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The price of beauty -- paid for by animals

More and more, we are living in an age of information, the substance of which is increasingly difficult to ignore, says animal rights advocate Santosh Krinsky. Are our […]

Why government openness matters

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it […]

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, […]

The business of America’s marijuana revolution

By all accounts, America’s emerging cannabis industry is looking very promising and is shaping up to be the country’s biggest business experiment of the 21st century. But the […]

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 […]

Sen. Marco Rubio to Turkey: stop the hateful rhetoric

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) this week called on the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to halt his hateful anti-Israel rhetoric, and prevent […]

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 […]

Jumpstart the economy with trade reform

News about the economy just went from bad to worse. The Commerce Department released new figures showing gross domestic product fell 2.9 percent in the first quarter of […]

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 […]

U.S. should do its part with child immigrants

OP-ED: Children fleeing to U.S. seeking asylum should be granted refugee status.

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we […]

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 […]