Last Word on property tax, May 2

Property tax

The James City County Board of Supervisors made a wise decision to take the proposed 2-cent real estate tax cut off the table. The pending sales tax increase of 1 percent is regressive and harms low-income citizens more than homeowners. Using part of the revenue to decrease the property tax would only compound the injury, making the least well off support those who are fortunate enough to own property.

Remember the Peanuts cartoon showing Lucy yanking the ball away just before Charlie Brown kicks it? Well that's what our JCC Board of Supervisors has done to the tax-paying citizens of James City County. Their actions are a classic example of the old "bait and switch" technique that politicians have used for years and years. Offer the gullible public a crumb to get their hopes up, then jerk it away at the last minute. Sue Sadler seems to be the only one who spoke in favor of sticking to the initial plan to impose a 2-cent real estate tax cut. We property owners could dearly use that savings and should give her our unyielding support. In addition, we should remember the board members who voted to forgo the property tax cut when election time rolls around.

School safety

Stopping school attacks requires immediate steps to protect our children — more school resource officers, better security monitoring at school entrances, identifying serious mental health issues and treatment, law enforcement failures, as well as students reporting suspicions they observe. Although China tightly restricts private gun ownership, school attacks also occur there, making knives and homemade explosives the most common weapons employed in violent crimes. Last week in a middle school in China, the student attacker killed seven and injured 12 with a knife. These tragedies need to focus on more than just the weapon used if we are serious about stopping this violence.

Looking for …

At the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra performance on Nov. 16, 2017, (I was sitting in Row E, Seat 109), I was wearing an antique crystal necklace and earrings that had belonged to my grandmother and are likely more than 100 years old. Unfortunately, I lost one of the earrings. I came back the next day to look but had no luck. The earring is a clip on with three hanging crystals. Reward offered. Thank you!

Does anyone know where the CHKD thrift store on Monticello Avenue moved to?

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg loans wheelchairs and other medical aids to all members of our community at no charge, whether needed only short term or for extended use. Call 253-1220.

Where has Hannah from Bubbles Salon gone? She is the only hairdresser in Williamsburg that I have found to be up on the latest trends for cuts and colors. Does anyone know where she is at? Thanks!

W&M direction

Wednesday’s comment about the College of William and Mary’s direction was right on target. Add students wearing idolizing T-shirts of Che’ Guevara and Charles Mason and in 2019, a homecoming transgender queen leading the parade ... what do we get? The College of WACKO & MY goodness!

After reading the blather from William and Mary about seat licenses for football, I suggest they spend some time putting a decent team on the field. The spring game results seem to indicate another long season ahead. The college may find that extorting money from people to buy seats to watch a mediocre team may be a losing proposition.

Bad business

I was in a local beauty salon recently that I was recommended to go to. There was a girl in there talking very unprofessionally and using foul language, so I asked one of the girls who she was, and the girl said she was the owner. All I can say is wow, and what an example you are setting. Even though the girl that did my hair did an excellent job, I will not be returning to your salon, thanks to you and your mouth.

Scholarship

I felt impelled to respond to the person so deeply concerned that a student from a "prestigious and expensive school" was receiving a scholarship from the Colonial Italian American Organization. I salute CIAO and all of our generous local organizations that offer scholarships to students from our community. My issue lies with the writer's presumption that a student who attends a private school is somehow less deserving of a scholarship. My husband and I send our children to a private school. We are not wildly wealthy, as the writer assumes. In fact, a private education for our children is a significant financial burden, but one we continue to make. The writer also uses the terms scholarship and grant interchangeably. But let's be clear: most scholarships are merit based while most grants are need based. Undoubtedly, the scholarship application requires financial informatio,n but the preponderance of the decision to award a scholarship should be on merit. My congratulations go out to the scholarship recipient and to CIAO for continuing to support our entire community.

In response to the recent Last Word comment criticizing the Colonial Italian American Organization for awarding a scholarship to a student from a private school; as a representative of CIAO, I would like to set the record straight. CIAO considers multiple factors in selecting a scholarship recipient, to include academic achievement, extracurricular achievements/citizenship and financial resources. Applications from all Williamsburg-area high school students, public, private and home-schooled, are considered. Each application is evaluated based upon the student’s individual situation and qualifications rather than the kind of school he or she attends.

Guns

I am sure the family and loved ones in Canada will feel consoled with your findings that guns kill more people than vehicles. Especially given the laws for vehicles and drivers are more strict. People with mental problems will kill with a gun, a truck and knives. The killer of four in the Waffle House in Tennessee used a rifle that was taken away from him by the law and given back to him by his father and it was known he had mental problems. Yup, guns kill, trucks and cars kill and even knives kill and not people?

Still running

My Toyota is not worn out at 300,000 miles. Prior to this, I had an Isuzu for almost 800,000 miles before I decided the body was too beat up to keep running it. I’m going to run this Toyota until it rots out from under me.

Gas prices

The individual that commented about rising gas prices being the fault of our president needs to get their facts straight. Gas prices have been on the rise during the past several months due to consumer demand reaching all-time highs.

I was a little amused by someone's comment concerning the price of a gallon of gas. As usual, it was being blamed on Trump. This person left a lot of holes in their thought process. They were comparing the high cost of gas right up there with the cost of gas during the Bush administration. They seemed to have cleverly and intentionally forgotten about the Obama administration. The month Obama took office, the price for a gallon of gas was $1.85. Under Obama's watch it increased by 112 percent for a cost of slightly above the $4 mark. It also hovered at that price for parts of 2012 and again in 2013. I am assuming, in all fairness, that this commentator also complained about Obama and the rising cost of gas and blaming it all on him.

Road worries

I’m calling in reference to the person who commented about people doing 75 in a 55. I might remind you — you should be concentrating on your own driving instead of clocking everyone else’s speed. I don’t know where you get off appointing yourself a civilian cop, but that is why the right lane is available for your use instead of puttering along at 50 miles an hour in the left lane and causing a traffic problem, which is a safety issue because you are impeding forward traffic. Concentrate on your own driving and move over to the right lane if you are that unskilled that you have to complain about everyone else’s driving. The speed zone, I might add, is 70 miles an hour in that section after the work zone.

Comey

Is James Comey unethical or a fool? It’s not surprising that the College of William and Mary wanted James Comey to teach ethical leadership. Bending the rules or even breaking the law is ethical. It serves the higher moral good. No doubt colleges nowadays share those values. Hiring the unethical Comey to teach “Ethical Leadership” would be seen as the correct and moral thing to do. That’s a pretty sad statement on the condition of ethics in our world nowadays.

What could Comey possibly say at a town hall at W&M when all he says is, “I don’t recall” and “I don’t know”?

Recommended

I just want to say that LaVonne at Sheer Creations, professional hair stylist at McLaws Circle, is an awesome hair stylist. She’s cut my hair many times. I’ve always been pleased. Thank you. They’re at 220 McLaws Circle, 229-3200.

Trader Joe’s is the most wonderful grocery store we have here. The other stores come and go, but none will ever rival them. They thank the customers in every way they can. If you go in there and you have had a recent death of a pet or you’re upset about anything, first thing you know, they’re handing you a bouquet of flowers. And they have wonderful items you can buy, which explains why there’s a steady stream of traffic in and out of that store every time I go. Thank you.

More gambling

Has anyone studied the problems emanating from local gambling? Years ago, I heard a South Dakota senator on the radio begging people to vote against spreading legal gambling. It was a shock to hear his obvious distress, as S.D. has gambling. He had seen the costly aftermath of the damage to people, families and communities when gambling comes in. Gambling can become addictive to many people — they give up their own money, family members’ money and the rest of us end up paying for them to live. Why? Unless gambling is limited to "mad money" that a person feels able to lose with impunity, let's not create a new group of dependent friends, neighbors and visitors.

Panhandling

To the commenter that said, “What is $5 to you?”: I don’t know about you, but $5 means a lot to me, as I had to work to earn it.

I find panhandlers sickening when they use animals to garner sympathy. Throughout my travels to many countries, I found the use of animals to get handouts is common practice. The animal that is supposed to be a trusted companion counts on being treated humanely, instead is abused by being subjected to adverse weather conditions and general poor care.

Up in Washington

"Donald J. Trump has played more rounds of golf in the past 15 months than the previous five presidents played combined in their 36 years in the White House." The other side of the story is that Trump has also done more to get North Korea where they are right now than the previous five presidents combined in their combined 36 years in the White House.

To the commenter who wrote in about President Trump playing more golf than the previous five presidents: While he’s playing golf, he’s still working, accomplishing much whereas the other presidents did little. President Trump works more hours than any president in history.

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