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November’s elections won’t resolve much of anything

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to […]


Student body funds

Dear Editor: I oppose the use of student body funds in construction bond campaigns. As the author against Measure G on the ballot two years ago, I was […]


Measure O

Dear Editor: The citizens of Downey are being asked to support Measure O, a special tax put on homeowners only to improve our schools. We all want good […]


Reaganomics

Dear Editor: Thanks to 30 years of Reaganomics, it now has been impossible for middle class families to provide the most basic things for their families. A report […]


Yes on Prop 45

Dear Editor: The November election is just around the corner and unfortunately there is some very deceptive advertising coming out about Proposition 45, which if passed could save […]


Political attacks

Dear Editor: The Guerra family has always been committed to community service. We are proud of being a part of Downey and love our city. When Mario asked […]


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. […]


Obamacare open enrollment

Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance coverage from the government marketplace is proposed to begin Nov. 15. People who plan to shop healthcare.gov should understand the rules or […]


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 […]


Medical marijuana laws

Voters in seven states, one U.S. territory, and at least 17 cities and counties across the nation will face a marijuana initiative when they go to the polls […]


Failures in math and science education beginning to add up

Americans could use a crash course in math. According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math are vacant for more […]


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, […]


Smokers

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. […]


The President and Congress should work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have […]


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 […]


The summer of our discontent

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs […]


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 […]