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