Last Word on getting it right, Dec. 5

Getting it right

This is a correction: The William and Mary team that rents members out to help with heavy lifting and such is the crew team and they call themselves Rentarower. They charge $20 an hour; call Dave at 215-796-7302 if you want to learn more.

Goodwin Plaza

My wife and I just returned from our annual visit to Williamsburg. We've visited at least once a year since our honeymoon in 1976, maybe 60 times in all. I've also been a long-time subscriber to The Virginia Gazette, and I've read with interest the comments regarding the reconfiguration of the P3 parking lot. When we go to Merchant's Square, I park in the pay garage most of the time. I like that my car is out of the elements, the rates are reasonable and I'm not under the two-hour time constraint like the other lots. Each time we walked through the P3 lot, I looked for empty spaces and did not see any. I don't even try to park there because it’s hard to find a space. The nicest thing I can say about changing the lot into a plaza is that it’s idiotic. I can imagine the space on a cold January day, with the temperature below freezing, a wind chill in the teens and not a soul in sight. The best thing the huge video screen could play would be commercials for Disney World. The other day I had a nice conversation with a CW employee in the Visitor Center about the P3 lot. I mentioned to her that it seems that CW and the town council, with all its committees, is missing the most important committee: A Common Sense Committee. The words that come to mind concerning the P3 lot are,"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

In a recent straw poll of at least two employees in each of 26 businesses around Merchants Square/Prince George Street, only nine people were in favor of converting Goodwin Square into a park. The majority felt that maintaining the parking spaces was more important and economically beneficial to their businesses than a park would be. Some had no opinion. Several wondered why CW would spend money on such a park when they have financial concerns and people would only use it in good weather. Nearly everyone thought a big video screen was a bad idea.

Road worries

I would like to echo a previous caller’s concerns about the road markings. I have found it very difficult to navigate on the streets after dark with the poor markings of the road. The Virginia Department of Transportation desperately needs to review the road markings so that they are visible 24 hours a day. Thank you.

Please remember that parking lot lanes are a two-lane road. Take your half out of the far right hand side of the lane as you’re moving forward, not out of the middle.

Ferry problems

So, we have a shipyard that cannot deliver a properly built ship. Why does this sort of thing need to be the norm in lieu of the exception? This cannot be much different than the not-too-old Pocahontas. The months they say it will take to complete modifications will no doubt be very costly. Assuming VDOT doesn’t have to pay, the builder will possibly lose money. Wonder if there are penalties for lengthy delivery delay. Kind of reminds one of auto recalls!

Speedy delivery

To the caller who said he’s got a motion camera to see to if the postman comes up the lane. They don’t come up the lane any more. They just fill out those mustard-colored cards before they leave the office and throw one in the mailbox.

Judging by the large number of complaints about residential mail delivery, it might behoove the post office to concentrate a bit less on Amazon Prime and lot more on improving residential service.

Quilting supplies

I’m interested in the free quilting supplies listed in the Last Word. My name is Kendall Effler, 757-778-2938.

Please call a senior lady beginner quilter at 757-564-0424. Any quilting help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks. Merry Christmas.

Very interested in the quilting fabric and/or supplies you may still have. Please contact moonpie58@gmail.com.

Patriots Triangle Quilts of Valor is interested in the fabric if it is still available. Our mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing. The group is a local chapter of the national organization that is a 501(c) not-for-profit organization, www.qovf.org. All our quilts are made by volunteers and completed quilts go to local veterans and service members. Please contact us at PTQOV@cox.net Thank you.

Guns

The gun craze in this country is a disease affecting our public health. In the 1920s when car ownership in this country dramatically increased, there was, of course, a corresponding upswing in car-related deaths. The auto industry at the time probably decried, “Cars don’t kill people, people do!” That argument is essentially true, in that cars are not inherently evil; they were invented to provide a means of transportation. But guns are made for one purpose, and that is to kill a living being. Eventually federal and state governments stepped in and passed laws requiring seat belts in cars and mandating their use, and many other life-saving features. And it worked. It’s tragic that it’s going to take such a long time for the gun industry, gun owners, and our lawmakers to acknowledge that additional safety measures are going to have to be implemented. How many of our sons and daughters have to die at the hands of guns before we wake up and take steps to mitigate this national tragedy?

Recommended

Anatolia, the new Turkish/Armenian restaurant in New Town is great! Delicious authentic food, lovely atmosphere, reasonable prices and friendly owners who will welcome you into the family. Don’t be scared off by the thought of “different” food. If you’re not in the mood to try something too unfamiliar, you can always have a very tasty beef or chicken kebob and a yummy piece of baklava!

For those looking for a great hairdresser: I recommend Holly Steele of Virtue Salon (757-903-2934) at 312 Lightfoot Road. I have used Holly for years. She was formerly employed at Super Cuts.

Today the Habitat ReStore staff and volunteers enjoyed a Christmas gathering at Rocco's Smokehouse on Bypass Road. The entire restaurant staff is to be commended for organization, a double buffet line, and attentive staff. But the real star of the show was the delicious and plentiful food, which every person seemed to really enjoy. I hope our group makes plans next Christmas for an encore!

I highly recommend Habana Hemingway Cafe on McLaw’s Circle near Kingsmill. We took our family there for a delicious dinner. Our daughter-in-law is Latina, and lived in Miami. She said this is the best Cuban food she has had outside of Miami and it tasted homemade like her grandma made. The huge murals painted by the co-owner are amazing! The prices are very reasonable, and portions large.

French protests

As the Democratic Party moves towards Socialism, they need to look at what’s happening in Paris. Due to fuel prices at $7 per gallon, most of which is taxes, the French are rioting in the center of Paris. When you live in a socialist country, where so much is free to you, taxes must go up to pay for it all. In Denmark, the top income tax rate is approximately 60 percent; the average person has little money for discretionary spending. Remember nothing is free; it somehow needs to be paid for.

Scam calls

I was really surprised to hear about the nomorobo issue with Cox, since they were the ones that originally told me about it. Now, I personally have not gone through all of the steps to sign up for it, but I was also told that if I had issues that I should call Cox and they should be able to take me totally through the steps. So I don’t know if the person who was having trouble did that or not. If you haven’t called Cox, I think I would call them and say, “What’s going on?”

I have a small business. Someone called last week saying they were from Dominion and was told my power was going to be shut off if I did not pay within 45 minutes. They gave me another number to call. Imagine my surprise when a person answered. When I told him I did not expect a person to answer, he said it was because I called the main office. He said I owed for two months and needed to pay, so I asked how much I owed. He said $1,400. I had my bill and said no way. The bill said $300. He said he would check with his supervisor and, surprise — he hung up. People, be aware of this scammer. I still have the phone numbers if anyone wants them.

Just the truth

I do not understand why the president has called the take home, open book test he did for the Muller investigation a "perjury trap." If the president tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to each and every answer to the questions presented to him he has nothing to worry about on perjury. Now, if telling the truth means he admits to illegal actions, that is another matter entirely. But it is not perjury!

Looking for …

To the person looking for the veal shank: You might actually ask some of the stores that have a butcher’s shop within store if they will order it for you. I know at least where I’ve lived in the past, stores that would be willing to do things like that. Merry Christmas!

Does anyone know someone that will put lights on a tree outside—a holly tree?

I would like to suggest that the Salvation Army consider adding signs and directions in their new building—no one seems to know where one is to go. A smile, greeting, and word of thanks would also be appreciated.

Can anyone tell me whether ATT provides good cellphone service in southeast Virginia? I'd like to get the discount that's offered to Directv subscribers if they have an ATT phone, but I've heard that the cell service is poor here.

I used to find Angel Trees around town and take a few wish tags from them to buy gifts for kids. Does anyone know where I can find one?

Jail visits

To the person who responded to the 30-minute jail visit at the VPRJ: That’s your answer? Just shut up. Last time I checked, we lived in America. However, you’re right. It does sound like a third world country policy, the 30-minute jail visit at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. However, it is a hardship on families.

Too frustrating to use

Is anyone but me utterly frustrated with all the medical patient portals that are impossible to work with? I have spent hours and they keep changing the parameters, and making me change passwords, and then when I try to go back on they say my password is not valid. The last one asked for five security questions and answers. This is a gross overkill. This is not access to my bank account — just trying to get doctors’ notes and results.

Speaking clearly

I read the recent LW comment from a person who wrote in about people not speaking very clearly. I wouldn’t even bother answering a call that I can’t understand the words or the phone number or whatever. Her best bet is caller ID. Thanks a lot.

Cheers!

Thank you to the staff at McDonald’s restaurant on John Tyler Memorial Highway. These guys are the nicest and most pleasant I have seen in many years. What a wonderful staff! Keep up the good work!

Kudos to Brandon Schall, the very helpful attendant at the copy department of Staples on Richmond Road. I wanted to resize a teddy bear pattern so that I could make a Christmas tree ornament for a special friend. Brandon quickly resized the pieces of the pattern. When I asked him the cost, he said there was no charge, as it was only about 20 cents. Thank you so much, Brandon!

Up in Washington

Dear Mr. President: You have influence with Saudi Arabia. Please use it to end bombing in Yemen, so that food and medical relief supplies can get through the ports to more than 6 million Yemenis starving to death. Then I'll nominate you for the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Trump is the master of short-term wins at all costs and media distractions. This week the tariffs and $1.5 trillion tax reductions, short term gains turn negative, trade policies are impacting the lower and middle class families with higher costs. To distract us, he bullies a small group of poor, homeless people in Mexico and calls out the military for a show. Don't underestimate the long-term damage being done to our country's economy and core values.

The president wants General Motors to keep operating plants at a loss. He wants other companies to lower prices to limit inflation. When do we get to set room rates for his hotels, sale prices for Trump condominiums and fees for his golf courses?

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