Your Voice: Critiquing the Press's council coverage, Denham's stance comes too late & bad websites
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Respect Rickman

EDITOR,

I read with some amusement — and chagrin — an article in the Tracy Press pertaining to two recent occupancies within our fair city.

First, the platitudes of apparent support recognizing four of the five Tracy’s volunteer City Council members.

Very apparent was the fifth City Council member, Robert Rickman, not being included. Tell me, isn’t Mr. Rickman still serving on the City Council? Naturally, there must be a reason in some council members’ mind that felt it was not in “their” best interests to include Mr. Rickman. Do you suppose?

Then an article from a citizen of Tracy, Ms. Sue Rainey, who strongly critiqued Mr. Rickman in no uncertain terms. Mr. Rickman enjoys a very good reputation both as a Tracy citizen and a valued police officer as well as an intelligent voice on the City Council. My thought for Ms. Rainey’s outburst and attitude simply makes me believe that she certainly must have received a driving violation from Rickman, and therefore, holds a deep grudge against this fine citizen. Why doesn’t she run for public office if she is so well qualified?

Lee Almquist, Tracy

• Editor’s note: Councilman Robert Rickman is a California Highway Patrol sergeant stationed in the Tracy area. 



Denham immigration stance too late

EDITOR,

I am a first-generation American. My family migrated to the U.S. from Aguascalientes, Mexico. They were farm workers following the crops in the Central Valley. Because Rep. Jeff Denham had no remarks or policy statement regarding immigration reform at his governmental website when he was elected in 2012, I visited his mobile district office when it opened at City Hall to inquire his policy regarding this issue. Denham’s staff informed me they believed he supported some type of reform. However, his staff could not provide detailed information regarding a policy statement from Rep. Denham, nor could they confirm his congressional website would provide a policy statement addressing immigration reform. It is suspicious that a year later, Rep. Denham is now stating he supports legislation reform and is co-hosting a bill toward this end when he would not openly state his support or provide any information on this issue at his governmental website. I find it ludicrous that Rep. Denham is only now providing a bill in support of immigration reform on the heels of his continued support of shutting down our government which affected our nation and our citizens. Rep. Denham had no concern for our country or American citizens when he supported our government shutdown, so why should I believe that all of a sudden he is concerned about individuals and families residing in the U.S. without legal status. Rep. Denham’s latest tactic is clearly an attempt to win Latino votes in 2014 due to the negative press he has received for his support of the government shutdown by House Republican representatives. In 2014, I will support with my vote individuals who have demonstrated from the very beginning by their actions real concern regarding immigration reform. Rep. Jeff Denham does not have my confidence to provide the leadership we need in Washington or my vote due to his last-minute attempt to support immigration reform as a means of overcoming bad publicity he has received for his support of shutting down our government.

Linda Jimenez, Tracy 

Highlight something positive

EDITOR,

I am really disappointed with your front page on the website. Hopefully your print edition is better.

Is that the best you can do of putting a huge photo of this person, a hideous accused child molester? Is this the image of Tracy that we want the prospective residents and current residents to see?

Monday is Veterans Day. Don’t you think a story about the upcoming service on Monday would be more positive and encouraging to us, the residents and citizens of Tracy? I know you have an editorial, but you need to scroll way down to see that article. That should be prominent.

Ramona Confer, Tracy 
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Macpup
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November 22, 2013
Linds,

I'm so tired of hearing the phrase "immigration reform" or even better "comprehensive immigration reform". Tell it like it truly is... complete amnesty for all illegal aliens or nothing. I really do not understand the need since we have an open border policy.

Yes the push for amnesty is to gain the Latino vote. That's why the Democrat party is pushing so hard because the majority of Latinos vote Democrat.
Radiatemedia
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November 15, 2013
Ramona,

You made the most sense of anything I read here. Too bad you don't work for the newspaper.
Radiatemedia
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November 15, 2013
Lee,

Strictly speaking, none of the council members are volunteers, since they receive a stipend - unless of course they do not cache their stipend check and I don't know who caches and who doesn't. A volunteer is not reimbursed by the city. So if they did not cache their stipend checks they could be considered volunteering in their community.

Not that it's any of my business, but your suggestion that Sue's letter to the editor was an outburst, a grudge, or any of that.. If I recall correctly she criticized his stance on some particular , recent vote.

For Petes sake; how would you know if she even has a speeding ticket, unless you were her insurance agent? What kind of assumption is that? Honestly, I don't know what's wrong with this newspaper for printing this kind of illogical reasoning.

No wonder this newspaper went bankrupt. It's almost like our newspaper editor is allowing Facebok/Twits. Sadly reminds me of my high school newspaper, but worse, because it's grown ups.
Radiatemedia
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November 15, 2013
Linda,

I represent middle America in my voting. I never vote straight down the line. I put in a lot of research and time to understand the issues and the candidates. Unless you have some inside scoop on who is planning to run against Denham, I don't see how you are examining ALL the candidates fairly?

And honestly? Does ANY republican expect your vote?
backinblack
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November 15, 2013
"I find it ludicrous that Rep. Denham is only now providing a bill in support of immigration reform on the heels of his continued support of shutting down our government which affected our nation and our citizens. Rep. Denham had no concern for our country or American citizens when he supported our government shutdown, so why should I believe that all of a sudden he is concerned about individuals and families residing in the U.S. without legal status."

Um, I wonder if you have the same concern in regards to the millions of U.S. citizens having their health insurance policies cancelled due to the ACA.

I wonder if you have the same concern about Obama addressing this disaster by making a cheap political mea culpa which means diddly squat and is most likely going to make matters worse.

I wonder if you have the same concern in regards to a President who lied to we the people to get the ACA passed.

I wonder if you have the same concern in regards to a President who for the upmteenth time has unilaterally changed a law he and his cohorts lied to get passed.

I wonder if you have the same concerns in regards to the above mentioned action being illegal.

Please advise.
jimf01
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November 15, 2013
Linda Jimenez self identifies as a first-generation American, but fails to self-identify as the President of the Democratic Club of Tracy. I wonder why the Tracy Press would omit that bit of information?

Linda Jimenez would never, ever support Jeff Denham or any Republican for public office!


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