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
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
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