I agree with Nathan Tran, who wrote about losing Barnes & Noble in favor of Sports Authority. I understand if B&N made the independent decision to pull out of Tracy, but it is such a bad trade for our city. Losing the bookstore attached to the mall will, I fear, only add to our mall’s further decline. The mall has been in a state of flux for the last several years as it is, with many stores pulling out and storefronts being filled with temporary businesses or left empty altogether. I wish there had been more done to fight for B&N to remain, not only for its community involvement but for its attributes as a place of gathering and quiet refuge.
Janice Lampkin, Tracy
$26.01 is too high a price
In the state of California, it has become a criminal felony crime and offense, punishable by death, if you owe money on a medical bill. Many medical providers use unprofessional, illegal and criminal tactics to recover any money owed to them, even as small as $ 26.01. These are the same medical providers that tried to stop President Barack Obama’s health care bill, paid billions to stop any changes to fix or improve the current system, then said our system is perfect — if you can afford medical insurance, you have medical insurance. However, 100 million Americans are under-insured or have no medical insurance coverage at all. That is a national tragedy, because many lives will be lost and cut short, simply out of greed. We have the most expensive medical system in the world, thus rank 31st in quality behind that of a third-world nation in South America. This situation has now changed, where medical providers are now scrambling for patients, facing lower revenues, stuck with huge payments on overpriced infrastructure, staff and equipment. Some are facing bankruptcy. This could not happen to a nicer bunch of folks. These organizations have so little care, no compassion and no mercy; they would give Nazi Germany a bad name. We are cursed that two medical providers within in the walls of our local hospital are more concerned with your ability to pay than your medical condition. So that is the state of health care in our no-horse community of Tracy. God bless us. We need it.
Al Galaviz, Tracy
Health act a disaster by all measures
Obamacare supporters who continue to decry GOP opposition seem unable to grasp that this Democratic Party measure is not a solution to the nation’s health care problems, but rather a disaster of epic proportions that is harming and even destroying people’s lives.
As of mid-November, some 100,000 people had signed up for Obamacare — but astonishingly, more than 5 million people had lost their health insurance policies or had them canceled because of Obamacare. Now estimates are that another 80 million to 130 million people will lose their coverage next year, again thanks to Obamacare. This is a failure that makes the Titanic voyage look like a success.
The Obamacare backers should talk with Edie Sundby, a California resident and stage-4-gallbladder cancer survivor, or the cancer-stricken children of Ronald and Krista Alford in Gainesville, Texas, who all lost their health insurance because of Obamacare. Thousands and tens of thousands more Americans will suffer and, yes, die because of this disaster caused by Democratic Party politicians.
And then we have the $1 billion, 500 million-line Obamacare website from hell that CNN Money headlined “To fix Obamacare website, blow it up, start over” and that four computer security experts warned members of Congress is not secure enough to use. And now a senior political analyst at Time magazine has finally told us — as Sarah Palin did years ago — that Obamacare really does contain “death panels.”
My suggestion to Obama, hundreds of congressional Democrats and Obamacare supporters is really simple: Apologize or hide, because the disaster that is hitting America will be coming for you in due season.
Stephen Wampler, Tracy
Former Press reporter mourns Bilbrey
I was truly saddened to hear about the passing of Dan Bilbrey. We got to know each other well on a personal and professional level during my years as a news reporter for the Tracy Press and Tri-Valley Herald. During my family’s ‘Tracy years,’ the town doubled its population and Dan was a big part of city’s leadership. While there were plenty of concerns about Tracy’s growth back then, I was always impressed about how the city stuck to its standards of having growth pay its way. Were things perfect? No. But Tracy’s residents were and are lucky to have people like Dan Bilbrey step into the breach when leadership is needed. He was a good friend and a dedicated and thoughtful statesman for Tracy and San Joaquin.
Scott Howard, Chico