Last Word on Voter ID law, Jan. 23

Voter ID

As a minority, I have always felt it was an insult to say that we would be disenfranchised to require ID to vote. To me, the message is: if you’re a minority, you’re too stupid to know how to get voter ID. You have to have ID for a doctor’s appointment, for a prescription, to travel, to rent an apartment, to cash a check, to buy cigarettes, to buy alcohol. I just think it is such an insult to say that minorities are hurt by having to have ID. We are not stupid people. You have to have ID to apply for many jobs. So why would voting be any more difficult? It just needs to stop. You’re feeling guilty about the past and you don’t need to; There’s no one alive today who enslaved anyone, but at the rate you’re going, you are enslaving minorities again by thinking you’re the only ones that know what we’re capable of. Thank you.

In response to the comments about Gov. Northam’s proposal to eliminate the photo ID requirement, I’d like to remind readers that the incidence of voter fraud is so minimal that it can hardly be documented. The real problem is election fraud, which occurs primarily with mail-in ballots. Photo IDs will do nothing to address election fraud.

Sales tax

I find it very interesting to read the various articles in the Gazette concerning the spending of the tax monies. Usually, a public need is identified and a tax plan is formulated to fund this need. In this case (Tommy Tax) a tax is formulated and the need still defies cohesion and the people tasked with spending the citizens’ money flounder. I only hope the people who complained concerning this tax will remember during elections.

Looking for …

Someone was asking where to take classes on how to use their iPhone. The Williamsburg Regional Library offers classes often for iPads, etc. I bet if you gave them a call, they just might expand it to iPhones.

If you’re looking for the perfect wire repairman, who is dependable, reliable and most of all, honest, his name is Rick from RJ Services. Call him at 804-829-9119.

Last Tuesday, I lost my grandma’s wedding ring in the ladies’ bathroom at Target Monticello. I am praying that a kind soul found it and finds it in her heart to return this priceless, sentimental ring. I am offering a reward and can be reached at 757-603-0373.

Brunswick Stew

To the person who inquired about the Lions Club Brunswick Stew Sale: The sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 in front of the Dominion Energy Office on Ironbound Road. A limited number will be available to purchase that morning but you can call 757-870-7265 to reserve your quart(s). All proceeds from the sale will be used to support Lions Club charity programs to include, but not limited to, sight, hearing, diabetes, youth and environmental programs.

Dog attacks

I’m happy to see Sen. Norment, Del. Pogge and Supervisor Sadler finally address someone’s concerns about vicious dog attacks. I reported three such incidents in our neighborhood. I wrote all three and received no response. I had two animals maimed, one other lost its tail from the attack, and only lip service from the elected officials of the county. We have seen one of these dogs’ owners that kept acquiring new dogs, and in three cases all were involved in attacks, yet he continues to be allowed to purchase more animals, Pit Bulls at that. We asked for help in our modest neighborhood, but we received none. I’m happy to see the gated communities getting attention on this matter, and I mean that, just wish we were as important.

Old folks home

An old folks’ home should be a place where the comfort, safety and welfare of its residents are maintained. It should only hire employees who have the empathy to be kind and helpful. It should have enough well-trained and supervised nurses to care for all the residents when they call for help. It should have only employees who follow the correct use of rubber gloves. An old folks’ home should schedule enough employees to care for the residents seven days of the week. It should schedule enough employees to clean all public areas before the residents rise every morning. It should have only authorized food handlers preparing and protecting the food. No one should be allowed in the kitchen except for authorized personnel. It should have doors to the kitchen that automatically open for entrance and exit. An old folks’ home should be a place free from all types of abuse.

Road worries

Something all drivers need to be aware of and remember: When you turn your windshield wipers on, you need to make sure you have lights on, if it’s raining. It’s the law.

Wall / shutdown

In response to the person thinking the the wall would be 25 percent more expensive due to tariffs: Please note that tariffs are on imported steel. Our good old U.S. steel is priced competitively and now, due to plant openings, there is plenty to apply to the wall. Good business. Good jobs at both ends. Since the Democrats are running out of ways to criticize the wall as currently discussed, they are falling back on the president’s pledge to "make Mexico pay for the wall." The purpose of the wall is to keep illegal migrants from coming into the U.S. to request asylum and making them go through the asylum process before entering the U.S. Are you aware that this administration has gotten Mexico to agree to be responsible for the migrants on their side of the border rather than just passing them through, saying it’s not their problem? Huge success on the part of this administration and yes, it’s costing Mexico plenty. See this in any of the mainstream media?

One of the sacred obligations of a military commander is to take care of his soldiers and all that implies. That is one of the key ways a leader earns the respect and support of those soldiers to lead them to accomplish difficult and dangerous military tasks. The U.S. Coast Guard is one of our military services. During peacetime, it comes under the Department of Homeland Security. They are not getting paid! Many junior enlisted “coasties” get little pay as it is. They have no bank accounts to tide them over. Our president, who appears to like to parade and be saluted as the military Commander-in-Chief, is not doing his sacred duty to take care of those military Coast Guard personnel who are protecting our shorelines and capturing drug smugglers while putting their lives on the line. They cannot quit like civilian personnel can if they get totally fed up with the abuse. President Trump, reopen the federal government now so those military will be paid, or give up your authority to command them.

If building a wall is so important to the Republicans and to Donald Trump, why didn’t they put up funding for the wall when the House and the Senate and the presidency were all under the control of Republicans? Now that the Democrats control the House, the Republicans suddenly want the Democrats to fund it. The Democrats have never agreed that they would. I just don’t understand why the Republicans can’t run the government themselves when they’re in charge.

In order to look at the border wall in a positive light, the selling of it to the Democrats in Congress as a guaranteed full employment act for lawyers might make the pill go down a bit easier. With thousands of landowners objecting to their land being grabbed, each and every one will need a team of lawyers to sue. Each piece of property will have to get an environmental study done which means many more suits and more lawyers. I do not think there are enough judges in the state of Texas to handle the flood of cases. Let the suing begin.

Regarding the Trump shutdown – when exactly did this national emergency occur? I don’t recall any problem even months ago when the caravans were going to invade the southern border – was there a national emergency then? No. Now, all of a sudden there is an emergency? Another Trump bit of fake news, Trump-style.

I do not support the building of a 5.6 billion dollar wall on our southern border, but I can listen to and respect those who think it’s a good idea. Hopefully, members of Congress will be able to agree on a compromise, which is how most legislation has always been passed. The problem is that we have a president who pulled out of a possible compromise and now thinks he can bully his way into getting what he wants. His “my way or the highway” approach is at best immature and unrealistic and at worst dangerous and damaging to American lives and institutions. Surely Republicans who support him can see this and can urge him to take a more reasonable path. Only his supporters can convince him to change his current strategy, although I’m not convinced he’s willing to listen to anyone but himself.

Just wondering

Can some of the tourism dollars be given to Culture Fix to resurrect First Night? It was a wonderful event and even if volunteers can no longer carry it, it should be part of the events that draw visitors and locals!

Speedy delivery!

Finally, I’m able to praise the U.S. Postal Service. We live in Colonial Heritage and recently our mail delivery has improved by 100 percent. I don’t know if it’s our driver or some local management change, but whatever it is, it’s working.

Living wage

In regard to "Good Jobs" run on Jan. 12: The living wage for the Williamsburg area for one adult (supporting only herself or himself) working 2080 hours a year is $13.47 per hour, or $28,017.60 per year, according to the MIT living wage tables. In regard to definitions of "employment," the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines an employed person as one who did any work at all for pay or profit during the survey reference week. Meaningful discussions of employment require an understanding of what the figures mean in real life.

The only jobs the Democrats are interested in are those that pay minimum wage and they want it raised to $15 a hour. Democrats don’t understand the theory of advancement through technical learning to obtain better pay.

Quite a find

I recently had a surprising find at the Kingsmill shops on Rt. 60, across from McLaws Circle Park: Haus Tirol-Stitching Well. The spacious shop is filled with museum-quality, beautifully framed needlework, which the owner Lydia and her daughter have created over the years. Plus, she sells needlework kits, and all of the supplies necessary for stitchery work, and I am sure she could help those wanting to learn. This is becoming a lost art in these times when the focus is on electronic social media. I highly recommend a visit to this well-kept secret, for the young, mature, and all genders.

Aussie stats

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures in 1990 showed a homicide rate of 1.8 /100,000 and in 2017 a rate of 1.1. Australian population grew from about 18 million to 23 million during this period. During the same period, the U.S. homicide rate was 9.4 /100,000 in 1990 and was 5.2 in 2017. The U.S. population grew from 249.62 million in 1990 to 329.10 in 2017. Now consider the differences in our nation’s demographics, our very different histories, our very different societies, the differences in consideration of individual freedoms. The U.S. has a Constitution and Bill of Rights that guarantee individual rights, Australia does not. Consider how we confront similar problems. Australia has a strict immigration policy and averages 5,000 illegal immigrants per year who are sequestered on an island pending adjudication with very basic necessities; the U.S. averages 60,000 per month released into the country.

Recommended

I called Khalid of We Fix Computers. He fixed my email, which had disappeared. He can be reached at 757-291-3663. Thank you.

Up in Washington

I will vote for anyone in 2020 who doesn't have a campaign manager that owes Russian gangsters $19 million.

To the reader who wanted to know if anyone could name a good thing about President Obama’s time in office: I can. He always conducted himself with dignity and grace and showed respect to other human beings during his time in that hallowed office. He was respected by most of the civilized world and never embarrassed us. He made us proud as Americans. We never had to be afraid of our children watching him as president. Finally, there are many who are grateful for Obamacare and the ability to have access to healthcare. I hope that answers the reader’s question. I am an 84-year-old white Republican.

I notice that the Republicans commenting in the Last Word have quit saying that the Trump administration has been keeping its promises. It not only did not deliver the better health care at a cheaper rate than Obamacare, but now they’re going to try and build the wall along our southern border, and they claim the Mexicans would pay for it. Well, obviously, the Mexicans are not going to pay for it and the Republicans want the U.S. taxpayers to pay for it. Two examples of promises not met.

In response to the person who said he couldn't think of anything Obama did: While this person was vacationing in Russia, the Dow tripled, more jobs were created in his last 20 months than Trump's first 20 months, GM is alive and bin Laden is dead, Iran halted its nuclear program and 22 million have affordable healthcare.

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