Your Voice: Wasteful plaza statue, Christmas in India and thanking holiday givers
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Christmas in India


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
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December 22, 2013

Slow down, take a breath an calm down before ya pop a blood vessel.

Yer view of Tracy's importance ta th world is way out of reality. No new servers or major construction or major investments were needed ta inform th rest of th world about th going's on in little ole Tracy.

I'm out of town at present, have known about this statue fer quite some time now an th thousands of people around me at this time don't have a clue ta what's happenin in Tracy, th statue or even that th City of Tracy even exists.

Frum yer tirade is seems yer sufferin delusions of grandure an self importance in behalf of Tracy CA.

Just in case yer not aware, this posting ta ya will circulate around th world, which is how I manage ta keep track of important thangs in Tracy from any point on th globe, an transmitted inta space fer th universe ta see providin they have th equipment ta sense it over th galactic noise of th universe.

Question, is Tracy, an th earth it sits on, th center of th universe with everythang revolvin about it or is it one small spec of dust?

Get this, it's art, beauty is in th eye of th beholder an it commemorates people who built our town in th past.

Merry Christmas
December 20, 2013
Interesting, Mr. Galaviz, that you are convinced that "we" spent much on this statue, but you have no inkling of the amount the statue in question cost, nor do you seem to have any idea of how and why it was procured by the city, or by what means. If you had an opinion about what sort of art you thought would be appropriate for Tracy, then maybe you should have participated in the survey program the city conducted three years ago in pursuit of commissioning and placing the public art we now see gracing our town. And since you've been so free with your opinion to date, please, by all means, continue; just what is it that you believe would constitute an inspiring work of art suitable for display in our town? Because if you don't have any ideas of your own other than to hold fast to a 'brown dirt only' vision for our city, then I suggest you leave off your vague and vindictive criticism of our city and its public art so that others striving to honor the history of Tracy, and inspire its residents for the future can get on with the work at hand. So far, you, sir, have contributed a diatribe, but have done nothing to contribute to the dialogue of what constitutes meaningful public art.
December 23, 2013
Stick and stones will break my bones, but your comments will not hurt me. TRacy was a great down, if my house was worth anything I would move.
December 20, 2013
As a native Tracyite born and raised there more than 60 years ago, I find your comments regarding the new statue of the railroad worker and the agricultural worker to be offensive to the history of Tracy. Apparently, you have no idea that Tracy was founded first and foremost as a railroad town; second it was a strong agricultural community as well. I fail to see how this statue has set Tracy back 125 years. I recognize you are entitled to your feelings, negative thought they may be. If you don't like the city of Tracy, why are you living there? I strongly suggest you consider relocating somewhere else.
December 23, 2013
What glorious past, dangerious steam trains and using Mexicians like me to worl the field. Day one when I moved her, I have been treated like trash for simply moving here.

If my house was worth anything, I would move, from this no horse town.
December 23, 2013
Don't be so hard on Tracy, Al. You're obviously trash, and you've made that abundantly clear in this and all other barely coherent rants you've made public via the Tracy Press. No matter where you moved, you were going to be treated like trash. It really doesn't matter that you moved to Tracy; it could just as well have been anywhere else in California. It could have been Fremont, West Covina or Montebello, for example, or someplace else entirely like El Paso, Texas. No matter what, and no matter where, people have always - and will always - consider you trash. But I guess one consolation is that you're really, really old and future generations won't be subject to your trashiness.

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