It came to my attention that a W-JCC elementary school had a silent auction at which a "Fortnite session" with the assistant principal was auctioned off to students. A student won the auction, which allowed him to play during school hours with the assistant principal. Common Sense Media refers to Fortnite as a "rollicking survival-action game where players fight to the death" and "a combat based game with tons of guns and violence." With more than enough violence in our schools and communities today, couldn't our school leaders (administrators) come up with a better idea than fostering more violence in our schools? Students cannot write about, talk about, draw or enact the use of guns in school (for good reason), yet an elementary school administrator played violent video games with a student during the school day. This shouldn't even be a thing. Shame on those who allowed this to take place.
Duty. Honor. Country. As I watch the body of President George H. W. Bush being delivered to the U.S. Capital, I can only think of how much the current president can learn about duty, honor and country from the late president. As a young man, rather than taking the easy way and using family connections to get a safe job with the War Department, he enlisted in the Navy and volunteered for flight school, not because it was easy, but because it was hard. Thus began a life of service to country where he never put himself above duty and always served with honor. He was a man of honor who consistently answered his country's call and who did his duty without asking what's in it for me? God speed, George Bush.
Today was a national day of mourning for former President George H. W. Bush. How disappointing that Williamsburg-James City County schools chose not to honor this day by giving staff and students the day off to remember and celebrate the life of this former president. What was it the superintendent thought students would learn at school that would be more important than participating in and watching the remembrances for this great man, a former president? A great teachable moment they missed by being at school instead.
Today was declared a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush. Would like to know why the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, required state employees to go to work, depriving them of their opportunity to witness a very moving tribute to a man who served our country with great honor and dignity. It was a wonderful service with many moving and historic tributes. Why did Gov. Northam deprive all state employees of this important opportunity?
We were proud and happy to see President Trump salute former President George H.W. Bush’s casket in the rotunda Wednesday night. It was also very moving to see former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole struggle to stand from his wheelchair and salute the former president. On the other hand, we were sad to see Trump and Melania not looking at the service program and not singing the songs along with the other presidents.
Upon receiving my latest issue of the Military History Quarterly, I was pleasantly surprised to find a feature article about the Gazette’s contributor, Frank Shatz. As it turns out, he is a Nazi death camp survivor (by escaping) as well as the man who completed a heroic trek across late WW II Europe in search of freedom. I was unaware of his full background and am now even more impressed with his sage commentaries published in the Gazette. We live among heroes.
While many people have complained about our postal service here in Colonial Heritage and other areas, myself included, I want to point out that the carriers are doing the best job they are allowed to do. We often blame our carriers because our mail service is deplorable, but complaints should get directed to the Office of the Inspector General at 877-876-2455. Our incoming mail was not delivered on Friday in Colonial Heritage, but our outgoing mail was picked up. Sometime overnight, our mail was delivered; a second trip for the carrier. On Saturday, our outgoing mail was picked up, but no mail was delivered. However, at about noon Sunday, the carrier was back, delivering Saturday’s mail because it had not arrived on schedule from the distribution center in Richmond. Our carriers are at the mercy of the distribution center and I’m sure they are not happy with the center or having to work on Sunday. Many of us appreciate what you carriers are trying to do. We just wish it was easier for you to get our meds and time-sensitive mail to us on time.
I found out yesterday the post office wasn’t delivering mail in St. George’s Hundred or in Williamsburg or wherever. But all I can say is, “What’s new?” Sometimes we get the mail and sometimes we don’t. So — not delivering the mail — at least they told us we’re not getting it.
So many complaints, so many mail issues. I doubt main-site location managers are always to blame. They are all overworked. Our USPS has been losing money for years. The competition is immense. And the government moves slowly. What does the USPS contract with Amazon add to our carriers? Do we know how much Amazon has expanded to be the leader in online shopping and delivery? Have extra mail carriers been added to assist with this load? How’s training? How’s equipment to handle it? To even try to make any profit, stamps go up 5 cents in January. UPS has allowed its delivery people to throw boxes up on the lawns. they’re on tight schedules and deliver into the night. So much pressure on the employees. So many complaints, so many mail issues.
I’ve been tracking a package that I’m waiting for. It was accepted at the Williamsburg Post Office at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3. The next post says it arrived at the post office at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3. The third post said it arrived at the Williamsburg facility at 3:57 a.m. Dec. 4. I can’t figure this out. Can someone explain this?
Sometimes when I try to call a missed call back on my cellphone, I get someone who claims they never called me. What is up with that? The number is right there in my missed call list. Hey, Merry Christmas. Stop buying online.
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I’m 13 and looking for someone who can translate from English to French. I was sent a few questions for me to reply to from a magazine in France where they are doing an article on me. I want to make sure my replies are translated properly rather than using translation software.
Pewter angels are available at Uncle Russ's Seafood Market on Longhill Road Shopping Center for $28.
Is there an active chapter of the Libertarian Party in Williamsburg-James City County? If so, when and where does it meet? Please reply to the Last Word.
Are night driving glasses available locally in stores or by opticians? I need them and always leery of buying online from a company I don’t know. The ad on TownHall site describes yellow-tinted glasses at a reasonable price. I wish our local stores would stock them. Older drivers have problems with glare at night, and we have lots of older drivers.
Can someone recommend a company to clean dryer vents? Thank you.
Do you know of anyone who is or will be discarding their artificial wreaths, decorative greens, Christmas trees, etc.? I’m doing an outdoor winter project and am looking for artificial trees and wreaths and the type of stuff that you use to wrap your railings and porch posts. I’ll happily pick it up from around Williamsburg. Please call Garry at 633-0964.
To the person asking about AT&T cellphone service reliability: I moved here from the West Coast, arriving with AT&T. I get excellent service inside and out.
This is a follow up to a previous comment about parking lot lanes being two way. In the parking lot lanes in front of Publix as well as the other stores, there is a fire lane well marked with yellow stripes. These do not mean you can't use this area to drive. It means you can't park there. So, don't think you have to squeeze your car to the left of that lane to drive through. You end up in the middle of the road and block others coming from the opposite direction.
James City County and the Virginia Department of Transportation need to fix the problem with traffic backing up and creating a situation headed toward Richmond Road, where it takes multiple light cycles to be able to get through from Mooretown Road to Richmond Road. At a minimum, create a block long right turn lane so that that portion of the traffic keeps moving.
Someone recently commented about the light at Watford and Ironbound roads. I, too, find the timing of the lights to be off. When I moved into New Town in June, the stoplight was being installed. Traffic was not a problem, probably due to the time of year. Now I frequently have to wait an excessive amount of time to make left turns either from Watford onto Ironbound or from Ironbound onto Watford. Many times, I have been the only car at the intersection and have had to wait for the light to cycle through straight traffic on Ironbound, turning traffic on Watford before I get an advanced green to make a left turn! It would be terrific if the county which has the responsibility for that intersection to consider a blinking yellow light which allows left hand turns with caution like those installed on Monticello Avenue.
We live in America, with American laws which if you break them go to jail. As far as having only 30 minutes to visit a jailed family member, I’m sorry, but the offender should have thought of their family prior to breaking the law. The commenter who suggested that the writer should “shut up,” I’m sure will be the next to go to jail for more than 30 minutes.
I couldn’t agree more with the use of medical patient portals, as I too have had the same frustration. When government decides to over regulate any industry. the result is inefficiency. The Unaffordable Care Act is a worst case example of government over reach into our personal lives and look how that turned out.
I contacted Cox technical service and inquired concerning the simultaneous ring feature needed for Nomorobo service. I was told that the feature is slowly being made available on a community-to-community basis. The only way to know when it is available for you is to bring up Cox phone settings on your computer and check to see if the feature is installed.
Check out lines
The person I saw scanning the week’s worth of groceries at the self check out was at Harris Teeter. The registers that have the cashiers — each lane has a huge screen so you can easily see what you’re being charged and question it if there’s a problem, right then and there. You can also take your own bags and have them bagged exactly like you want them. So please save the self check out line for those of us that only have a few items and need it. Thank you.
Here’s a grateful shout-out to the pharmacists and staff at Walmart Pharmacy located on Casey Boulevard. Our family started using them as a pharmacy of convenience because of their location but that has now changed. Their constant friendly, professional manner has made them our pharmacy of choice. Always a smile and a friendly word, taking the time to explain every question we come up with. Thanks to you all for all you do.
Just found the best kept secret in Williamsburg. Revolution Golf and Grille has fresh flower classes every month from Fairfield Flowers out of Virginia Beach. The arrangements are beautiful and the cost is reasonable. It is the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; if interested, you have to call Fairfield at 757-474-1500. Come and have fun on Dec. 18 – and meet some fun people.
So happy to have discovered Magnolia Home Paint at ACE Hardware on Monticello! Joanna Gaines developed a palette of timeless colors which takes the guesswork out of choosing what to put on your walls. I love her show and I am thrilled I can buy her paint here in Williamsburg. Thank you, ACE.
When the years made it so that I couldn't reach my feet to trim my own toenails, my podiatrist recommended a licensed pedicurist that he himself had trained. She is Bonnie Strongman, 757-771-2867, here in Williamsburg. She isn't cheap, but after each of her regular visits to my home my feet and toenails are in wonderful shape. Highly recommended.
After reading several times in the Last Word about people using Affordable Tree Services and recommending them. I decided to contact Jerry Carter (owner) and give his company a shot. I am more than happy I did. Jerry came out and gave me an estimate I could not turn down. He got the job done and we are more than pleased with the work he did. He’s a wonderful young man. Happy holidays to you and your crew and family, Jerry. He can be reached at 757-755-0446.
I don't know how they do it but over our 12 years of living in JCC, every time I contact the staff for assistance on an issue, they couldn't be any friendlier and responsive. Thank you. You are appreciated.
Up in Washington
To the commenter calling President Trump “the master of short term wins”: More money in my pocket, a job and a robust stock market, I’ll take. President Obama had eight years in office with no wins. His only legacy is the NON-Affordable Care Act.
To the person who stated that Trump takes no salary and works for free: I’d like to refer him or her to the tens of millions of dollars a year in tax cuts he received by pushing a so-called middle class tax bill. Also, he makes money by not taking his salary, since he says he is donating it to charity, thereby taking a sizable tax deduction. He could just ask the government to keep the money, thereby truly saving taxpayer dollars.
Israel’s Prime Minister should give Chuck Schumer a call and remind him that Israel had to build a wall to keep the unwanted out. We need to do the same; walls work.
Someone certainly has their facts mixed up when claiming that there is no room in jail for Republicans because the jails are full of Democrats. How many congressional Democrats or 2016 Democratic campaign officials have been fired, forced out of office, jailed or indicted since Trump took office? Conversely, how many congressional Republicans or 2016 campaign officials, cabinet members, White House officials have been fired, forced out of office, jailed or indicted since Trump took office? So, when the special counsel's office completes his investigation, you can count on more Republicans making license plates.