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Gutierrez denounces GOP approach to immigration

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to reports that Republicans will introduce legislation to remove deportation protections from the families of U.S. military service members and to make […]


Community support

Dear Editor: Assistance League would like to thank the community of Downey for supporting our recent fundraising brunch. We would like to mention the generosity of the following […]


Hospital service

Dear Editor: Recently, I had surgery at Downey Community Hospital (now PIH). I realize that the doctors get most of the kudos for the job that they perform […]


Could Obama increase legal immigration without Congress?

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies analyzes a visa-counting scheme long sought by advocates of increased immigration under which the Obama administration would ignore numerical […]


Misattribution

Dear Editor: An important poem in last week’s Patriot, “I’m Not Charlie,” was wrongly attributed to another poet, Wallace Stevens. The poem was written by Downey poet Conney […]


American sniper was no hero

Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer. If Clint Eastwood’s record-breaking movie, American Sniper, launches a frank public conversation about war […]


Stressful job

Dear Editor: I agree with Ann Halters regarding the length of the letters printed in the paper. I might have added some of them are downright hateful. It […]


Coyote warning

Dear Editor: Last week, two coyotes killed my neighbor’s cat. My husband and I were extremely surprised there were coyotes in Downey. My husband called for the partial […]


The death of innovation

The work of innovative thinkers is why the world has smartphones, laptop computers, toaster ovens and numerous other gadgets and creative approaches to problem solving. Yet groundbreaking ideas […]


Roybal-Allard named ranking member on Homeland Security subcommittee

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this week released the following statement on the historic election of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee […]


Reaction to State of the Union address

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard: “The policies President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address are a victory for all Americans, and especially for middle-income families. As our […]


Property management

Dear Editor: Re: Danny Wright’s letter, “Noisy Neighbors,” on Jan. 8. I live in a 30-unit apartment building. Several years ago when it was under a different management […]


It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to […]


Legalize industrial marijuana

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., today introduced legislation that would allow American farmers to grow and profit from industrial hemp. The […]


Rubio seeks answers on Cuban sanctions

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dan Coats (R-IN) on Wednesday asked Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew to detail how the Department of the Treasury plans to […]


Long letters

Dear Editor: I would really appreciate your limiting the negative tirades from your very regular conservative contributors. I’m sure they could get their points across in, say, 100 […]


Changes to Homeland Security bill

This week, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), a member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, spoke on the House floor regarding the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations […]


Horse abuse

Dear Editor: I am writing to let you know that I am quite upset at the way we treat horses in America. First and foremost, we must ban […]


Coyote sightings

Dear Editor: A PSA for Downey residents: I work for Kaiser Permanente at the Independence Park building and we have spotted two coyotes in recent weeks. They have […]


Baby boomers and ‘encore’ careers

Baby boomers have always been a generation unto themselves – a cohort so vast, their every inclination seems to become a cultural watershed. Now, a group of three […]