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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Water waste

Dear Editor: What is Downey’s official plan for water conservation, enforcement and to whom would I report gross violators? I walk my dogs in the evening daily, between […]

Poetry problems

Dear Editor: I’m not stranger to poetry, and I don’t object to anything intellectually stimulating in the paper, however, in two weeks we have had poems about a […]

U.S. healthcare

Dear Editor: In response to Mr. David Coppell’s letter about greed in the healthcare system, I agree totally and have the following observations. I like President Obama but […]

Park condition

Dear Editor: I’d like to echo Mr. Morris’ concerns about the poor condition of Furman Park’s lawns. (“Furman Park,” Letters to the Editor, 7/18/14) My wife and I […]

Miracle recovery

Dear Editor: In reading Sandra Guerrero’s inspiring letter of her daughter Melissa’s miracle recovery from a traumatic brain injury (“Hospital Miracle,” Letters to the Editor, 7/24/14), I was […]

Democratic leaders

Dear Editor: After reading The Downey Patriot (7/17/14), there are several things I’d like to address. First, Cristina Garcia’s article (“Cristina Garcia Asks for Patience in State of […]