Last Word on holiday spirit, Dec. 29

Holiday spirit

WMBG radio, the Granger family, James Cameron, Mr. C, Robert Hodge and all the wonderful spinners of the best Christmas music. I think this season has been the very best traditional music sung and played as it was written and sung by great artists. Please don’t change. Those of us born and raised here and still call it home love it. Play on! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you.

You must go to Doraldo’s Italian Restaurant in the Village Shops to see nonstop decorations in the entire restaurant. They’ve thought of everything, including a sleigh on the roof. A must see!

You haven’t experienced a residential light show if you haven’t seen the home on Jackson Drive, complete with helicopter on the roof. Fantastic!

It had been a family tradition for many years, kids returned home from college or on leave, to gather at the courthouse steps on Christmas Eve to listen to watch the tree lighting and sing “Silent Night.” All that changed last year when Colonial Williamsburg moved it to several days before on a weekday. Very disappointing that they elected not to maintain this traditional Christmas Eve event. Anyone venture to guess what prompted the change?

On Sunday night we went to Busch Gardens to see Christmas Town, a group of about 23 friends and family. It was very crowded, but what was delightful is when we finally got to the Christmas train, the lights were beautiful and the conductor helped my mother-in-law, who’s very old, onto the train. What was nice though, was that the conductor later found when the train was having problems and stopped, put into singing two songs. I’d like to thank him. I found out his name was Charles. It’s so nice that Busch Gardens hired such a nice person and a delight that they had him singing on the train also. Thank you.

My daughter is in town for Christmas. She asked me at 3 p.m. if I could pick up a gift certificate to Jimmy's in Norge for her aunt for Christmas. I called Jimmy's and though a very pleasant young lady answered the phone, they were closed and had been for an hour. I said something about having wanted to buy a gift certificate and she asked me to hold on. These good people let me dash over and pay for a certificate for my daughter to put in a card for her aunt. I've heard that Jimmy's does a lot of civic activity and looks after the community, and I love having meals there, and now, I have another reason to support them and enjoy their meals. Christmas Eve and they let me come in after they closed. Who does that kind of thing anymore? Thank you, Jimmy's!

The Social Seniors gave back to the community by adopting three Williamsburg families and providing/granting each families Christmas wishes. The group gathered and provided clothes, toys and nonperishable food for each family.

Boots need help

I have been in Virginia for eight years and I have never in my life had boots peel. My pleather (plastic leather) boots are peeling. Can someone tell me how to protect my boots? I’ve even seen the leather boots that I have are drying up. So if someone could give me a hint on protecting my boots, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

What a shot

Steve Roberts Jr. should be nominated for a Pulitzer for the photo on the front page of the Dec. 26, Virginia Gazette, depicting Alexes Venuti holding Jared Antle's hand to her throat. That photo speaks louder than words! You pick the adjective to describe the scene, but the photo says it all, intensely, without words. Pray for Jared's recovery and for more caregivers to take their jobs seriously with both their heart and skill. Thank you.

Road worries

Cyclists, bicyclists, you’re not in Las Vegas. Why are you rolling the dice here in Williamsburg? The first thing you’re going to do when you’re hit — you’re going to blame it on the driver. “He hit me!” My advice to each and every one of you: Get a reflector. Get a bicycle light, a jogging light. Get something. I don’t think it’s the driver’s fault. You need to look in the mirror.

When the sun goes down, joggers and bicyclists — you need to have a light or a reflector! Come on! And I hate to even say anything negative about our police department, but I’m pleading for them stop looking at blown-out tail lights and no license plate lights. Do something to the cyclists and the joggers. They are going to continue to get hit and the poor driver has to suffer. There’s no doubt.

Water service

Dominion Energy does sell repair insurance for water lines as well as sewer lines and appliances. You can buy the insurance from them and they will add the cost to your monthly energy bill. The repair servicing company was sold by Dominion and is now run by Home Serve. They recently paid a $6,800 bill for a complete water line replacement at my home.

Green space

Why can't you keep green space instead of building something? I prefer looking at a beautiful green space with trees and flowers rather than a building or a video screen. This detracts from the beauty of the area.

Looking for …

I’m a handicapped woman living in James City County, Grove area. I can’t seem to get a temporary or permanent ramp at my house. I had to call 911. They had to pick me up in a chair. They had to put me on a stretcher up here. I’m being told it will be two to three months before anybody could do anything. Can anybody help me find something faster? Thank you.

What ever happened to Sarah who used to sing at karaoke? If you’re still here, please come back! We miss you.

It is my understanding that there is a 24-hour veterinary service in Williamsburg. I would appreciate it if someone could call in and give us the address and phone number. Thank you. Editor’s note: we’ve posted before about The Animal Clinic and Wellness Center on Penniman Road, under the of Dr. Andrew MacDougal, at 757-253-0812.

Please help me find a way to get to doctor appointments and other necessary chores. I am elderly and disabled but not poor. I can pay for the service but want it to be safe and dependable. I have been referred to Faith in Action and called their intake number. I’m still waiting for a call back.

Just saw a license plate on the back of a dark grey car: “UBER SUX” — was it a disgruntled passenger? Driver ? Investor? Will the owner tell us the story? Curiosity reigns!

Can anyone provide a little motivation nudge for us to get at all the things we should do, need to do, MUST do before we are overcome by all the I want to dos instead of boring things I don’t want to do? ASAP, please!

I’m looking for Anna with the dry wood advertised in the Last Word. I seem to have lost your phone number and would still like to pick up the wood and would appreciate it if you would leave your phone number in the Last Word again and I will call you. Thank you.

It’s up to you

Boy or girl, male or female. I guess I’m just too old to either understand or accept young children who declare that their gender is incorrect. Girls want to be called boys and vice versa. My solution is very simple. When you reach the required legal age, just have the surgery. Go from male to female and vice versa. I really don’t care. I’m happy and proud with who and what I am, and so were my parents. Thank you.

Border wall

$17 million has been collected for the wall using gofundme. If they don’t meet their goal, of course, the money will be returned. But this thing is growing. The American people want the wall, and they’re putting pressure on the Democrats.

I’m sure that for less than a billion dollars ADT could put an electronic surveillance system along the U.S.-Mexico border that would notify the American authorities every time a mouse was trying to cross the border, but that wouldn’t leave the masculine symbol that a 30-foot tall line of steel spikes leaves.

Another child has died in custody of the U.S. border agents. Sadly this will become more frequent unless Congress intervenes and takes control of the situation.

Five years after 9/11 the wall comes up in Congress. The Democrats run to sign up for the wall. “Yes, we need national security. Yes, people have to go through points of entry. Yes, it’s for the security of the United States.” Schumer, Hillary, Pelosi said yes. Obama had no intention of funding it and Bush didn’t fund it. It’s 2018 and now we have a veteran, an honorable good man, who says, “Why don’t we do a Gofundme for the wall?” This wonderful young man has gotten death threats. You want to kill a veteran? And then we have the late-night-show people mocking him. Unbelievable.

We need borders for a country. Without borders, you have no country. Have to have borders! And you have to have laws and you have to have rules of law. Anyone can come in through points of entry. Nobody is stopping anyone from coming in through a point of entry. Nobody is stopping anyone from applying legally to come into this country.

In 1969, the United States Armed Forces could track NVA movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail acoustically. Today, from halfway around the world, you can observe anybody coming to the front door or back door of your house from your hand-held telephone. So why does the president of the United States need a physical barrier to track the movements of people coming across the U.S. border. Certainly there’s a smarter and easier and much more economical way of doing it.

A tiny tip

Got some useful information for you, or it might be good information. If you look at your gas gauge in your automobile, there’s a picture of a little gas tank. If you want to know what side you can put gas in your car, there’s a little arrow pointing left or right. Thank you.

A good read

The article by Dan Cristol that was printed on Dec. 22 was excellent. Thanks for keeping his column going.

The latest issue of The American Rifleman, the National Rifle Association’s premier magazine, contains an excellent article on gunsmithing and the gunsmiths of Colonial Williamsburg, and an associated article on Colonial Williamsburg’s musket range.

Too-loud ads

The people who would use the service of a lawyer needing to have obnoxious TV commercials are showing their intelligence. Obviously this lawyer can’t get business because he’s good at what he does for a living.

What changed?

I may be wrong — and I’m OK being wrong — but to the person talking about their Social Security check: I thought they were all direct deposit now. So, and as far as the adult in the White House, I am glad, not that the government is shut down, but I’m glad that someone is taking seriously the fact that we need protection in our country. I do not understand at all what part of illegal is OK? Since when is it OK for people to break the law? What has happened? And that people that aren’t citizens of this country (to this point, to this actual second in time) are treated better and are more important than people in this country already? Something has happened. I think maybe some of you need to go back, or if you haven’t read Orwell’s book, “1984,” and some of the things that were going on that he was predicting at the time. If you can help me understand why it’s OK to break the law, then I’m glad to hear the reasoning.

Nation’s report card

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress rated 37 percent of fourth-graders, 36 percent of eighth-graders and 37 percent of 12th-graders as “proficient” or “advanced” in reading and only 25 percent in math. Reading is the foundation without which math, science and education, social and economic attainment becomes unattainable. Employers, educators and the community need to join forces to insure all our graduates are career-ready in reading and math for starters.

Just to clarify

There are cubic feet, cubic yards and cubic meters, as well as regular and metric tons, but there’s no such thing as a cubic ton (“Coal ash ponds,” Dec. 26).

Forgotten respect

“Respect” is defined as due regard for rights, traditions, laws, wishes of others. Our present society lacks respect as defined and as seen in the disrespect for our flag, the office of the president of the United States, the laws of our country, etc. People sneak through our borders instead of going through the legal process as so many of our immigrants before them have and still do ... out of respect for the laws of so great a country. Disrespect is even prominent in our churches where the noise is sometimes deafening ... where there is a lack of respect even for God and his presence. It all stems from the basic lack of respect for every human life which extends to every area of life. What are the answers? Begin with self-respect and then extend that to others (individuals), nations, those in authority and most importantly to our creator and his presence seen in the goodness of every person and especially in his house of worship where silence should be golden. Respect!

2020 election

While the 2020 elections might seem like a long time in the future they are less than 23 months away. When all voters look to the candidate they will support they should take in account that the presidency is not an entry-level job.

Recommended

I want to take a minute to heap some praise on the kind and personable folks who work at Plaza Azteca. Week after week, all year long, my husband and I are greeted with a smile, service is quick but not rushed, and the food is always just what we were hungry for. Thank you and happy new year to all.

I highly recommend Tysinger Mercedes in Hampton for a hassle-free, totally satisfying experience in car buying. Wendy Stradford, my sales person, is part of a wonderful team that goes above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service. She and Harrison Judy, the technologist, answered all questions while demonstrating the vehicle's many features. The valet service that Tysinger's offers really sealed the deal for me!

The Last Word can really help you. I utilized the paper two weeks ago to call Ron Davis for upholstery repair, 345-1929. Not only did he pick up the furniture on Dec. 19 — a sofa, two chairs — he completely reupholstered and returned them the same day at a reasonable price. Highly recommend them and the Last Word.

Virginia ham

The question is not who carries Virginia ham. It might be easier to ask the Chinese if they still produce Virginia Smithfield ham.

Speedy delivery

Heaven help you if your USPS package is routed through Richmond Distribution Facility (Purgatory). I ordered an item that shipped from Seattle on Nov. 15. It arrived in Richmond on Nov. 16, and arrived in Norge on Dec. 3. It took one day from Seattle to Richmond (about 2,850 miles) and 18 days from Richmond to Norge (about 40 miles). My name and address were clearly marked and readable on the package.

The USPS has a service called "Be Informed." The purpose is to let you know what they won't be delivering today.

The financial problems of the USPS arise from several factors, including difficulty adjusting its business model to the current era of digital communications, growth of private parcel delivery services and yes, certain congressionally mandated requirements such as universal service to remote areas. The “pre-funding of future generations” myth should not be allowed to distract us from meaningful dialogue to address the USPS financial problems.

TV news

A writer once commented about how Republicans only watch Fox News. While that might be somewhat true, there is a good reason for it. All TV shows and especially talk shows feel that they have to push their liberal agenda on their audience. For instance, when was the last time a talk show had on a conservative Republican on their show? Also, if it’s a live audience, would they be civil if a conservative Republican was a guest? I doubt it. Democrats are always claiming their right to free speech; well, that right applies to all Americans.

Government shutdown

The government shutdown means thousands of federal employees will work without pay while 535 members of Congress are getting paid for what? When we the people who pay their salaries think about non-essential … Congress, based on their performance, fits that description, Term limits!

Thank you

Thank you to the Good Samaritan in Publix on Saturday, Dec. 22, who turned in a lost wallet. It was greatly appreciated. It is so comforting during the holiday season to know there are still so many good people out there. Best wishes to you in the new year.

A big thank you to Casa Pearl, the new restaurant on Merrimac Trail. Thank you for revitalizing an abandoned building that’s been an eyesore for years. I wish you all the best in your new business. Casa Pearl is at 722 Merrimac Trail, 208-0149.

Up in Washington

I am so thankful to hear that President Trump is taking the troops out of Syria. It’s about time. ISIS is defeated there, and we need to keep our troops in America, where they belong, unless we have to send them overseas. So thank God that they’ll be home for Christmas.

Secretary of the Interior Zinke rode to his office on the first day on a horse. Now he's leaving before the sheriff gets to town on Jan. 3.

Unlike most politicians, who make promises and never deliver, President Trump is beginning to deliver on his promise to bring our troops home.

The proposal from the White House to change the rules for eligibility for SNAP benefits is lacking a very important component! Since the proposal will require more work from those receiving these benefits the White House needs to roll out its touted infrastructure proposal so that the needed jobs will be there for those who need them.

The Redskins and Trump have one thing in common. They are both ending the year with fourth, third and second stringers on their teams.

Since I’ve been around, I have experienced all of the presidents from Franklin Roosevelt through Trump. I simply can’t imagine any of them sitting around in the White House over the holidays and sending out little messages telling everyone how mistreated and alone they are. Pitiful! Truman (the buck stops here), Eisenhower (led the D-day invasion), Reagan (stared down the Soviet Union). What a weak creature we have now!

The commenter using France as an example of failed socialism hit the nail on the head. I would go further in stating that our schools of higher education are preaching socialism over capitalism. Liberal professors are brainwashing students to their way of thinking, that everything should be free and not worked for. Stop tenure, reduce salaries and benefits of professors and see how they change their tune.

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