Not in Wil­liams­burg

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Joel, Wil­liams­burg: My com­ments have to do with the lo­cal news where you have said, “Publix open for busi­ness in Wil­liams­burg,” and of course that it re­ally wrong and in er­ror. That busi­ness is open in James City County. The busi­ness li­cense is from James City County. They pay taxes in James City County. The lo­ca­tion is James City County. The first re­spon­ders, if they need it — the fire and res­cue — would come from the James City County Fire Depart­ment. So it’s a bad er­ror to say this is in Wil­liams­burg. It’s nowhere close to Wil­liams­burg and has no con­nec­tion what­so­ever. The food stores we have in Wil­liams­burg are Food Lion, Har­ris Teeter and Aldi. We don’t have a Publix. We don’t have enough room. There’s only nine square miles. We only have 15,000 peo­ple once the stu­dents from The Col­lege of Wil­liam and Mary are added to our 7,000 res­i­dents. I re­ally think this is bad re­port­ing and not very good.

Ed­i­tor: I grew up in Florida, where cities were lo­cated in­side a county, and so it was a lit­tle eas­ier to tell where the bound­aries for com­mu­ni­ties be­gan. It’s a bit more dif­fi­cult in this com­mu­nity, un­less you’ve lived here for a while and un­der­stand those nu­ances. Not every­one knows them as well as you do, and clearly in this case, we missed the mark.

Thanks­giv­ing meal is $25 per per­son or $250 for a ta­ble of ten. Do­na­tions can be made by call­ing Ca­t­rina Jones at 757-788-0300.


2 in­jured in shoot­ing

Two Newport News men were in­jured in a shoot­ing in the 4700 block of Mar­shall Av­enue down­town around 4 p.m. Satur­day, a po­lice spokesman said.

The 39-year-old and 38-yearold were trans­ported to a lo­cal hospi­tal with in­juries that weren’t life-threat­en­ing, said Master Po­lice Of­fi­cer B.J. May­nard, a spokesman for Newport News Po­lice Depart­ment.

Po­lice do not have sus­pect in­for­ma­tion and are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing, May­nard said.

— Staff re­ports

Big num­bers

Who did your math on to­day’s head­line squib on “Sharp in­crease of vot­ers”? The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two fig­ures is 350,000 re­sult­ing in a dif­fer­ence of 0.00409 per­cent. Less than one per­cent? I came up with and then ver­i­fied the dif­fer­ence per­cent­age on my lap­top.

Some folks might think of 350,000 as a large num­ber, but as a per­cent­age it’s a dif­fer­ent story.

VDOT money

I caught the tail end of a news story on TV about VDOT com­plain­ing to some­body about not hav­ing enough money. They said they’re broke, in so many words. They don’t have enough money to fix the ex­ist­ing bridges and infrastructure and all that that goes — the pil­ings of sup­port, the deck­ing of the bridges for the bridge-tun­nels. Frank Wag­ner spoke up and said, “The money we have ap­pro­pri­ated is for new con­struc­tion, not old.” And it seemed like they cut the story off. It seemed like it had been a heated de­bate be­tween VDOT and Frank Wag­ner. All that said, if you re­mem­ber back in (McDon­nell’s ad­min­is­tra­tion), he did an au­dit of VDOT and found out they have loads of money. Why don’t we do an au­dit and see what they do have. I think that’s a very good story. Thank you for all you do.

Thanks for shar­ing, Den­nis. Will pass your thoughts along for story con­sid­er­a­tion.

Which city?

In Feed­back, you had an item about “a city coun­cil­man high­lights mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” and I can’t fig­ure out which city coun­cil you’re talk­ing about. We have sev­eral on the Penin­sula. Would you be more spe­cific?

The story on­line has a head­line that reads, “Newport News City Coun­cil high­lights mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion with School board over Hunt­ing­ton.” The sec­ond para­graph of the story states, “At Fri­day’s City Coun­cil fi­nan­cial re­treat, coun­cil mem­bers didn’t dig into whether they would ful­fill the School Board’s re­quest for $50 mil­lion to re­build the school, which closed in June. In­stead, mem­bers ex­pressed the need for bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with school of­fi­cials, as well as a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how city-ap­pro­pri­ated money is


Booze and bucks

I’d love to see a study to show the costs and in­come com­par­i­son be­tween state run ABC stores and pri­vate stores. I don’t know what Vir­ginia cur­rently makes from its stores or what it costs to keep up the build­ings and pay em­ploy­ees plus em­ployee ben­e­fits. I’d like to see how that com­pares to pri­va­tized sales where the state still gets the taxes from sales, but doesn’t have the ex­penses. I’d be will­ing to bet the con­sumer would win with lower prices for al­co­hol while the state gets about equal in­come.

Sounds like a story I’d read. I’ll pass it along.

A word about a cap­tion

Sub­ject: Kroger open­ing in York County, to­day’s pa­per, the 25th. Cap­tion un­der the pic­ture: “The store is lo­cated in­side what had pre­vi­ously been a Farm Fresh store. Wordy. Ver­bose. Re­dun­dant. “Had been” can get by with­out “pre­vi­ously.” Thanks. To­day’s Feed­back was com­piled by Marisa Porto, pub­lisher and ed­i­tor of the Daily Press Me­dia Group.

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