Last Word shopping locally, Nov. 28

Shop locally

Great natural, handmade soap, beard wash, oil and balm, lotions, bath salts and more are made and sold in Williamsburg. Visit the Perfectly Natural Soap store at 2021 Richmond Road. Great for gifts and to treat yourself and everyone who is important in your life. Why shop at chain stores when you can shop locally?

Goodwin Plaza

If the current P3 area was already a grassy and treed plaza, and then Colonial Williamsburg proposed to pave it over into a parking area, then how many locals would strongly object to that? I suspect that most of those who currently object to getting rid of the parking would object to that as well.

Looking for …

For those asking about getting firewood, call Scott at 757-869-2981.

This is in reference to those looking for firewood delivered: Call 757-564-0229. We can deliver it in our Tacoma pickup for you. Thank you.

To the person looking for the angel ornament that Master Craftsman had: The gentleman who designed them each year is still making them. I ordered mine last week and just got it Monday. It’s just like the ones I’ve been giving my niece and nephews in the past years. This is where I got mine: heirloompewterstudio.com.

To the person looking for the angel ornaments that were sold at Master Craftsmen: I just bought one at Honey Butter’s Kitchen-Candle Factory. The gentleman that made it is the same one that worked with Master Craftsmen. His website was listed where the ornaments were displayed heirloompewterstudio.com.

If anyone has any deer antlers they do not want, I would be glad to take them off your hands. Give me a call, 757-841-1242. Thank you.

Road worries

Sitting over here at Sentara on Ironbound and Watford and this light over here is terrible as far as the timing goes. If you’re on Ironbound and you want to go to Watford, it takes forever for it to change. I don’t know, maybe the person who adjusts the lights retired and they haven’t hired a replacement yet. When he gets there, how about having him come over there and see if he can adjust the timing on the stoplight? Thank you.

Jail visits

One 30-minute visit per inmate a week for those at Virginia Peninsula Jail is extreme. This discourages family and friends who want to visit, whether they are local or not. This has been going on for a year now. This is a regional jail, not a high-security prison.

Focus, please

I turn on the TV to see football teams play, not for extensive close-up coverage of smiles, frowns and winces of players and shots of coaches on the phone. Between plays, I want to see game activities like occasional replays, substitutions and evolving formations, not facial close-ups. Recently, a broadcast was so bad I timed it and more than 10 percent of the broadcast was absurd close-up facial expressions.

Thanksgiving dinner

I want to thank Cracker Barrel — they served an excellent Thanksgiving dinner for $12.99. Of course, it was a little late — we had to wait about an hour and 15 minutes, but it was well worth it. The food was excellent and the service — we had one of the best waiters I have ever seen. His name was Othmane and he was a great, great waiter. Thank you, Cracker Barrel! We shall return.

Guns

Regarding the recent comment titled “Guns:” There is a gentleman caller about his three children that were teenagers while he was in Tokyo, and he gave a profile of what the statistics are about shooting people with guns and deaths by guns. I would say in Japan, they have a different culture over there, and they live their lives completely different than the way we do here in the United States. In fact, for each one of the statistics you listed in your article, I can give you at least one or two instances where guns have saved lives. So I think this is a moot thought on your part, but you did present it very nicely.

Free to you

SONY KP-61XBR48 61" Videoscope Big Screen supersized color TV (1997). Rarely used, excellent condition. Includes speakers and working remote. Move it yourself and it's yours.

GM closures

I hope the president has something up his sleeve for the GM workers in Lordstown, Ohio, where last summer he told the workers not to sell their houses because "jobs were coming back." Since his tariffs have gone into effect, they have cost GM more than a $1 billion and there has been a drop in demand for their larger sedans worldwide. GM plans on a redirection of its manufacturing focus, making some of its current production facilities redundant worldwide. Additionally, it plans to reduce its workforce by 14 percent. So much for the president's bragging about bringing jobs back to the USA.

Speak clearly

This afternoon, a message was left on my answering machine. The woman talking was blathering so fast I couldn’t get the name of her office and I couldn’t get her telephone number, which she cut off at the end of a sentence. It was just not audible. Now Why do people, who are doing important (I’m not talking about selling something—I’m talking about something important) do this? I cannot call her back because I could not understand her. I know she probably makes a lot of calls and they’re all repetitious, maybe. But still, you don’t talk so fast that people can’t get the number or the name correctly. So I have nothing — no way of getting back to her. All because she didn’t speak clearly, enunciate words, pronounce words correctly. It’s just a shame.

Rack ‘em up

A couple of years ago, I noticed a flyer for a 9 Ball League sponsored by the American Poolplayers Association at The Corner Pocket in New Town and decided to give it a go. As a rank beginner, I knew nothing about organized pool leagues or what to expect and what I found was a terrific opportunity to socialize relatively affordably, learn a new skill and discover community. It’s handicapped, making it so players of varying skill levels can play together and is guided by a team captain with a little free coaching to boot. We’re wrapping up the fall session and the winter session will begin in January, the second Monday after New Year’s, I believe it is. You’re welcome to check us out before then — there are a few more game nights on Monday night from 7 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. Come on by and see if it’s something you’d enjoy doing.

Mail delivery

Well, you may have a poor mail carrier in your neighborhood, but the real problem with mail in this area is with the Richmond regional delivery center. This place has had a major problem for more than 30 years and seems to be getting worse instead of improving. You can call the Richmond area postmaster and complain, but I doubt it will help. It hasn’t in the past.

The U.S. Post Office has again announced it lost money this year. They charge me 50 cents to send a letter, but I get tons of junk mail at reduced prices. Idiots run our mail service.

Too many calls

For the person calling about too many calls: I just found out about from Cox that you can sign up at nomorobo.com and supposedly it automatically has thousands of numbers on it already, and it’s supposed to be able to detect the robo calls. Anyway, you have to go to nomorobo.com and sign up — it’s free. For your mobile device, I believe I read that it was $1.99 a month. Have a Merry Christmas.

Immigrants

For weeks we have heard about “caravans” of would-be political refugees from various strife-torn Central American countries, hoping to cross the U.S. border. So far, no one has said a word about other countries where they might seek refuge. For example, Costa Rica is a very well-run country that speaks their language and could presumably take some. For another example, Canada has gone on record that they are happy to take other political refugees who have been turned down by the U.S. I see no effort to provide transportation to Canada for any of these desperate refugees. Solving the problem to everyone’s satisfaction is surely more in our interest than causing more pain, dislocation and delay.

License plates

In regard to Saturday’s Last Word comment “License plates:” The caller put in there a very contentious and very detrimental thing about our president, of wanting/implying that he should be in jail. Mr. Trump, our president, works very hard for no salary. He’s doing his utmost to keep our country safe. Our economy is up. People have jobs. He has done a great thing for this country. Look at the nice and reputable, strong-willed people that he put in the Supreme Court. This person should retract what they has said about our president. It is terrible.

Regarding the comment about license plates in Wednesday’s paper: Donald Trump probably has a better chance of making them in the future instead of appearing on them.

To the commenter suggesting that President Trump should be in jail: That can never happen because with all the Democrats in jail, there is no room for even one Republican.

To the person who hopes Trump will be in the place where they make license plates: I’d like to know, what in the heck is the deal? As a private citizen and as president, he’s not broken any laws. Just because you don’t like what he texts or says, that’s not against the law.

Thank you

We were recently at the Walmart on Rochambeau Drive when our granddaughter lost her cellphone. We’d just like to say thank you to the person who turned it in to customer service. We appreciate your honesty. Thank you.

Thank you so much to Greg Hansom, a really Good Samaritan, who came to my aid just before Thanksgiving. There I was, in the Aldi parking lot, unable to find my car key and with $50 of groceries that included frozen food and ice cream. He saw me struggling and asked if he could help. I went inside the store to the cash register where I had paid for my food. I did not find my key and so left my name and telephone number in case my keys were found. Greg loaded the groceries into his truck, drove me home and carried the groceries into my house. I located a spare key and my son drove me back to Aldi so I could get my car. The very next day, someone from the store called with the wonderful news that she had found my key! Thank you, thank you, to Greg and to the lady at the store who found my keys and called me. There are good people in Williamsburg, and I am very grateful.

Market sell off

Regarding the recent market sell off: I’m sure Democrats would be the first in line for soup, as they want everything for free.

Up in Washington

President Trump needs to take his foot out of his mouth and then keep it shut. Armistice Day, Arlington Cemetery and now criticizing the Navy SEALS, our honored/elite fighting group that took out Bin Laden, the world’s worst terrorist in history — how dare he?

I didn’t like it when Obama was elected president, but I didn’t have to blab it all over the Last Word all the time. Give Mr. Trump a chance, for heaven’s sake.

Trump should have sent 50 immigration judges to the border and they could have proceeded to process the asylum requests in a week . It would have cost 99 percent less than sending troops.

In response to the person who mentioned U.S. interest/Khashoggi in Saturday’s last word. My question is do you really have to be a “leftist” to care about the planned torture and dismembering of another human being? And why do you question the facts? The CIA has investigated this crime and has concluded that it was ordered by the Crown Prince. That in itself is a horrible crime. But the fact that Trump continues to support and associate with the Saudis without caring what they have done is appalling. Khashoggi was a reporter and whether or not he was a U.S. citizen does not make the crime less horrible. He was a U.S. resident and his ordered murder should not be acceptable to anyone. What’s happened to humanity when you make excuses for the way people are treated?

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