Last Word on views on student voting, Sept. 12

Commenters contend W&M students aren't really local residents.

Student voters

I’m calling in response to the student voters. I really believe that if a student is not a resident of the area, they should not be allowed to vote in local elections. The parents, after all, are still claiming them as dependents in the state that they came from, so you can’t have it both ways. They actually could request an absentee ballot from the home state but, you know, how many of these students are voting in their home state as well as where they’re going to college? I don’t think that’s right. You know, if you’re not living here. It’s not the same as a snow bird, you know. The snow bird probably isn’t claiming residency where they’re at during that time in the winter. So I think that’s why you really need to watch voter registration.

The students living on campus at William and Mary should not be voting in local elections. Why? Because the campus is state owned and not under the jurisdictions of the ordinances of the city of Williamsburg. The students, be they in-state or out-of-state students, have the same relationship to Williamsburg as do the residents of James City County and York County. They are all adjacent to Williamsburg and come under Williamsburg’s laws only while in the city of Williamsburg. The laws have no effect on the students when they are living on campus. Students pay sales tax, as do any other visitors who come to Williamsburg. Students should not have the power to tell the citizens of Williamsburg how to run their city government.

Second amendment

I've followed the 2nd Amendment debate for a decade.  I did some research, read the Bill of Rights, and reviewed scholarly analyses of its origin.  I recommend this to all.  What I found is:  Our boy Jim Madison, an anti-centrist, thought the original constitution did not properly protect citizens from the power of the central government.  Jim proposed 18 amendments to protect us from central government intrusion. The congress approved 12, the states authorized 10 changes.  This tells me the best minds of the day, thousands of them at various levels of government, thoroughly reviewed and discussed these proposed changes to the constitution, over an extended period of time, approving 10, and rejecting 8.  It's telling that the gun amendment was 2nd, following the critical 1st amendment.  Meanwhile 18th century feds retained the right to enter homes, inspect and inventory weapons and ammunition, and require citizens to practice and be proficient in their use.  So inspection, registration, inventory are not an unconstitutional invasion of citizen's rights in my opinion.  But the opinion that in the 21st century we don't maintain a militia therefore we shouldn't have the right to "keep and bear arms" is not supported by my research.

Left turns

There is a “no turn on red” sign at the exit out of Lightfoot Marketplace (Harris Teeter) onto Richmond Road for our safety and it does not need to be removed!  Lightfoot Road is coming straight at you from across the street making left hand turns, cars could potentially be making a legal U-turn from traveling westbound on Richmond Road, and traffic traveling eastbound on Richmond Road potentially could be merging into the turn lane to make a right onto Centerville Road.  VDOT, JCC and the developer have a legitimate reason for it to be there.  Be patient and become more aware of your surroundings!  Everyone’s safety depends upon it!

 

Presidential politics

Yes, I’m very disgusted and disappointed with the press. When Donald Trump went to Detroit to meet with the black ministers, all the press reported on was the bad protests outside. They didn’t talk about the good things that he did. He got a standing ovation, he read Scripture from the podium, he danced when they were singing and he presented himself as presidential. So, I hope the Last Word will publish this, to get the word out, that Donald Trump is trying to be a uniter, not a divider like we have in office today. Thank you.

Kudos to the Richmond Times-Dispatch for endorsing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president. Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, is a good decent man running on a good decent platform. Unlike the other two candidates, he has executive experience. He presently polls 12% and needs 15% to be in the debates. Johnson is the smart choice for America.

It would be wonderful if Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein could come to Williamsburg, the seat of democracy, for a campaign stop. It is not always possible to haul out to Virginia Beach. And maybe these four folks could debate Thomas Jefferson, wouldn't that be fun!

About the comments regarding the President taking vacation. You mention that the President pays for his family expenses but fail to mention that the President's salary is paid by the taxpayers. He is not required to use his personal funds. All government employees are paid for by the taxpayers from the President on down! Regardless, the President definitely deserves time off.

As President, Donald Trump promises that he would give the nation more ships and more submarines, create more Marines and generally enlarge the US military. However, he hasn’t indicated how he’s going to pay for it. I think he’ll pay for it the same way that Ronald Reagan and little George Bush paid for it. They’ll put it on the American credit card known as the national debt.

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