Our Voice: In search of new voices
by Will Fleet, co-publisher
Jan 04, 2013 | 5512 views | 7 7 comments | 441 441 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For more than 100 years, the Tracy Press has sought to encourage discussion on its opinion pages through editorials, columns and letters.

This New Year, we want to hear even more voices from the community.

So we’re asking all Tracy residents — especially those who haven’t written to the Press before — to share their thoughts in our Voice pages.

We want to know your opinion regarding politics, schools, growth, nonprofits or any other issue that affects the Tracy-area community. And we want to share it with your neighbors.

To make it interesting, we’re offering a prize of $100 to the best letter, as determined by our editorial board.

Letters must be no longer than 300 words, signed and turned into the Tracy Press either via email at tpletters@tracypress.com or at 145 W. 10th St., Tracy, CA 95376.

Select letters will appear in the pages of the Press, and the winner will be revealed in the Feb. 5 edition.

Good luck, and happy writing.
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victor_jm
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January 07, 2013
I just concluded a book by Alfie Kohn called Punished by Rewards. If I am inclined to submit an opinion piece to the Tracy Press, I will do so because of genuine concern for the viability of our community or a sincere wish to share with other citizens the importance of an issue. I am insulted by this incentive.

Now, in regard to Mr. Kohn’s book, I am not in full agreement with his thesis, but I am wary of those who would attach a monetary incentive as a motivator of human integrity.

victor_jm
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January 08, 2013
Sputty,

Any thing may serve as a reward, not just money. I make my bed well because it is my responsibility and the task of doing so is a challenge to, but, also, an expression of my character. We live in a culture where bribery is the strategy employed by all parents to get their children to behave in a particular way. “If you do this, you will get that.” I don’t take this approach. My child will say to me: “Dad, if I do this, may I do that?” But I will say, “No. You will do what is required of you to be a responsible adult. I don’t give you permission to behave poorly, and if you choose to do so, I will not defend (or make excuses for) your actions.” Children truly want to be engaged. Get rid all the life-destroying distractions. Provide them with a learning environment and don’t tell them they may smoke “recreational” marijuana with you when they are eighteen or twenty-one because they earned a G.E.D.

PowerCaddy
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January 05, 2013
doorsc,,

Only thing that scares me are taxes. On the other side of the coin, I have a lot of respect for Condeleza Rice and would vote for her in a heartbeat. She clearly articulates her position does her job in such a way that people respect her because of what she does. That is the way I vote. If it was Condeleza Rice running against Joe Biden I would vote for Condelza because I think she is a better communicator and would make a better president.
doorsc
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January 05, 2013
I too would like to get rid of Republicans, so what if Tracy Press allows DD to express her opinion? I have seen worse sentiments expressed here and none of you were up in arms. I think you have an anti anti woman agenda and DD is right, this is a red neck, conservative, cow town, run my middle aged white men. Shame on you. Let me tell you something. You guys are on your way out, out of Tracy, out of this country, and out of this earth. Science and technology, reason and evolution will prevail. You are, like dinosaurs, extinct. Make all the noise you can while you last. Your days are numbered. And yes, women are no longer in binders. They are in congress. Scares the heck out of you old guys doesn't it?
PowerCaddy
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January 04, 2013
Don't waste your time, Will. Debdaves comments on the Tracy Press and said she wants to shoot Republicans and the Tracy Press moderator refused to remove her comments. If that is the kind of trash the Tracy Press seeks then they will probably have a problem judging what is best. Bankruptcy looms. You are wasting your money.
backinblack
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January 05, 2013
Exactly, PC nails it.


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