Your Voice: UFOs, Tracy and Taxes
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UFOs and Tracy


In our recent history, it was reported that some local citizens of Tracy reported a flying UFO passing over the city of Tracy, with strange lights that were not in the standard lighting pattern of a military, civilian or commercial aircraft.

Was this the Project Aurora from the U.S. Air Force, a project from the Livermore Lab’s Site 300 or some high school project out for a test drive?

Well, if they are from another galaxy, why Tracy? The front lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., the helicopter landing pad of the United Nations building in New York City, the main gate at NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) in Colorado are much more appropriate landing sites.

The aliens came here to see Tracy’s state-of-the-art technology hub, our world-class downtown business center. Our Tracy Outlets, with scores of popular name-brand merchants, our world famous traffic circle with the large statue dedicated to Tracy’s glorious past, the train yards of the Union Pacific, and best but not least, our assorted farm animals. I think they are here for the sheep.

UFOs may or not exist, and the folks that reported them were either sane or insane. However, if an alien life form came to Tracy, after traveling billions of miles, these aliens would treat Tracy like it has always been, a rest stop, then move on, and that is the sad news about our little town.

Al Galaviz, Tracy

Congress slaps taxpayers with bill


The current budget squabble has resulted in many government employees being furloughed and many citizens being inconvenienced, some of them tragically. Now we read that the House of Representatives has passed a bill approving back pay for the furloughed workers, even though the inconvenience to the public caused by their ongoing furloughs continues.

How do those who claim to be our representatives justify this slap in the face to the taxpaying public? Not only are we inconvenienced because government employees are not on the job, now we get billed for their paychecks anyway. How absurd is that?

Bob Young, Tracy

A shudder-worthy council performance


It’s October and Councilman Robert Rickman is making me shudder.

Ever have a flashback to a point in time where it makes you shudder? I had just that experience watching the Oct. 1 City Council meeting. Watching Councilman Rickman was akin to watching former Councilmember Irene Sundberg. Mrs. Sundberg used to ooze of negativity, and it appeared she took particular pleasure in publicly berating and speaking rudely to city staff. Councilmember Rickman’s behavior reminded me of that place in time where we had Mrs. Sundberg as the Mark Connolly and TRAQC supporter on council. I thought those days were over and good things were finally going to happen. I’ll certainly think twice if Rickman runs for re-election.

Sue Rainey, Tracy

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October 13, 2013
Having just reviewed the last City Council meeting video, I cannot begin to fathom where Ms. Rainey is coming from. Mr. Rickman abstained from voting because he did not feel he had sufficient information, due in large part to the failure of City staff to provide adequate information. The only rudeness I observed was on the part of Mr. Churchill.
October 14, 2013
I do not understand how you can accuse cops of being unfit for duty and than pal around with the highway patrol dude. What up wit dat one? I would be like dude dont stand so close to me. You two get together and giggle like 6 graders?
October 15, 2013
Congratulations to you Mr. Miles for using your real name here. I seldom read this page because so few people are willing to say who they are.
October 16, 2013
For those who do not remember. My neighbor on Midway Drive used to have a huge sign.

It said:

"Say no to Sundberg and Garamendi, the way they said no to Tracy".

That sign was so friggin big. I don't know that anyone could have missed it.

Someone was out here from the press with a camera and we thought it would get in the news, but I never did see the picture printed in the paper.

October 11, 2013
So Ms Rainey watches TV. Those of us who go to Council, care about the future of our city and not the welfare of just developers, know that Robert Rickman has been the one who comes from and cares about Tracy. I will remember that next election and am glad that he is and will be there.
October 11, 2013
She was always trying to dig up dirt and never produced anything more than smirks and insults behind her desk. Yep now he does the same thing. She nailed it. I hope he doesn't give her a hefty speeding ticket for it.

I do recall her accusing the city of putting her out of business. Instead of doing her homework and asking them before hand I got the feeling she was distancing herself from everyone in town. He is doing same. In fact, he only does it to please a few people that he thinks he will gain their votes.

Those sliver of the population put as much thought as he does. They are loyal followers, but in the end they won't help him and he won't help Tracy. History repeats itself. If he is from Tracy he should have learned what not to do by watching his predecessor make the same mistake.

There will always be people who think they know better no matter what you say they will go off on a tangent trying to make themselves look significantly distinguished. Those people make great fanfare and lots of noise but turn their backs on the people who elected them.

We voted for him because he was a cop in bad times and not for his economic prowess. If he cannot understand that, I won't vote for him again.
October 11, 2013
I think the aliens came here to cue ideas from the directory kiosk on Central Av/Sixth St. I hear they're going to construct one near the Helix Nebulae which, coincidentally, is near a dying star much like this city.
October 11, 2013
Fascinating! Even UFO officianadoes may only speculate - moreover one simple culinary fact is quite plausible.

They actually read the signs!

'Welcome to Tracy'.

'Home to some of the world's finest Carne-Asade'.

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