I take strong exception to the language the publisher and editorial board of this newspaper use against our honorable U.S. representative. The Oct. 18 Our Voice, titled “Enough of uncivil discourse,” said: “We expect more from those who would lead or advise our local leaders.” Since then, the Tracy Press publisher, on his public Facebook page, used the labels “extremist” and “political tantrum” toward U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham. This week, the editorial board is back, with a quote describing Rep. Denham and others as “lemmings with suicide vests” because they dared to vote against more out-of-control spending, higher deficits and an unlimited debt ceiling for President Barack Obama, on whose watch national debt has already increased from about $10.6 trillion to more than $17 trillion — a 60 percent increase.
The folks who run this newspaper simply do not understand that Rep. Denham is a rare breed in the halls of Congress. He talks the talk and walks the walk, taking a principled stand in his votes and coming back to the district to meet directly with constituents and answer their questions, something many of his Democratic colleagues are unwilling to do.
The people of the 10th Congressional District are lucky indeed to have an Iraq War veteran and principled conservative as our voice in Congress. I hope the Tracy Press will start to treat Jeff Denham with the same respect they expect from the rest of the community.
Jim Freeman, Tracy
Unchecked spending is unsustainable
The Tracy Press chastised Rep. Jeff Denham for his principled stand against the explosion of government spending, which will eventually cause America to collapse both economically and socially. Their argument is to wait for some future date when Republicans will win more seats and then everything will be better. I think this to be a very naïve stand. Through my 61 years of life, the government has done nothing but grow, and I think the time has come to stop blaming it on the politicians and blame it on the American electorate, who say they want one thing but vote entirely differently. What the average voter wants from their government is to give them something for nothing and have someone else pay for it. It is a matter of one group seizing power and having the producers of wealth plundered. That plunder is then given by the politicians to the majority of their constituents who put them in office. For example, Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable at the present rate because of demographic changes. However, you will get the seniors of America to vote to pay more for Medicare or to raise the age for getting Social Security (the only real solution) when a certain place freezes over. Eventually the American welfare state will collapse. Behold Greece, Spain and Italy, who are already there. If the Press wishes to believe that electing more prudent Republicans or Democrats will fix the problem, they are deluded. I wish I could still share in your fantasy.
Scott Hurban, Tracy
No or yes?
When is a no vote not a no vote? Apparently when it’s cast by Rep. Jeff Denham, who “explained” his no vote on reopening the government. Mr. Denham explained that he voted no because “Republicans and Democrats need to work together,” and that the local residents affected by the shutdown were very important to him. So, I guess his no really means yes? When Mr. Denham runs for re-election, my no vote will mean no.
Gus Carlson, Tracy
Time for principled stand is now
Your criticism of Rep. Jeff Denham for his “principled vote” begs the question, when is it time to stand on principle? Your opinion article states: “We’re all for fiscal conservatism,” “Overspending is a bipartisan epidemic,” “The Affordable Care Act is deeply flawed, and the implementation to date is a mess.” Meanwhile, our president said he wouldn’t even negotiate spending reductions and our senate leader refuses to even vote on House-initiated budgets. Maybe the time for a principled stand is now.
Tom Whitten, Tracy
Pool restoration right for community
I’d like to reflect on a recent commentary offered by Sam Matthews regarding the restoration of the Joe Wilson Pool (“Swim solution starts with Joe Wilson Pool,” Oct. 25, Page 13). It is my belief that providing access to both recreational swimming and swim lessons is essential for public safety. It is no secret that many children and adults drown every year.
It is vital to provide opportunities for kids to learn to swim and practice what they’ve learned. But of course, swimming is primarily a positive, safe form of exercise for people of all ages, including the elderly, to participate. The city of Tracy should continue to foster this form of recreation for everyone.
The new water park will not serve all children and families of Tracy. The Joe Wilson Pool is right in the middle of town, close to apartments and lower-income, relatively high-density housing. Most families in Tracy can easily walk or take public transit to the Joe Wilson Pool. This is where a community pool is needed — not way out next to the Tracy airport. It doesn’t take an economic genius to understand that if the city can’t afford to fix up and operate a simple little community pool, they won’t be able to do it for a water park/complex.
Mr. Matthews gave a pretty good breakdown of how the finances relate to the building of the water park and the restoration of the Joe Wilson Pool. I have tried to support the views of Mr. Matthews in a way that puts a spotlight on the needs of the greater Tracy community. I feel strongly that we should restore the Joe Wilson Pool.
Marie Patterson, Tracy
Park living brings good with bad
Only a few residents are privileged to live with Tracy’s largest park as a front yard view. The sights and sounds of children playing, joggers jogging, dog owners strolling, intense soccer matches and people enjoying sunshine laziness are all part of living in the two blocks of East Eaton Avenue that face Lincoln Park. Noise, traffic, parking scrunches and sometimes loud ice cream vendors are also part of living here. Cleaning up discarded food, cups, cans, wrappers and even diapers left behind by thoughtless park visitors is also included in the experience. We all happily take the good with the bad as part of the compromise of living so near to such a pleasant place. But I have just recently realized what a wonderful retail location is included with property on this strip. We could acquire containers of cheaply made “variety items” from some reputable importer, spread them out on the front lawn and driveway, throw up some flags (I am sure a used-car lot would give me their old faded flag strings), add some signs and plug in the cash register. What a brilliant, no-rent, no-license, no-business tax cash-flow machine we’d have. And only open two days a week.
Jerry Kineen, Tracy
Start policing stops
It sure would be nice to see some police around giving tickets to people that are running red lights or stop signs. Since when is it someone else’s fault when you run a stop sign? I think the police should be out patrolling those things. I don’t hardly ever see any police out and around except about once a week. These young kids apparently don’t think they have to follow any traffic laws because nothing ever happens to them.
Kelly Smith, Tracy