Tracy Talks: 2014 wishes from the Tracy community
by Anne Marie Fuller
Jan 03, 2014 | 3932 views | 2 2 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Did you make a New Year’s resolution as 2014 rang in this week? Many common resolutions are to lose weight, get out of debt or spend more quality time with family.

As a follow-up to personal New Year’s resolutions, I wonder what the community would most like to see happen in our town this year.

A poll conducted on the Tracy Talks Facebook page yielded the growth of our local mall as one of the priorities, with an emphasis on quality stores. Others included adding more upscale restaurants, bringing in brand-name retailers, renovating downtown, keeping our town safe and developing a new animal shelter — which tops my personal list.

“The new shelter will be more convenient and much more enjoyable for the people and animals,” said Lani Smith, Tracy police support operations manager. “It will offer an entirely different environment with a friendly pet adoption area, with rooms to get acquainted. We anticipate a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the project in early spring and will follow up with a grand opening.”

For those who have been following this effort, which has been many years in the making, the design of the new animal shelter was approved by the City Council in 2013.

What are your thoughts? What would you like to see in our town this year?

• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of the Channel 26 television show “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie.” Contact her at

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January 05, 2014
A new animal shelter is long over due for this town. It's about time! Will it have vet services?
January 06, 2014
Interesting this human animal which over-propagates "pets" for his therapeutic needs (?). Still, in spite of protestations to the contrary, I seem to view the "ownership" of animals as perverse, but I do recognize in the "wild," animals conspire for the benefit of each other, and I certainly don't deny the intelligence of other organisms. It is as if the dog has become a doll for adults; it is as if people collect these "dolls" for selfish reasons. I have carefully examined the interaction of people with their pets and have concluded the ownership of an animal is a one-way affair; the animal's existence is entirely predicated on the wishes and whims of an owner, because, ultimately, the owner decides everything about his relationship with his dog or cat, even when he is charitable and acts as if the dog or cat made the decision for him.

Stop the propagation. Too many irresponsible owners. We are addressing the wrong facet to this issue and the continued building of more, bigger shelters is actually a statement of this misdirection.

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