Last Word on Justice Scalia, March 2

The Virginia Gazette
Reader wonders why she can no longer see two doctors on same day.

Merrimac Center

What has happened to the Merrimac Center? I know a young man who went there years ago and came out a responsible person who actually wanted to go to school. He said he had to go to school or stay in his room so he went to school. He found out that he was smarter than he thought and felt he could handle the work at GHS. Recently a young man who was there was allowed to curse and refuse to do his school work and was not sent to his room. He could buy candy with coupons he got for not causing problems and some of the staff were assaulted by the kids. It's a shame that he did not have the same experience.

Unhelpful rules

What is Medicare doing to the elderly? If I go to a doctor's office to have a procedure, I can't cross the street and then see the doctor the same day. I have to go four days later and now they say I have to see that doctor four times a year. My asthma doctor wants me to have a breathing test and a walking test, but I can't have them the same day. I have to drive back in four days to be able to have the next test. Can't they make exceptions for patients, say, 80 and over? There are some that can't drive and have to find a ride. Exactly what is four days' difference going to make? Thanks.

Library parking

I am also in agreement with the person who had called in about the public library in Williamsburg, where there's very limited parking and it's especially hard for people who have infants or young children in strollers [and for] people in wheelchairs. You have such limited parking. What I don't understand is why the city didn't buy that medical building on Henry Street that's been sitting there for like two years. It seems to me that would have been a better effort to have located in there because they would have had offices.

Proper attire

To the former educator who felt compelled to criticize a local guidance counselor for demonstrating collegiate spirit by wearing a school jersey: Were you an educator in the 1950s, perhaps? Your suggestion that "slacks, a blouse or sweater and flats" would be more appropriate smacks of that era's conservatism and discrimination toward women's attire in the workplace. I particularly love that you suggested flats, as I'm guessing that you would disapprove of heels as well as sneakers. As a current WJCC educator, I applaud our counselors for the myriad ways they encourage and support our students during the stressful college application process, including their donning of spirit wear.

Well-done review

Having so enjoyed the beautiful, heart rending opera, "Romeo and Juliet," in Richmond this past Sunday, I was again moved by critic John Shulson's review of the performance. His descriptions are powerful and put me right back in the Carpenter Center enveloped with sight and sound -- and teary again. Thank you for such an empathetic reviewer who can so ably bring us the impact of outstanding performances. Thank you, Mr. Shulson!

Online shopping

To the reader who mentioned all the store closings: The biggest reason for the stores closing is not the economy. It is because so many people are shopping online. Nearly every store has on line ordering and on top of that there is Amazon, Overstock, and many, many other options. If you want to keep the stores from closing, shop at the local stores and give them the business. Shopping on line is up. so it's not about the economy.

TV reception

In 2001, we decided to cut the cable, due to rising cable costs and removal of our favorite local stations (Richmond). I installed a large antenna with a rotor in the attic, enabling us to pick up eighteen (18) stations from Tidewater and Richmond. In 2007, I replaced the large antenna with a small rotored antenna ($25 from EBay). We increased to twenty four (24) stations. When everything went digital, we installed a small digital antenna ($35 from EBay) . We now pull in forty (40) stations, some HD, very clear. The cost? $0. We did add Netflix for $8.99 a month, and our viewing is great!

Bullying

I am sorry that your child was severely bullied at school. I hope you and she will find some peace and resolution to your problem. But I am not sure the school administration is the right target to blame or to demand correction. There are a lot of things we as parents can do to help our children withstand the cruelty of other people, because they will be treated badly by someone at some point in their lives. It gets much worse in middle school. Kids need to know and believe in their core that your worth/self-esteem does not come from the outside, from other people. As young as possible, we should be teaching our kids how to be mentally strong and resilient. Administrators and teachers definitely make mistakes and can be more helpful, but you really cannot count on them. I've realized that building strong-minded children is mostly my job.

Book Exchange

Having read the Facebook page of the Book Exchange of Williamsburg, I am realizing that no information about re-opening, especially to those with large credits at the Book Exchange, is causing a lot of discontent and ill will. It is starting to remind a lot of people of the video store closing a number of years ago, shortly after a great many people had purchased a membership. Regular customers, predominantly exchangers, would like to hear something at least from the owners. It will certainly help in the future potential customer confidence.

Pool time

I find it ironic that even though it would only benefit a select few people, building an Olympic training pool is so important that it warranted front page news. Somehow our community isn't complete without such an extravagance; think of all those tourists! But building a new middle school is subject to endless debate and rehashing of costs.

Presidential politics

All of the Democratic and Republican political ruling class and media pundits should be glad that the citizens' revolt consists of votes for Trump and not pitchforks and torches.

The economy

If our economy is so great, as the administration says, why are we almost 19 trillion dollars in debt, with it escalating every single day? And why do they say there's not unemployment because these people can't find a job and they're living on food stamps and so forth, and that costs the taxpayers billions of dollars every year, paying out all this stuff. Also, we have no Social Security payments coming in when people are not working and paying into Social Security. And then we allow all these foreign countries to buy buildings, corporations in the United States, whereas if you go to China, I don't think you can buy a home or buy a company, or in North Korea or Russia or in parts of South America, but yet we're allowing them to buy so much of our country. So we really need to get someone in there that needs to get this debt down.

Assisted living

I have a friend who lives in an assisted living facility in Williamsburg. He gets everybody's attention when he yells and pounds his fist on the table and says, "I am not getting my money's worth in this place." This is his way to tell everybody that he is not a satisfied customer. He is not getting the attention that he thought he would receive when he moved there.

Supreme Court

Mitch McConnell should be careful what he wishes for, because in January 2017 when a newly elected Democratic president who has a majority in the U.S. Senate nominates someone for the Supreme Court, it could be President Obama, and Mitch McConnell would definitely not be happy with that.

Looking for ...

Can you Techies tell us how to stop our smart phones from re-editing our messages to emails we shouldn't/ don't want to/ didn't write? This is beyond ridiculous to have a dumb machine decide what we may have meant? Should say? Please, help us turn off that unwanted feature!

Is there a VDOT phone number to call when the payload of some truck deposited all those rocks on the on-ramp to 199 from Route 60? My car now has rock marks all over it, especially on the windshield.

My name is Karen Washington, 757-603-0899, and this is in response to the lady that wanted somebody to be willing to scrub on her knees to clean her houseā€”to get on her knees. Please call me. I'd be very interested in helping you.

To the person looking for an inexpensive yard man: Call one at 757-327-6497.

Does anybody in the community of James City County know where dump truck driver no.414 is? We would certainly like to find out. Thank you and have a good day.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this spring and are looking for dining recommendations, a special place for a special celebration. We are both vegetarians. Any suggestions?

Does anyone know how to get in touch with the woman who worked in the Q Tailor Shop? Thank you.

This is in reference to the person who was looking for a cleaning woman. This lady worked for me for 10 years and she is excellent. You can reach her at 784-3430. Her name is Nancy. Thank you.

Justice Scalia

I'm calling in response to the person who wrote in about Scalia's death. It was very difficult to read because of all the good things he did to save decency and family values. To put him down like "one of the worst pieces of legacy," I believe, I'm quoting, is just a tacky, bitter thing to say. I mean, if he's dead, she could be celebrating, but why in the world he or she would say that. I don't understand that kind of hatred. I guess she's another liberal. Thank you.

To the contributor that characterized Justice Scalia as "one of the worst pieces of the legacy of Ronald Reagan," your disdain for the Justice is palpable but your timing is poor and offensive. You show you had no respect for the man and used his passing to spit on his grave. Shame on you.

Justice Antonin Scalia was the son of a Sicilian-American father who embraced family values and promoted his son's education and love for learning. He was an outstanding student educated at Georgetown and Harvard Law. Scalia fathered nine children that produced 30 grandchildren and preserved the close family values of his parents. He loved the law and the Constitution he swore to uphold. He was a giant among the giants of the Supreme Court. The Court and the country will miss him.

In response to the comment about Justice Scalia's death being "one of the worst pieces of the legacy of Ronald Reagan," evil comments like yours are what's wrong with the country today and your comment is very offensive to me. Even though you may not agree with Justice Scalia, there is no excuse for rudeness or comments such is this.

In today's Last Word, I was very stewed about Justice Scalia's death article by a caller. I don't know how anyone could be so callous as to say that Justice Scalia was "one of the worst pieces of legacy of Ronald Reagan." And, of course, the caller should realize that Ronald Reagan was probably one of the best presidents we've ever had, and protected you and your nation. What have you done for pro-life, Mr. Caller? Obviously, I don't believe you've ever done anything for anybody but yourself. Have a good day.

Re: Last Word, Feb. 24: Justice Scalia's death. It is disheartening to read someone characterize another human being's life work as "one of the worst pieces" of anything. Is this what we've become? To whomever authored that, it is not okay to say that about anyone and you should be ashamed of yourself. We could all learn from Scalia himself, who exemplified civility while disagreeing.

Recommended

Thank you, Sandy at SOMA in the Prime Outlets. When I stopped by, I was hesitant about making a purchase, but I truly appreciate the straightforward customer service and help to get the right fit. Highly recommended to all women of a mature age!

Let's hope everyone who appreciates the complexities of and in America will go see the outstanding movie, "Race," the amazing story of track star/Gold Medal winner Jesse Owens and his Olympic triumph in Hitler's hate-filled Germany. It is a must see for history lovers/ government/political and social scientist students and teachers. In other words, everyone! Heart- warming and much to think about.

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