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Kaskkari’s politics

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to David Mathews letter, titled “Neel Kashkari” in the Thursday Sept. 18 edition of the Patriot. Mr. Mathews argued that Gov. […]

Fighting a ticket

Dear Editor: Mission Impossible: contesting a parking citation in Downey. Designed to ensure no revenue loss a long time ago. No blame on present council members for this […]

Food festival

Dear Editor: Kudos to the chamber and the city for a very successful International Food Festival that was held this past Saturday. As a lifelong resident, I have […]

Government size

Dear Editor: Wednesday, Sept. 17, was known as Constitution Day. ON that day in 1787 the constitutional convention concluded and the constitution was sent to the states for […]

Theater mismanagement

Dear Editor: The lawsuit against VenueTech Theater Management Co. has been filed! I extend continued well wishes to Los Lonely boys frontman Mr. Garza and his family. Meanwhile […]

Neel Kashkari

Dear Editor: The pathetic absence of support by the Republican hierarchy for the candidacy of Neel Kashkari for governor should be an eye-opener – for Democrats. For once, […]


Dear Editor: I got a kick out of Dan Chantre labeling smokers “bad people.” I think it’s attitudes like this that’s causing so much hate in the world. […]

Thanks from Dr. Stauffer

Dear Editor: Thanks to all for changing the name of West Middle School to Mary R Stauffer Middle School. It is an incredible honor and I want to […]

Plastic bags

Dear Editor: I just read that Gov. Brown is going to sign the “one use” bag bill. I am so sick of all these idiots calling it “one […]

Stauffer recognition

Dear Editor: Kudos to the DUSD board for recognizing Dr. Mary Stauffer’s contributions to the education of the children of Downey and the well-presented ceremony, and to The […]

Hospital smokers

Dear Editor: Real estate is limited and because everyone’s rights should be upheld, cities constantly struggle to adhere to the norms of public policy that mandate a safe […]

Work of Democrats

Dear Editor: In case Margaret Hittinger hadn’t noticed, Ferguson, Mo. – like most if not all of the “poverty plantations” that concern her – is run by Democrats. […]


Dear Editor: Congratulations to Dr. Stauffer and Rosalie Sciortino. As most of you know, a Downey middle school has been named for Dr. Stauffer to honor and show […]

Break the monopoly

Dear Editor: It’s about time to break the Internet providers’ monopoly. Downey should learn form other municipalities across the country and break away from the Time Warner/Verizon duopoly. […]

Government waste

Dear Editor: We in Downey are fortunate to have The Patriot, where we can express our opinions. Martha Call’s letter was very interesting. Not only is Congress responsible […]

Campus improvements

Dear Editor: My congratulations to the Downey Unified School District on the recent completion of the Engineering Building at Downey High School. My husband and I attended the […]

Construction projects

Dear Editor: Is there any news on the Rives Mansion? It appears that all construction has stopped — actually, there doesn’t appear to have been any work done […]

State politics

Dear Editor: A few weeks ago I was criticized when I stated that the country was in the toilet. Well, here are several things that have happened these […]

Bicycle coalition

Dear Editor: I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank and acknowledge Lars Clutterham for helping Roger Pardo to create and organize the Downey Bicycle Coalition. Through […]

Illegal refugees

Dear Editor: In response to Cristina Garcia’s op-ed (“U.S. Should Do Its Part with Child Immigrants,” 8/7/14), I agree that these refugees should be treated humanely. However, they […]