I’ve been following the debate regarding the beleaguered Tracy High School students and their parking woes. I really need to say something to the kids. Wake up and smell the coffee. Get up earlier and drink a cup.
Stop whining about “having to drive.” You’re blessed that you or your parents can afford a vehicle, gas and insurance for you. We can’t afford a car for our son, and he’s going to Stockton, taking buses. We have to pick him up certain evenings. Sorry, but it’s really hard to be sympathetic to your plight.
I’ve heard from a lady who lives on 12th Street. Her truck has been hit twice, and her daughter lost her side-view mirror. Put yourselves in the residents’ shoes being harassed by students. Maybe you’re not the one doing the harassing, you’re a good driver, and you’re not littering. But that doesn’t mean the people who bought a home years ago should be penalized because this generation of kids feels such an air of self-entitlement. It’s not a good reflection of your character, or your parents excusing your actions.
Other established cities have permit parking by high schools. So take a lesson from the people who get up at o’dark-thirty to commute. Plan on walking a little, if you don’t get the close parking space. And don’t fault the nearby residents for expecting to be able to get out of their driveways, or hoping that their cars will not be hit by new, erratic drivers.
Do something constructive instead of whining. Your predecessors at Tracy High used to have jobs on the family farm, rising with the roosters, before traveling to your school. It’s all in the perspective. And quit acting like the people who own homes around your school owe you a parking spot.
Deborah Littleton, Tracy
Time to educate America
Nowadays, civilians have very little knowledge why we are here in Afghanistan, which is why the majority of Americans do not agree with or support the war. If you are not going to support the war, at least support the men and women fighting it. The majority go against their will, leaving behind their families and loved ones. The problem is the media. They only tell you what you want to hear, leaving a lot of the important, critical information unreleased to the public. Information which could quite possibly change the outlook of many about the war we are fighting. The media needs to educate Americans on everything about this war so that people may better understand it. I know a big thought people have is that because we are at war with Afghanistan, all the people of Afghanistan are our enemies. One word: false.
Based on what I’ve seen since I’ve been here, the people of Afghanistan live in poverty in a third-world country with little resources. Some live without running water, heat and electricity. They are hard working and do their best to support their families, provide them with shelter, food and provide their children with the best education they can get. The majority support our presence here, because just like us Americans, they are also affected by the Taliban. But some people will never believe this. I believe this is one of those “You have to be here to see it for yourself” moments. We are here to help and better the people of Afghanistan with our knowledge and work to form an undying friendship. The more Americans that understand, the better. We need to open closed minds, and open the eyes and hearts of many. All I want to do is educate. Because that’s where it begins with, education.
U.S. Army Spc. Reynaldo Del Rosario, Mountain House
Don’t water during a storm
While driving home Wednesday night, I happened to notice the landscaping sprinklers dutifully watering while it was raining. This is the second time I have witnessed this scenario this year. The Wednesday storm has been the highlight of the daily news for more than a week. With the entire state of California engulfed in a serious drought, modus operandi for the city public works should be to take a proactive stance while setting a good example for city residents to modify watering schedules or temporarily shut off the sprinklers ahead of a large rainstorm this year.
Nancy Strohmaier, Tracy
Hospital foundation closed off
I am very disappointed by the lack of openness at the Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation.
I have asked repeatedly since September to speak to the board. My first attempt was blocked by David Thompson, CEO of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. He stepped between me and the meeting room door and told me it was a closed meeting. I asked him to be put on a future agenda. Getting no response, I have subsequently asked the chair twice, the secretary of the board once, and the office staff many times to be added to a future agenda. I’m still waiting.
I have requested to see the foundation’s Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, and minutes for the last two years. I was told by (an) office staff (member) that she called Modesto and was told that I must submit a request in writing. It should be addressed to Mr. Thompson and Jennifer Svihus. And no, I can’t just walk in and look at the records.
Is there something to hide? Who is running the foundation? Is it Sutter or the local community?
Pete Mitracos, Tracy
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