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Letters to the Editor

Downey firefighters

Dear Editor: I am losing my patience with the Downey Fire Department. After losing Measure B last June, I now read the firefighters union representing them has brought […]

Keep U.S. independent

Dear Editor: Mr. Drew Johnson’s op-ed piece (“Jumpstart the economy with trade reform,” 8/14/14) deserves a rebuttal because what he advocates on behalf of establishment Republicans and Democrats, […]

Sheriff’s helicopter

Dear Editor: Two times this week I was abrubtly woken up by the loud whirring of a sheriff’s helicopter circling overhead. I understand they are doing their job […]

Summer nights

Dear Editor: I’m writing about two things. First, we’re enjoying the concerts in Furman Park. The oldies music by the Smokin’ Cobras was lots of fun – not […]

Favorite restaurant

Dear Editor: I wanted to shout out a big thank you to Debbie at Chris & Pitts. She reserved tables for a group of Downey baby boomers to […]

Street markings

Dear Editor: I don’t often agree with Councilman Mario Guerra but at the latest City Council meeting he brought up a good point. At numerous intersections in Downey […]

Pico Rivera shooting

Dear Editor: This is on the incident commander for not properly briefing his/her troops as to who they were looking for. Every deputy on-scene should have been in […]

Downey neighbors

Dear Editor: After reading Danny Wright’s letter (“Rude Neighbor,” 8/7/14), I thought of my neighbors. I’ve been a resident of Downey for 17 years and have been really […]

Problems in government

Dear Editor: After reading Lee Hamilton’s op-ed, “Why Government Fails, and What We Should Do About It” (8/7/14), I think I can make it more concise. Our first […]


Dear Editor: In July, Joseph Rudolph Wood III was executed for killing his girlfriend and her father in the city of Tucson, Ariz. It took 15 doses of […]


Dear Editor: Please vote “NO” at this time. Not only will this tax hike increase your property taxes, it could also increase rents for struggling Downey, Bellflower, South […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Water restrictions

Dear Editor: I am well aware that Downey as well as the state of California has a serious water problem. Yet this issue has yet to be addressed […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Aerospace history

Dear Editor: I would like to address Mike Sandoval’s Letter to the Editor (8/1/14) and every letter he has written before about the Apollo Program. To start, there […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Broken healthcare

Dear Editor: I agree wholeheartedly with Colin Clarke’s letter last week on the subject of healthcare. Given the healthcare system we have now, you have insurance and drug […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rude neighbors

Dear Editor: Whatever happened to: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” The Golden Rule? Or does this somehow not apply to the people […]

American history

Dear Editor: I extol Paula Mayfield’s letter in your 7/31 edition. As I read it I thought I was reading a review of Dinesh D’souza’s “America.” He complains […]

New AP exams

Dear Editor: Historically and constitutionally, education is the function of local and state government. It was recently brought to my attention that a new history curriculum and test […]

Go-go liabilities

Dear Editor: The recent decision by the city’s Planning Commission to allow go-go dancers should be looked at in terms of labor and liability for all practical purposes. […]

Social media

Dear Editor: I would like to express how much I enjoy The Downey Patriot’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. By the time my mom opens the paper Friday morning, […]

Moon hoax

Dear Editor: It is now 45 years since the moon hoax, the most successful hoax of all time. Congratulations, NASA. Ever wonder why Russia never tried – or […]