In Mark Cowin’s op-ed, “BDCP a scientifically sound solution for water shortage” (July 18), Mr. Cowin states that the Delta economy relies heavily on agriculture and that protecting the Delta ecosystem in a very high priority. He then proclaims, “The BDCP would protect approximately 50,000 acres of cultivated lands, ensuring that agricultural uses on those lands would continue in perpetuity.” Mark Cowin is the director of the Department of Water Resources. According to the DWR’s website, the Delta consists of over 538,000 acres of agricultural farmland. So, what’s going to happen to the other 488,000 acres of prime farmland when BDCP begins managing the Delta? Cowin goes on to write, “The BDCP is viable, prudent and founded on cutting-edge scientific inquiry.” This comment seems to fly in the face of Karla Meneth, BDCP program director, who said in an interview, “We decided to embrace scientific uncertainty regarding the facility’s operation, water flows, habitat restoration and the response of fish.”
So what is it: a “scientifically sound solution” or “scientific uncertainty”?
Lynn Miller, Tracy
‘Gringo’ complaint a waste
After reading Ian Garrott’s letter to the editor, it made me sick. In this world today, there are so many things that are so much more important to complain about. In my opinion, mister, I think you really should get a life. Really, stop complaining about something so silly. You don’t like it, then eat somewhere else. That way, gringo tacos won’t bother you. I bet if you tried eating a gringo taco you wouldn’t complain. In this lifetime, which is so sad, there are more important things to complain about. Kick back and read your letter and realize how ignorant you are. I would enjoy reading a letter of something important in life for you to cry about. Really, our world could use people like you, but complain about something of importance or just keep your ignorant feelings out of the Tracy Press. I really would like to read about more important things that need to be changed in my town. In my opinion, you obviously don’t care about Tracy if complaining about a name on a menu is what you are about. I myself don’t have time to read a letter from someone like you. A letter to the editor should definitely be written because of importance. I know, I have been writing to the editor for the past 20 years. Every one of my letters had to do with a good cause. Please get a life, dude. Life is too short.
Gwen Rodrigues, Tracy
‘Gringo’ not offensive to all
You recently ran a letter from Ian Garrott in the July 18 issue of the Press re: the term “Gringo Tacos” served at Taqueria La Mexicana here in town. Mr. Garrott wanted the item removed from their menu because he felt that term was “disparaging” to white people and he was offended by it. I have to tell you that I disagree wholeheartedly, and let me explain why. I have a very sensitive throat condition and I am not able to eat anything that is even slightly warm. For several years, I have inquired in Mexican and American restaurants to see if they had what I called “gringo salsa” (meaning mild, very mild). Alas, no one has — until now! Thank you, Taqueria La Mexicana, for your desire to please all of your customers. I will be stopping by your restaurant as soon as my health permits. Oh, and by the way, I am not in the least offended by the word “gringo.”
Georgia Lewis, Tracy
Leave Lincoln Park for artists
This letter is a comment on an activity that has become an unnecessary problem for our community. I have been a Tracy resident for almost 30 years. I have spoken out for more activities for our youth, as well as more emphasis placed on arts. Tonight, I was appalled that a soccer activity was being held in Lincoln Park while artists shared their art with our community. To me, with the number of soccer-designated areas currently available in Tracy, is it asking too much to keep Lincoln Park for other activities? If we need more soccer parks, let’s as a community come up with space for our young people. They will one day be leaders — hopefully great ones — of our nation, but artists deserve the same respect and outlets for opportunities to be great national leaders. More balance, please. I’m not just a talker; I’m also an activist and sat two terms on the Tracy Community Cultural Arts Commission when we brainstormed an alternative to “fill the gap.” We came up with the portable stage as we continued working on a permanent home for artists of all genres. I’m proud of what subsequent commissioners have accomplished and am willing to — short of becoming a commissioner — help in any way I can. However, Lincoln Park should be reserved and designated as an all-purpose park, minus soccer. I believe this is a reasonable request.
Phyllis Franklin, Tracy