Don Moyer’s article on personal gifts (“Personal gifts send message to loved ones,” Page 9, Dec. 13) was not only interesting, but got me thinking on still one more aspect related to the message of Christ, which needs to be central to the celebration of his birth. My husband, son and I came to the U.S. more than 30 years ago from India. Christians make up less than 3 percent of that nation’s population, but Christmas is celebrated as a national holiday. There, as in the U.S., most Christians have a Christmas tree in their houses. In addition, they make it a point to put out a large illuminated star outside the house for the poor and needy to see. Seeing the star, they come to these Christian houses to receive alms.
I remember my mother getting up early in the morning in order to prepare breakfast and later lunch for the poor. I marveled at the patience and kindness with which my parents helped the needy who came to our door. We followed their example in our house.
The first time I heard the question, “Have you finished your Christmas shopping?” was 30 years ago in Texas. I was baffled by that question, for in most Christian homes in India, presents at Christmastime were for little children. So there wasn’t much shopping to do. The season hasn’t “evolved into a gift-buying frenzy” in India.
Sarojini Ambrose, Tracy
Thanks for coat giveaway
A million thanks to the Tracy Sikh families for, on behalf of the thousands of Tracy residents, giving the opportunity to receive warm new coats, gloves, hats, etc.
As every year, you have provided us with those. But, first of all, as we stood in the cold hours on the morning of Saturday the 16th, you provided us with water, soda, and above all, a warm cup of coffee. Believe me, we are grateful for your generosity.
May the Lord of your preference bring you joy, peace, love, above all health on this holiday season.
Semper fidelis, mele kalikimaka hauoli makahiki hou, feliz navidad, aloha.
Agustin Correa, Tracy
Statue a waste
Last Friday’s edition of the Tracy Press shows the Ninth Wonder of World. How our small town made international headlines, the news was beamed into space by NASA and by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, it could be seen from the International Space Station. The statue was shown and listed in all the major newspapers, Los Angeles Times. San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, The London Times and the newspapers in the People’s Republic of China. Even featured on TV in Mongolia as the leading story. The statue was posted on the World Wide Web, such as Yahoo and Google; both organizations had to put on extra routers and servers to handle the Internet traffic. Our stature was shown on CNN and all major news networks around the world. This work of art has drawn millions of visitors from around the world. This has brought wealth and prosperity to our town. Plus the Grayline Bus Co. will bring visitors from as far as Turlock to see this creation. Now the railroads will relay track, so the trains run by this great creation, so everyone can see it, now Happy Days Are Here Again in Tracy. Our governor has marked this a special state holiday.
In your dreams. Wake up from your dream or nightmare. It’s an ugly statue, based on a not-so-glorious past. We spent how much money on this, so the whole world knows that our city knows how to waste money? So all those Silicon Valley firms with their jobs will see this, and just keep driving to another town. At least the birds have a new place to visit and relieve themselves. A job well done by our City Council; they set Tracy back 125 years. We should all be ashamed of this lack of art. We now need to make up postcards of our newest tourist distraction.
Al Galaviz, Tracy