentimental value. Reward if found for us. Please email meesketrena@yahoo.com. Thank you.

If you lost a set of earphones in Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday night, Nov. 17, please call 757-345-9452.

Help! We have years of photos, some in albums and some just loose. Who can help us organize and transfer them to discs or whatever is the most up-to-date and efficient way to store them?

What’s the point?

After having insurance policies with the same company for 25 years and not one claim until last year, when we had a windstorm/hail damage claim for the roof, we are being dropped. A lot of small things through the years were just repaired by us and not submitted, because the agent always said if we turned anything in our rate would go up. So what is insurance for?

Save the trees

If you love the mature trees along Richmond Road in front of the Williamsburg Shopping Center, you must let City Council know. It is not the developers who are going to tear them all down, it is the city so they can build a "multi-use path" along there. Please call or email the members of City Council to let them know we want our trees to stay. You can find their contact information at bit.ly/2Rf3rSI. Don't wait for someone else to do it if you want to save the trees. Do it before it's too late.

Remember Christmas

This Christmas, please don’t forget to invite the “Birthday Boy” to his party. We think of food and drinks, clothes to wear, gifts and decorations, and we forget who this celebration is for. (And no, it isn’t for the chubby guy, although he represents the spirit of giving). How would you feel if it was your birthday and your children and you weren’t included? Wouldn’t that be weird?

Unnecessary staffing

Another example of government waste: Each Saturday for months, at the intersection of Warhill and Longhill roads, two county police vehicles sit for 4-5 hours with all their lights flashing. There does not appear to be sufficient traffic passing through this intersection for the 4-5 hours to warrant the expense of two policemen and two vehicles sitting there. Isn’t there something better these county policemen could do?

Here’s a softball

An effort has been launched to form a 55+ Senior Softball League here in Williamsburg. If you will turn 55 or older during 2019, male or female, you are eligible to play. Progress depends on your responses. If you have any interest, please send your contact information to WSSL2019@gmail.com by Dec. 7.

The U.S. interest

Khashoggi was not a U.S. citizen. The leftist media frenzy over his killing is entirely politically motivated against Trump and against the Crown Prince and other Saudi reformers, and completely unjustified if you understand who Khashoggi was and what he advocated — none of which was in the U.S. national security interest.

Medicaid costs

We now find out that Gov. Northam’s push to get Medicaid for the elderly and disabled low-income is going to cost us $202 million more this year and $260 million more next year, according to the latest financial projections. Northam rushed this through the General Assembly, resulting in mis-estimates for hospital and nursing home bills and other payment issues. Legislators need to make sure all facts are brought out before voting. Virginia taxpayers are now on the hook to pay for this. Remember all of the legislators who supported this expansion.

Luring Amazon

Has Virginia government gone mad? Isn't it enough that the federal government subsidizes Amazon with a sweetheart U.S. Post Office deal? What other retailer has the post office delivering packages on Sunday? Amazon is killing local jobs. Now Virginia spends $20 million to market to Amazon for a presence in northern Virginia, the state's richest region. Spending $550 million more of the taxpayer's money in cash incentives and $250 million of taxpayer funds to help fund a technical center in northern Virginia. Why does the rest of Virginia have to pay to make the D.C. suburbs and Amazon richer? It's past time to get all this money out of politics, for Virginia to sweep out this group of politicians, and return to non-career citizen elected officials.

Market sell off

One stock that has gone up in this Trump market sell-off is Campbell Soup. Soup kitchens are stocking up for the Trump depression.

Road worries

It is sad that folks here in Williamsburg and JCC don't understand the basic concept of merge: every other car — like a zipper. But no, folks line up in their cars — sometimes 16 deep — while the lane which will eventually merge there’s no one, well, only me or another brave soul who understands this basic concept. Is this zipper image to merge too difficult to grasp? Merging goes lightening fast and traffic moves well. Try Pennsylvania or even Germany. But it seems like folks think everyone should line up nose to tail leaving that merge lane vacant

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of good road striping, especially at night. I have often wondered why there is no striping at all around the curves of center medians at major road intersections, including Richmond Road, which can be very difficult to maneuver at night. Then, last week, on a dark, rainy night as I approached the light at Old Towne Road and Richmond Road, I saw that a truck had just up-ended into the median. I assume he had turned left just a little too soon -- easy to do at night with no striping to follow -- and slid nose-down into the embankment. I hope VDOT regularly drives the county roads at night, ideally with older drivers who have less than perfect vision, to look for problems and dangerous areas. There are many! And I hope the driver was uninjured.

Tax bill payment

I noticed on my recent tax bill from James City County that if I wish to mail in my payment, the payment is sent to Boston, Mass. Really? They could not find a location a little closer to Williamsburg? Considering on how well the mail delivery system works here, I have to wonder if this is a way for JCC to increase tax revenue by encouraging late payment penalty fees of 10 percent.

Mail delivery

I live in the city in a residence at which I have been for more than 40 years. Grandfathered, I get my mail at a letter drop on my front door. I have a 13-year-old dog who lets me know when the mail is coming through the slot. On a recent Thursday, it was raining and the mail arrived at 7 p.m. I went to the door and watched as the mail truck backed in and out of the drive, leaving 20-foot-long ruts beside the driveway and smashing the solar lights. On Friday when the mail came I went to the door and spoke to the substitute mail deliverer. I showed her the damage. She was apologetic but that doesn’t restore my yard or my lighting. She said last week she had to be towed so at least she had not had to do that here. If the post office is going to hire drivers, it would seem there ought to be a check to make sure the driver is competent.

To the caller complaining about slow mail in Saturday's Last Word: You are not alone. I purchased a book on eBay from a seller in Glen Allen, Va. (a Richmond suburb) 10 days ago. It languished at the USPS sorting center in Sandston for eight days. Another book purchased on Halloween had been reported "in transit to next facility" once a day for two weeks before being delivered today. The problem with slow delivery of packages isn't the fault of the carrier but of the inept management in Sandston because the carrier cannot deliver what hasn't arrived. The lateness in the day of delivery is a totally different thing and blame has to be placed at the feet of the station manager because unless proven otherwise, management should take the blame.

License plates

To the person who hopes Trump's image will appear on a Virginia license plate, my hope is that Trump will soon be in a place where he is making the license plates.

Unwanted calls

To the writer asking whether there were any options available to him/her to block unwanted phone calls, I purchased a Panasonic cordless phone from Best Buy ( Model # KX-TGE232) and this system enables the user to easily block up to 250 unwanted numbers. It has worked beautifully and drastically reduced the number of 'nuisance' calls I receive. I'm sure there are other brands/models that do similar things, just shop around and you'll likely find exactly what you need. Good luck.

Retired in Williamsburg

I now officially join the crowd that is offended by Fred Siegel’s cartoons. How dare he dis Brussels sprouts. He has certainly gone too far this time.

All political persuasions aside, Fred Siegel’s Retired in Williamsburg “cartoons” are simply not funny. They are banal and often mean spirited.

Keep up the good work, Fred! The liberals have all the major networks and CNN to ridicule Republicans. We have you!

Offshore power

Gov. Ralph Northam and Dominion Energy have figured out that Virginia taxpayers will pay for the $300 million (plus financing costs) to demonstrate a large-scale windmill project offshore. The State Corporation Commission deserves credit for calling attention to this fiasco. Dominion proposes a construction model which places essentially all the risk on Dominion's 2.6 million customers. Wall Street Journal calls this a "perfect example of green daydreaming gone awry." Customers need to speak up on this. Source: Wall Street Journal Editorial Opinion, Nov. 19, "A Green Logrolling Classic."

Dropped channels

Why has Cox cut the only Richmond station we get in Williamsburg, Channel 70, NBC, Richmond?

Problems for vets

About 82,000 veterans have not received their housing allowance checks because Trump hasn't even nominated a chief information officer at the VA after two years. Trump should stop tweeting and sign these checks by hand if need be. Many face eviction.

Grocery check out

The complaint about the number of items bought in a grocery store self-checkout lane could have been written about me! I regularly use the self-checkout at the grocery store, regardless of whether I have a few items or a whole cart. I like to know items ring up properly and I bring my own bags so I always bag the groceries anyway. When there are signs restricting the number of items in an express lane I don't use it. Maybe the person complaining should get with the grocery stores and ask for express lanes to be added.

Make a donation?

I, too, am tired of being subject to retailers asking for donations. I do give, but there are times when I shop at the same store several times a week and am made to feel cheap if I don’t give every time.

Recommended

We recently tried the new restaurant, Anatolia, in New Town. Fine food and a friendly family staff. Very happy with this addition to the local dining scene. Do try it: Anatolia Bar & Grill is at 5203 Center St., 757-220-3840.

For those looking for a great lawn and grounds caretaker, one of the best is Felix Martina, 804-994-7263.

First visit to the new Spartan Gyro place on Richmond Road: outstanding Gyro — best I have ever had and I am a senior. Nice folks and a larger than expected menu. We will be back.

Thank you

We just had a huge (4-foot diameter) oak tree fall last Thursday, blocking the entrance to our cul-de-sac. All the workers who removed the tree did an excellent job and were there 10 minutes after the first phone call to the city of Williamsburg so the residents could get in and out. They also did a wonderful job in the clean up. Really appreciated the quick response and the job well done.

A TV too far

To the person who commented that "TV has gone too far with their liberal views ..." You are not the only one who has noticed this. This agenda of the Hollywood left has been going on for years, and they are not about to slow down or stop now. If you do not want to see it, my advice is that you should stop watching the shows. Perhaps you could write to the stations carrying the shows and express your displeasure, or better still write to the advertisers of the shows and tell them you will no longer buy their products if they continue to sponsor shows with images you find objectionable. Lastly, in answer to your question "why does liberal TV have to push their agenda on the rest of us?", I can only say, they do it because they can, and you cannot stop them. They do it to alter your perception of the world; to change the way you think. If you see their agenda everywhere, eventually you will accept it as normal. Hollywood Liberals control TV, but you control the remote. Change the channel or turn off the TV.

Up in Washington

When the president's regular habit of opening his mouth without engaging his brain attacked the third leg of the American Government he crossed a line and drew a sharp response from Chief Justice Roberts. Crossing the highest jurist in the country is not a smart thing to do, as a part of the Supreme Court's Constitutional duty is to keep the president in line when he oversteps the rule of law. Just because he is president, he is not above the law and his life will become a very tiny bit easier the quicker he learns this lesson.

Some of those in Congress -- both Democrats and Republicans -- spend big bucks and even the lives of our military defending borders round the world. Yet they don't want military protection of our own borders. Such stupidity will doom our nation.

If any of our children spoke about anybody the way our elected president just wrote about one of the most respected members of Congress, calling the filthiest of names, most parents would in no uncertain terms lay the ground rules: "Don't you ever let me hear you speak about anybody like that again." He is no role model for our children — who we teach not to tell lies and not to call names. It seems Mrs. Trump's efforts to stop bullying are not getting through to the bullyer-in-chief. He should be doing his job instead of spending so much time making up horrid names and spending so much of our tax dollars so he can spend so much time with his golf clubs.

Under the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 the president cannot order the United States Military to do his bidding as he hinted in his Thanksgiving rant. Only the Congress can order the domestic deployment of the military except in very specific exemptions which need concrete proof before they are deployed. As he will learn, more of the Federal Judges then he realizes will be "Obama Judges" when they rule thumbs down to his acts.

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