Your Voice: BDCP, 'gringo' reaction and Lincoln Park for artists
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Water solution or ‘scientific uncertainty’?

EDITOR,

In Mark Cowin’s op-ed, “BDCP a scientifically sound solution for water shortage” (July 18), Mr. Cowin states that the Delta economy relies heavily on agriculture and that protecting the Delta ecosystem in a very high priority. He then proclaims, “The BDCP would protect approximately 50,000 acres of cultivated lands, ensuring that agricultural uses on those lands would continue in perpetuity.” Mark Cowin is the director of the Department of Water Resources. According to the DWR’s website, the Delta consists of over 538,000 acres of agricultural farmland. So, what’s going to happen to the other 488,000 acres of prime farmland when BDCP begins managing the Delta? Cowin goes on to write, “The BDCP is viable, prudent and founded on cutting-edge scientific inquiry.” This comment seems to fly in the face of Karla Meneth, BDCP program director, who said in an interview, “We decided to embrace scientific uncertainty regarding the facility’s operation, water flows, habitat restoration and the response of fish.”

So what is it: a “scientifically sound solution” or “scientific uncertainty”?

Lynn Miller, Tracy

‘Gringo’ complaint a waste

EDITOR,

After reading Ian Garrott’s letter to the editor, it made me sick. In this world today, there are so many things that are so much more important to complain about. In my opinion, mister, I think you really should get a life. Really, stop complaining about something so silly. You don’t like it, then eat somewhere else. That way, gringo tacos won’t bother you. I bet if you tried eating a gringo taco you wouldn’t complain. In this lifetime, which is so sad, there are more important things to complain about. Kick back and read your letter and realize how ignorant you are. I would enjoy reading a letter of something important in life for you to cry about. Really, our world could use people like you, but complain about something of importance or just keep your ignorant feelings out of the Tracy Press. I really would like to read about more important things that need to be changed in my town. In my opinion, you obviously don’t care about Tracy if complaining about a name on a menu is what you are about. I myself don’t have time to read a letter from someone like you. A letter to the editor should definitely be written because of importance. I know, I have been writing to the editor for the past 20 years. Every one of my letters had to do with a good cause. Please get a life, dude. Life is too short.

Gwen Rodrigues, Tracy

‘Gringo’ not offensive to all

EDITOR,

You recently ran a letter from Ian Garrott in the July 18 issue of the Press re: the term “Gringo Tacos” served at Taqueria La Mexicana here in town. Mr. Garrott wanted the item removed from their menu because he felt that term was “disparaging” to white people and he was offended by it. I have to tell you that I disagree wholeheartedly, and let me explain why. I have a very sensitive throat condition and I am not able to eat anything that is even slightly warm. For several years, I have inquired in Mexican and American restaurants to see if they had what I called “gringo salsa” (meaning mild, very mild). Alas, no one has — until now! Thank you, Taqueria La Mexicana, for your desire to please all of your customers. I will be stopping by your restaurant as soon as my health permits. Oh, and by the way, I am not in the least offended by the word “gringo.”

Georgia Lewis, Tracy

Leave Lincoln Park for artists

EDITOR,

This letter is a comment on an activity that has become an unnecessary problem for our community. I have been a Tracy resident for almost 30 years. I have spoken out for more activities for our youth, as well as more emphasis placed on arts. Tonight, I was appalled that a soccer activity was being held in Lincoln Park while artists shared their art with our community. To me, with the number of soccer-designated areas currently available in Tracy, is it asking too much to keep Lincoln Park for other activities? If we need more soccer parks, let’s as a community come up with space for our young people. They will one day be leaders — hopefully great ones — of our nation, but artists deserve the same respect and outlets for opportunities to be great national leaders. More balance, please. I’m not just a talker; I’m also an activist and sat two terms on the Tracy Community Cultural Arts Commission when we brainstormed an alternative to “fill the gap.” We came up with the portable stage as we continued working on a permanent home for artists of all genres. I’m proud of what subsequent commissioners have accomplished and am willing to — short of becoming a commissioner — help in any way I can. However, Lincoln Park should be reserved and designated as an all-purpose park, minus soccer. I believe this is a reasonable request.

Phyllis Franklin, Tracy

 
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KJeff95376
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July 28, 2014
Gwen Rodrigues - fortunately, it is not up to you to decide what is, and is not offensive to another Race. Would you tell an African American person to get over it if they were called "Ghetto Tacos"? No, you absolutely would not. Let this be a story of a food item being even remotely related to even the mildest of racist terms for any other race, and everyone is upset. Yet, White people should just "get over it"? You have no say here. You need to stop willfully ignoring aspects of this story, simply because they do not support your case. Answer me this: Why is the Mild Taco called "Gringo"? Is it because Gringo means Mild? Or is it just assumed that White people can't handle Spicy food, so they go for the Mild "Gringo" foods? Come on, now! No one is THAT ignorant.
75erforlife
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July 27, 2014
Everyone should take a breath, go have some fruit, and calm down. Unfortunately, everyone is so PC these days, and afraid the least little thing said is offensive. I do not feel Gringo is offensive. "Suum Cuique".
108MW
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July 27, 2014
Thank you so very much Frito for the commentary quoted from "urban dictionary" and "folklore." Dang funny. I'll quote from a more legitimate source. Webster's Dictionary. Ever heard of one of those? You might want to try using it for spelling the word "which." often disparaging: a foreigner in Spain or Latin America especially when of English or American origin; broadly : a non-Hispanic person. Now I understand that some may not use the term in an unbecoming way but it it used to offend white people often. I coached soccer for many years, most of the kids were from Mexico and Latin America. I referred to myself as a gri*** one time and the parents and the children whom had a lot of respect for me and I for them, forbid that I use it to define myself with them. Perhaps you and your friends use it among one another but if I step into a restaurant that is using it on their menu and I don't know them from Adam, not going to be certain their DNA isn't ending up in my food. In the very least, it is a questionable term and should not be used around strangers.
victor_jm
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July 25, 2014
Gwen, Ian's letter was penned maturely; yours seems rather adolescent. Why don't you spend your energy clarifying the use of the word "gringo." Your animosity is disturbing.

Georgia, your presumption, and the presumption of the restaurant owner, is gringos can't handle a hot salsa. Now, don't speak for me. If your health prohibits your ability to consume hot salsa, you should have asked the restaurant to name a taco for you: Georgia's taco.

108MW
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July 25, 2014
Agreed. Victor Jim. The problem Ms. Rodrigues is that it's never ok to use the "n" word or other horrible examples of race talk. Are you attempting to encourage restaurants to list their menu items like "ky** fried rice, chi** burritos, spi* lasagna, honk** pad thai and wo* grits? It seems you are and one might imply that you Ms. Rodrigues, could be construed as a racist. Perhaps you're not a racist but might be supporting name calling. In some strange way you believe it's quite alright to use derogatory language when talking about Caucasians? I'm pretty certain I wouldn't want to go to a restaurant that I might question whether or not someone is spitting in my taco because of the color of my skin. You cannot deny that the use of the word gri*** is separating someone into a racial category. If it's important enough for Obama to speak out against the Washington Redskins, then I think gri** taco is also fair game. You may not have a lot of time to read Mr. Garrett's letter but you seem to have a lot of time defending the use of the derogatory word gri***.
fitofito
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July 27, 2014
Regarding the "Gringo Tacos",we all know that Gringo is not a deragotary term. Even the Urban Dictionary says "If you know any mexican people then you'll know this is a non-derogatory term used to refer to US citizens. Mostly because the term "American" does not make sense to the rest of the Americans (all those people who live in the continent named "America", wich is every body from Alaska to argentina), and the word "Estadounidense" (UnitedStatean)is too long.

Folklore says it was generated when the US invaded mexico, wearing green uniforms, and the people shouted at them "Green Go Home".

With time it lost all derogatory status and was turned into the most common word to refer to any US citizen.

"Hey, que pasa pinche gringo! How is it going!!"
victor_jm
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July 29, 2014
I have a general idea about what mild, moderate, and hot mean, but when I read "gringo taco," I had no idea what this meant, but what is implicit, if not explicit, in the name is a stereotype propagated by the restaurant operator. This is the gist of my original comment.

I was thinking about opening a hamburger joint and calling my Mexican concoction a "beaner burger," and actually asked some of my Mexican friends what they thought of this. They laughed. They told me La Raza would come after me and continued laughing.


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