Your Voice: Aquatic center concerns
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Pursue private water park for taxpayers’ sake

EDITOR,

You mentioned the Pinkie Phillips Aquatics Center that the council approved. Apparently that didn’t satisfy those who want Tracy taxpayers to build more. When the city approved the $15.7 million “first phase” of the Ellis project, which only included the “recreation area,” it should have been obvious that this project was not only very costly but had other problems. Taxpayers would be stuck with subsidizing a white elephant forever. As you say, a judge killed the original Ellis development deal. Now, the city seems to have finally decided to pursue a private developer option for additional public swim facilities. I hope it works out, for the sake of young swimmers and taxpayers.

Tom Whitten, Tracy

Greater benefits to swim center than private park

EDITOR,

I would like to advocate my support for the swim center for the City of Tracy. I have attended countless meetings for this cause, yet we are still trying to move forward. It is extremely important that we do not cut corners in the 11th hour. There have been countless hours that have gone into this project and it would be foolish to throw that all away. There are so many new jobs associated with this project; what with construction, pool maintenance, lifeguards, swim instructors, and even landscapers. Conversely, we have the Dr. Powers pool, which hasn’t been operational in several years, not to mention that it is already established and will not bring any new economic benefits to the region. As a member of the Tracy Triton coaching staff these last three summers and a member on the team for the last 12 years, I have been very involved in the swimming. Swim meets, especially invitationals, bring a lot of people to the area; they in turn purchase items from the stores in Tracy. Swim meets are also a fun way to bring the community together. This community can and will grow; it will benefit from a swim center, NOT an aquatic facility partnership with Wild Rivers. The last thing we want for Tracy is a private enterprise that builds a facility that is not community oriented. So in conclusion I feel that you should remain with the current plan to build a swim center with the Surland Cos. and abandon the idea of entering into a partnership with Wild Rivers.

Austin Lowe, Tracy
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backinblack
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September 26, 2013
While accusing FTUD of blowing things out of proportion, tadpo writes: "you are trying to convince us that the sun is gonna burn out".

Comical. Tadpo, you little hypocrite. If accusing someone of trying to convince us the sun is gonna burn out doesn't qualify as blowing things out of proportion, the whole idea of blowing things out of proportion needs to be re-evaluated. NicoleW, if you are still around please think real hard before knocking my grammar for hyphenating re-evaluate.

Tadpo, when did a rather simplistic word like disaster obtain the status of a ten thousand dollar word? By the way, be it a Nissan or any other make of vehicle, I believe throwing a piston would be best defined as a mechanical breakdown rather than a disaster. Gee, seems like another instance of you blowing things out of proportion. Hmmmm.

jazman
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September 25, 2013
I would like to see the projected costs of running this pool, I may have missed it in the Press but this should be the ultimate decision maker. If you must buld it then leave out the competition pool that nobody else in Tracy besides the swim club wants or needs. Our city Council needs a little vision, do we want to replicate Stockton? Just because a home builder dangles a carrot in front of us doesn't mean we have to chase it, think it through properly and with a bit of fiscal responsibility thrown in.
tadpo1e
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September 26, 2013
Stockton had a different problem, they essentially tried to play Major League Baseball with minor league players.

If you folks who are so adamantly opposed to home builders (and I'm guessing you pick and choose developers that you work overtime to lobby against on Tracy Presses' website?) wanted to take a realistic comparison of pools, take a look at Livermore.

You will find that a water park is not as bad for a community as you think.
fortheunderdog
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September 21, 2013
I would like to hear from other commentors not connected with the Tracy Triton's who want this water park to be built. It's a no brainer that the Triton's want a pool built and a competition pool at that. The company the city is talking to said they have not built a competition pool so either they start reading "Competition Pool Building for Dummies" or the city will have to farm out that project to someone who does. And since it would be a competition pool, will it be available to non-competitive swimmers also? I would think not since Tracy's premier swimming team will be using it most of the time. I do not want tax dollars paying for this disaster in the making. I do not want tax dollars paying for maintenance. If the city thinks that this aquatic park will entice psople from out-of-the-area, let's use that money to pay for expenses. Frankly, I don't believe an aquatic park in Tracy will pay for itself with fees collected for entry. Nope, we the taxpayers will be fitting the bill.
tadpo1e
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September 26, 2013
I would like to know why you felt the need to blow things out of proportion and choose a word like "disaster". Now I know you cannot be trusted to have a serious conversation when you are trying to convince us that the sun is gonna burn out. If you bought a Nissan and the engine blew a piston out onto the freeway I would consider that a "disaster". But here we are talking about families taking a dip in a pool. Certainly no reason to use ten thousand dollar, GreenPeace, lobbyist words like "disaster"? Got any more snake oil on that wagon, partner?
fortheunderdog
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September 26, 2013
I see you've made a comparison to a water park vs. a vehicles engine failing. Both are the same....failing. A water park with a competition pool will attract some but will it be available to all or just the Triton's and other competitive teams? Will a water amusement park be better, sans the competition pool? Probably. But looking at the big picture, the newness of it will diminish.

fortheunderdog
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October 01, 2013
Actually tadpo1e, astronomers have long said that our Sun will eventually burn out. Our Sun has actually burned about 1/2 it's fuel so we're talking another 5 billion years before it eventually goes dark. Life as we know it will be gone way before our Sun turns into a red giant. It'll expand engulfing the 2 planets closest to it first before it swallows the Earth. Can't say if it'll expand to take the furthest planets but it will eventually explode, like all stars eventually do, perhaps turning into a black hole.


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