Why are there no disabled parking spaces downtown in front of some of the businesses on 10th Street and Central? Disabled people who need these spaces have to park in parking lots and walk to the business. Is there someone who can do something about this?
Dorothy Ruiz, Tracy
Teachers, stop whining
A number of Tracy Unified School District employees had a little snit at the last school board meeting about low pay for the work they do. I am an English teacher who puts in between 60 and 70 hours a week in Stockton Unified School District. I, too, work hard. However, when I sold insurance, I worked equally hard and went 10 years without a vacation. In the past, I also managed fast-food restaurants and often worked day and night for seven days at a time. I once worked at the restaurant for 30 days straight without a day off. In all my other jobs, I worked hard and lacked the job security built into government work. Many people work very hard, and most get less pay and far less job security than TUSD employees. I have known a number of these hardworking non-government employees to lose what little they have. I know many teachers and government employees are ignorant of these things, because they have never done anything else. Let me alleviate your ignorance. Right now, if you are a teacher that has been on the job for a few years, you are making about 50 percent more than the average Californian, and you are contracted for a 182-day work year. I know you have lost income these last few years to inflation, but so have many others. Go and get the best deal you can, but stop whining to a lot of hardworking people that have it much worse than us.
Scott Hurban, Tracy
Mercy is sometimes sportsmanship
I just returned from my 6½ year old grandson’s first basketball game, in which his team demolished the apparently younger and much shorter opposing team 19-0. This is ridiculous! Let’s look at the reasons for team sports. Not only do they teach specific sports skills, they can develop desirable characteristics and strengths, such as good sportsmanship. One facet of being a good sport is to play fairly. When the opposing team is so obviously more challenged, it is only fair not to play your A game. When my now-former husband was coaching, he called it “taking off the press.” When my children were playing soccer, there was a point when either their coach or the team members would take off the press and just have fun. It is always nice to win in sports; it is not necessary nor is it healthy to demolish the other team. Since another reason for team sports is the building of self-esteem and confidence, it is apparent that demolishing a team is counterproductive. I saw these disheartened boys and I was so ashamed of what our team did. Those boys have parents who love them and will spend countless hours trying to undo the damage that was done by our team, just as we would do had our team been the demolished ones. We need to remember that we are building adults here. What kind of adults do we want not just our children, but all children to become? I am hopeful that our coach will learn from this and teach the team better for the next game.
Cynthia Williams, Tracy