Last Word on the winter storm, Dec. 12

Winter storm

I just want to thank the Dominion Power crews for putting the power back on as soon as they did. Thank you, Dominion Power.

As I sit here in the dark, again, and see that Williamsburg and James City have the highest number of outages in Dominion’s coverage, can anyone explain why? We pay the same rates and we apparently have the most fragile network in their system. Isn’t it possible to begin to bury the lines on some of the most-needed areas such as ours? Their concerns seem to lie outside our jurisdiction other than getting the power lines across the James River. This is a great example of how a monopoly lines the pockets of our representatives in the General Assembly to benefit the stockholders.

Kudos to Dominion Energy for restoring power as quickly as they did Sunday evening, which had to be accomplished under difficult conditions. Thank you!

Is Dominion “Non Energy” going to pay for the damage done to all my electric devices: three TVs, Cox boxes, surround-sound system, computer, wireless router, HomePods, HVAC system, fridge, stove, microwave, and all the time and energy we have to spend replacing, requesting reimbursement, waiting for the funds, etc.? Maybe we should just get a whole-home generator system installed and send Dominion “Non Energy” the bill for that. Five power outages, numerous flicking over two hours, and this isn’t even a hurricane! Poor performance.

Goodwin Square

The Goodwin Square plan was withdrawn last week — hallelujah! There is a brain in town. It was crazy! I agree with the person who said that they come down from out-of-town and look for the parking — we used to come down from out-of-town when we lived in Alexandria. You need the parking. You want people coming from out-of-town. Nobody cares about the big screen — that’s insane. And nobody needs the water park — that’s just tasteless and tacky. I am so grateful that they have withdrawn it. That’s the best Christmas present ever.

Whoever at CW decided to withdraw the bizarre plan to raze needed, always busy parking spots for yet more benches in a bench-heavy town, thank you for the common sense action! We attended three wonderful music events this weekend and had no luck getting parking in the venue lots, even though we arrived early. At all three events, people were still streaming in after start time. We wonder if our city council members ever attend in-town music programs? We doubt it because they wouldn’t say give up needed parking for more play area! Look at the wide stretch of car-free Duke of Gloucester where the shops and restaurants are! Plenty of room for more benches! If parents want their children to have green play space, Palace Green and Library Green are open and beautiful! And as has been proposed over the years, put more tables and chairs along that carless stretch so people could enjoy meals, snacks, people watching in between shopping stints! Really, residents and visitors have to wonder if the decision-makers ever walk, shop or dine in town! And don’t get us started on the now in-print plan to end parking at P6!

Transgender issue

Seems that the politically correct militants have invaded West Point schools. Is there no intelligent person in that school district who could sit the two sides down for a compromise? First, you don't let one student hold you captive over a personal preference. In schools, you are what the official records say you are. Unless legally changed, the name or gender is on the record. The teacher is just as much to blame, for being totally inflexible. If you are that way, you really should not be working with young people. The fear of lawsuits by the board gives every student and or teacher the ability to force changes according to their whims and fad fantasies. Fire the board and get some leadership.

The termination of Peter Vlaming, a French teacher, by the West Point School Board over his choice not to use a pronoun concerning a student who recently decided she was now a he is ridiculous, a travesty and an outrage. That this happened three weeks before Christmas for a teacher with a family of four children and his wife is unconscionable. If you would like to help, there is a Gofundme page that has been established. Or write to the West Point School Board and voice your disappointment with their disgraceful decision.

Looking for …

Does anyone know the name of the beautiful flowering shrubbery on 199 in Williamsburg? It’s blooming now. Thank you.

In response to the person looking for night driving glasses, I ordered a pair online at the Walmart website, and I saw them in the optical department at the store on Rochambeau.

Poor attendance

On Saturday we had the fantastic experience of listening to Don Irwin at the piano. He was wonderful. Unfortunately, the attendance was so poor that Don, observing the low turnout, mentioned his observation prior to the intermission. He stated that in past years the theater was far more crowded. My question is, why didn’t W&M do a better job advertising the program.? Example: thousands of folks attend the CWA program. There are so many ways to communicate. W&M let us down, possibly discouraging performers like Don from returning.

Christmas Town train

Now that they have made the train at Christmas Town an attraction and wait times to get on up to 49 minutes, it is not a means of transportation for those of us who are handicapped and can’t walk the whole loop of the park. It is too expensive to rent an electric scooter, and last year one night they were sold out of them. If it is too windy, the skyride does not operate so I guess we won’t be able to go this year unless we only want to go to the England section!

More info, please

Please, jazz blues festival organizers, please list what music is when and where! We read the recent email twice, clicked for “tickets,” expecting that would provide specific information of the individual events’ times, locations and prices. Nope. It was a repeat of the initial email, with no specifics at all. We like jazz and would like to have information about tickets for the jazz festival. Will we ever get details?

Keeping Christmas

I really liked what a recent commenter had to say about remembering the birth of the baby Jesus in Christmas. That was a great statement. As a matter of fact, I am one of the few people, according to my grandmother, who does their shopping all year and before Thanksgiving, my Christmas shopping is done. This year, I even have my taxes mailed and my Christmas cards went out the day before Thanksgiving. Why? So I can enjoy Advent and the await the birth of Jesus Christ. It allows me to relish those days before we celebrate His birthday. So, thank you for making that comment about turning our attention away from all the hubbub. Merry Christmas.

Look overseas

We hope the far left sees what’s happening in China’s, Britain’s and France’s economy and many other socialist or semi-socialist countries. The United States’ economy is strong because we are a capitalistic society. When the citizens of any country want free social services, the money has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is taxes. Me, I’d rather decide for myself what my needs are and pay for them accordingly. The far left Democratic Party has no place in America.

Recommended

I needed some upholstery work done, and someone recommended Ron Davis of Kirstyn Upholstery. He makes slipcovers, he also does drapes, boat awnings — he does a lot of work. He did an awesome job. I won’t ever have to replace my furniture, all I have to do is just put those slipcovers over it, wash them and everything looks great. What a great job! That’s Ron Davis of Kirstyn Upholstery, 757-345-1929. Thank you.

Speedy delivery

No mail on Wednesday, so they tell me. Well, I realize that we didn’t get any mail Thursday either, so what difference does it make?

The USPS Informed Delivery website message should be changed to "Coming to Your Mailbox Sooner or Later.”

Stein Mart (12/7-8) and Great Clips coupons (12/2) arrived Saturday 12/8 after 5 p.m. — useless. Letters from Williamsburg to Richmond are still not delivered after 12 days. There is no alternative to a horribly broken mail service. USPS staff from top to bottom takes regular beatings from customers and the cost of stamps goes up, yet nothing changes. Is there an alternative? For profit and not-for profit bulk mail advertising budget dollars don’t benefit the vendors but rather the printers, mail houses and USPS. Timely disposition of such just doesn’t happen and there is no recourse. Wonder if I am just wasting my time sending Christmas cards via snail mail?

Thank you

In 1976, we lost our 18-year-old daughter in an automobile accident. Through the years we, her parents and brothers, have loved and missed her, but we assumed she had been long forgotten by the rest of our community. Shortly after her 60th birthday, we went to visit her grave again and to our great surprise, we discovered that someone or ones had left flowers and a gold-covered stone at the foot of her gravestone. You can't imagine how much we were taken back and how much it meant to us to know that at least someone beside her family still remembers and loves her. Thanks and God bless you.

Up in Washington

President Trump, the market has dropped another 700 points, Thursday, Dec. 6. When the market went up, you went out in the rose garden and took credit for it. So get yourself out there and take credit for the fall.

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