My sister-in-law, a resident of Southern Pines, sent me the Joyce Reehling column of Nov. 12 which vilified Williamsburg, Va. and the surrounding James City County. I’m surprised that you published such a negative, unsubstantiated diatribe. Probably few of us who live here would have read her column, but nowhere in our local newspaper, The Virginia Gazette, have I seen a column or Letter to the Editor condemning our city with such denigrating comments.

Instead, most residents enjoy the marvelous assets of our town: Colonial Williamsburg,; The College of William and Mary plus the Osher Institute of Continuing Education; Thomas Nelson Community College; churches of multiple faiths; local shopping with significant stores such as Talbots and Williams Sonoma, plus Lowes, Best Buy, Targets, Home Depot, plus specialty shops and restaurants downtown and in New Town; two excellent hospitals Sentera and Riverside; an outstanding Williamsburg Symphony and two excellent libraries; an excellent Williamsburg/James City County school system; and an upstanding Williamsburg/James City County Police and Fire & Rescue departments.

How ridiculous to disparage an entire community based on a week’s visit where evidently she ran into a little traffic jam or had to navigate around a construction area. Clearly she has never had to deal with a New York City traffic jam or drive Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway.

Ms. Reehling says she is “70, not stodgy” — hmm. Well, I’m 86 and happily not a sourpuss like Ms. Reehling.

Come visit us and see for yourself.

Mary Rose Schlatter, Williamsburg, Va.

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