Entries due Friday for Rotary decorating contest
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Entries for the 2012 Tracy Holiday Decorating Contest are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Completed entry forms can be mailed to Holiday Decorating Contest, P.O. Box 419, Tracy, CA 95378-0419 or brought to the Tracy Press office at 145 W. 10th St.

Judging by members of the sponsoring Tracy Rotary Club will begin Friday night, Dec. 7, according to club president, Nelson Hu. All judging will be for home and grounds, he said.

The winner will receive a $100 gift card while the runner-ups will get $50 gift cards.

Winning entries will be announced in the Dec. 14 edition of the Press.

Information: Nelson Hu, 830-9984.



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1219tracy
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December 05, 2012
I think as a nation we have become too "politically correct". So we've made everything generic and are afraid to step on someone's toes because they come from a different background then us. In my interpretation of the 1st amendment, it gives me the right to say Merry Christmas and celebrate that I am a Christian. But it also gives you the right to celebrate Hanukkah or Eid or whatever you celebrate. That's what makes America great and sets us apart from other countries and that we are able to stand side by side with people of a different religon. So if the Press wants to call it a Holiday decorating contest I guess that means that you could decorate for any Holiday, not just Christmas. When we embrace each others cultures, religons, instead of trying to keep it separate we will truly understand what our fore fathers meant. So go ahead and put out that 10ft Menorah, but don't be offended when I put out my 10ft Santa blow up. Merry Christmas everyone!
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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December 05, 2012
I see debbdaves an dd95376, whom I suspect are one an th same, along with citizensheep, are up ta thair normal self appointed tasks ta stir up trouble, denigrate people an attempt ta limit thair rights of free speech while th Tracy Press Comment section moderators DO NOTHING, contrary to what they promised they would do.

In this I don't see any improvement in th comment sections an they still run pretty much unfettered as they did before th new management took over Operation of th Tracy Press. So much for assurances this sort of activity would not be toleratated.
backinblack
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December 05, 2012
Let's see, there are many Americans of various ethnicity's who believe in calling a Christmas Tree a Christmas Tree, they also believe in Merry Christmas as compared to Happy Holidays, so how exactly does this become some "red neck white trash rubbish"? In dd's hateful view of the world I guess only red neck white trash are Christian's.

As far as her narrow minded and ill-informed emphatic statement about the roots of this nation not being Christian but rather secular, many people much more versed than dd in our country's founding and history believe the question about our roots is complex with no easy or definitive answer. Therefor as with our Constitution much is left to interpretation and debate.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

cont.............
backinblack
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December 05, 2012
"that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Let's take these excerpts from the First Amendment, Declaration of Independence, and The Gettysburg Address and look at them in the context of where we are today with this whole Christmas or Holiday Tree deal.

Congress did not come up with the term Christmas Tree, the government did not invent Santa Claus, they have not made Christianity the lawfully recognized religion of the US, when the majority of Americans celebrate Christmas they are not infringing on the rights of others to celebrate their own beliefs / religious tradition.

We have more religious freedom in this counrty than most people in any other country could ever imagine. We have churches, mosques, and temples located within blocks of each other throughout the country. Bottom line, people are free to openly exercise their religious beliefs in any way they choose.

Here's where we get to the "consent of the governed" and "of the people, by the people, and for the people"

Since the birth of our great nation Christianity has by far been the predominate religion and the one freely exercised by a large majority of our citizens. To this day some 65 - 70% of Americans identify themselves as Christians and to this day a majority of Americans cherish the tradition of Christmas.

When people migrate to this country no one is forcing them to celebrate Christmas or use the term Christmas Tree. They should come here to assimilate with American culture, learn to speak our predominate language, etc. but that in no way restricts them from practicing their religious beliefs and traditions. If our values and customs bother an imigrant here's an idea, they can choose a different country to move to, remember, no one is forcing them to come here.

What's going on here is more of a narrow minded PC minority trying to force the majority to acquiesce to their want of ridding us of Christmas tradition. If anything they are the ones trying to "prohibit the free excercise thereof", limit "the pursuit of happiness", and take away "the consent of the governed".
doors17
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December 05, 2012
Dear Santa

Instead of playing this yearly nonsense of everyone arguing what we call a tree, a decorating contest or what some department store calls it sale, just once I would like to see people direct its energy and focus on helping those who are less fortunate and in need this time of the year, and make sure that every kid has a present to open, while those who are hungry are feed.

I seriously doubt a higher power or being would care what we call it, and would instead want everyone to give or volunteer what time you can to help charities. Then we go back to hating each again on December 26.

We now return to reality.

Sincerely yours

doors17.

debbdaves
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December 04, 2012
Sounds like a lot of red neck white trash rubbish to me that this country is Christian and that others are intruders. The constitution allows for ALL who live and work in America to celebrate and practice their religion, equally. You need to get off your Christmas tree and remember that the roots of this nation are not Christian, they are SECULAR!
jonpaul
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December 04, 2012
walkingtall,

I think YOU hit it spot on, buddy. These people come to the US to take advantage of our system, get all the freebies they can, medical, food etc. and then go back home. They have no interest in supporting themselves or our country. Just sickens me to see our citizens that really need help....to get back on their feet and do not qualify because there is not enough money to help them, because all the free-loaders suck the system dry. This is a great country....MERRY CHRISTMAS to all...even dd95376
Citizensheep
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December 04, 2012
wow! such vitriol and not Christian at all. Just turn the other cheek and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, no matter what they say to you. People of the Jewish faith often decorate their homes in blue holiday lights. And this IS our country as much as yours.
yepper
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December 04, 2012
Have to agree with 'jonpaul' too much of the "happy holiday' crap! It's M E R R Y * C H R I S T M A S ! ! ! & Happy New Year! Here in the good 'Ol U.S.A. ! and don't forget.... BUY AMERICAN or BYE AMERICA!
walkingtall
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December 03, 2012
"Jonpaul" hit it on the spot. If I go to another country, I have to adapt to the ways of that country! If you come to this country,you should respect the way things are done here. Here is the problem. Many of these so called foreigners don't come here to be Americans and take pride to be an American, rather they come here and use our system, and go home with American money! We don't need to change for them, if you don't like it here, head on home. Yes, it's Called Christmas! Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays!
jonpaul
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December 03, 2012
dd95376

Nope, not religious at all. Just an American boy that grew up celebrating CHRISTMAS....like most of us. But I AM tired of the foreigners that come over here and expect us to change our ways so as not to "offend" them. My kids celebrate CHRISTMAS...not sure if you do...probably not...are you one of the "citizens" that are offended by us celebrating CHRISTMAS??? If so, too bad....live with it! You come to MY country and you can learn MY language (English)and learn OUR customs....if not, go back to where you came from....I will not change my ways as to not "offend" you! FYI...December 25 is CHRISTMAS...not a HOLIDAY!
jonpaul
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December 03, 2012
What is a HOLIDAY decorating contest??? Tracy Press, do you mean a CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST??? Please stop this offending "Holiday" crap and call it what it is....CHRISTMAS Decorating Contest!!! This "Holiday" BS is making me sick!!
dd95376
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December 03, 2012
jonpaul:

You must be a very religious person to be offended by this. One might suggest that whatever faith it is, you obviously missed a few lessons.


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