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Norfolk, VA

Some Norfolk residents complain about lack of trash cans

Ironically, in my neighborhood, the guy who lives accross the street from me gets up EVERY morning at 6am and literally sweeps the block we live on. (He's also the same guy with a trash can in front of his house). I see the street sweeper every few weeks or so here. I don't think it does any good on our street as there are cars parked on both sides of it and so it can't really do anything about the dirt in the gutter that my neighbor sweeps up each day. Such waste.  (Nov 16, 2010 | post #4)

Norfolk, VA

Some Norfolk residents complain about lack of trash cans

Agreed, HR Native. I live in a low-income neighborhood in Norfolk and am constantly picking up trash in my yard from the kids who walk up and down the street with their bags of ships and sodas and then just drop them when they're done. Ironically, my street has 2 trash cans chained to telephone poles on just my block and NOBODY that walks down my street uses them. Furthermore, the people living in the homes behind the trashcans are the ones that end up having to dig out what little trash is in them. At one point, they used to put bags in them and for 3 months the trash collectors walked by them and didn't even try to see if anything was in them. I absolutely believe that Norfolk only tries hard in neighborhoods with expensive homes, but a lot of that is because of the slum lords in the lower income neighborhoods that do nothing to improve their properties while collecting section 8 money from tenants to pay their personal mortgages and $50k SUV's. I totally can't wait to move back to Oklahoma.  (Nov 13, 2010 | post #2)

Norfolk, VA

Does anyone else think the yearly car inspection is a rip...

Vixen, despite what many people think, the Virginia State Safety Inspection does not require that the vehicle's engine be running perfectly or even at all. Here is a link to the VA State inspection basic requirements stuff. http://www.vsp.sta te.va.us/Safety.sh tm#InspectionProgr am I agree with you completely that there are some very unkept cars on our roads like the one you mentioned. But after working at a shop part time for a few years I've found that in this area 1 out of 3 customers protest ANYTHING a technician finds on their vehicle and what it costs for a shop to do the repairs. Unfortunately, many people believe that mechanics are shady and take advantage of everyone so they choose not to get work done when it is needed if the answer to "can I drive the car like that?" is yes. The good news is that there is rumors that the state will be implementing emmissions tests within the next few years. And that alone will get the majority vehicles in ill-repair off of the road. Bottom line... I agree that we need to do more. However, state inspections are not a scam to line the pockets of politicians and local governments.  (Nov 12, 2010 | post #2)

Norfolk, VA

Navy officer found not guilty in drowning

Agreed HR Native. After hearing about much of the disciplinary actions being taken against sailors in this area, it's evident, the Navy's Force End Strength is more than what the government projected for the past several years due to a failing economy and so the answer to it is try to punish and discharge as many as they can to get the numbers down instead of cutting back on recruiting. It was a waste of money because the leadership as a whole does not know how to manage personnel. This sailor's death was an accident and accidents happen no matter how much you train. Blaming the leadership for it was simply stupid.  (Nov 10, 2010 | post #2)

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk school bus driver says sick out set for Wednesday

I've seen some of these drivers on their way back to the motorpool both after the morning and afternoon runs. The way they drive their busses speaks volumes of their attitudes. (Not everyone, but at least the 30 or 40 that I've witnessed driving their rigs like sports cars) That being the case, it's like this... Driving a bus before and after school is a part time job. You can't expect to be compensated more just so you only have to rely on 4 hours worth of work to pay the same bills a full time job would. These drivers spent the entire summer practicing new routes so that they could change the school hours and adjust to having less drivers. And still, the first week of school in Norfolk, my son's school office was bombarded by angry parents that had children that waited for busses that were more than 30 minutes late. I believe many of these drivers expect more pay without having to perform to the best of their abilities. All the while, puting students and other drivers at risk with the way they drive their busses. I say, take the day off... And while you're at it, take a few more to find a new job and let someone who actually understands what's required and what the compensation will be have the job. But that's just my opinion.  (Nov 10, 2010 | post #3)

Norfolk, VA

VA Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Question 2

Wow, I was away from TOPIX way too long. I leave for a month and miss a really interesting debate. So, in the interest of getting back in the mix of things... I absolutely have to chime in. Veterans with 100% disabilities... meaning that they, under absolutely no circumstances, can hold a job due to their disability are totally entitled to zero tax liability. Why??? Because if they hadn't been working for the Federal government FOR THE PEOPLE then they wouldn't have that disability in the first place. And let's face it, when you have an injury that qualifies for 100% disability, there's no amount of money in the world that is going to give you back whatever it is that you lost. We're talking quadrapalegea, double and triple amputees, and those that are now completely blind. All because they were doing a job for their Country. I'm willing to bet, all of those who are NOT in favor of this tax break to these service-members, would be more than happy to sue the trousers off of their employer if they received 100% cripling injury while doing their jobs. And they would expect more from the government at the same time. Let the hate mail begin!!! :-)  (Nov 10, 2010 | post #411)

Norfolk, VA

Made In USA Christmas

I like the way you think!  (Nov 7, 2010 | post #2)

WTKR

Target shortchanging coupon users

I find it hard to believe that if the problem was identified mid-summer, that Target didn't know why it was happening. It doesn't take 3 months to fix a glitch in a computer unless they plan on building a whole new system. Personally, I think after the individual stores reported the problem, it was decided to let it ride until the story broke nationwide. When you take into consideration how many people used "glitched " coupons and didn't notice each day, for more than 90 days, they had to have brought in several thousands of dollars. And because most people don't keep their receipt, a class action lawsuit wouldn't stand up... I truly believe they knew what they were doing and were basically looking to profit as much as they could, while they could. Shameful.  (Nov 3, 2010 | post #6)

WTKR

William and Mary history professor finds mistakes in a Vi...

PS... I'm not the person that left you the "nuts, offtopic, or mean" rating... But it would be nice for the person who did to actually post an opinion countering your statement... I agree... someone should have caught that while editing it.  (Oct 27, 2010 | post #12)

WTKR

William and Mary history professor finds mistakes in a Vi...

Evidently, the same one used to audit the annual budget of many Virginia city governments...  (Oct 27, 2010 | post #11)

WTKR

Mother of a fallen Marine speaks out against new "Medal o...

Sorry it has taken so long for my response. I was on vacation visiting sisters in Kansas and their husbands who will be deploying in November. I mention that not for sympathy, but as a way to help explain why I disagree with EA. I have many service-members and older war veterans in my family. That may help explain my personal sensitivity to this game. While I was on vacation I did ponder this game and even had a conversation a friend of my brother-in-law that has played MOH. He told me that in it's current format, as silly as it may be, the fact that EA took the "Taliban " feature out was the only reason he bought it. When asked if he thought it was "realistic " his response was that the graphics were great, but other than a few of the missions, it wasn't what he would consider "realistic ". So, I will concede that for entertainment purposes, this game is no worse than any other war game. However, I will stand by my belief that EA designed the original for maximized profits without taking into consideration the sensitivity of families that have suffered losses at the hands of the Taliban. It was all about the money for them and even though that's their right, it's still very offensive to many people.  (Oct 27, 2010 | post #31)

WTKR

Stunt gone bad leaves a fiery wreck before NASCAR race

All stunts that go wrong begin the same way... "Hey... Watch this!!!"  (Oct 19, 2010 | post #7)

WTKR

Junior Seau crashes: Junior Seau crashes SUV after arrest...

Junior said "ooouch"  (Oct 19, 2010 | post #6)

WTKR

Chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Party, David Ba...

Actually, according to the census data prior to this year, there are twice as many minorities that are living below the poverty level than caucasions. However, I don't blame that on the color of someone's skin. http://factfinder. census.gov/servlet /STTable?_bm=y &-geo_id=16000 US5157000&-qr_ name=ACS_2008_3YR_ G00_S1702&-ds_ name=ACS_2008_3YR_ G00_  (Oct 19, 2010 | post #6)

WTKR

Chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Party, David Ba...

Wow... So, show me a politician that has never received a similar type of email and forwarded it... And I'll show you a politician that doesn't have a personal email address.  (Oct 19, 2010 | post #5)

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