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Circus acts

Dear Editor: I want to say thank you to Ringling Bros. for retiring the elephants. What the general public doesn’t realize is that in order for these animals […]


Our plan for countering violent extremism

Show the world the power of peaceful communities, and tackle bad governance that breeds frustration. Throughout our history, we have faced threats from aggression, genocide, chaos and dictatorship. […]


Sports coverage

Dear Editor: I understand that this is a fairly small paper, and perhaps there is funding issues with writing more, but this city has two public high schools, […]


Death and social media

Dear Editor: I wanted to just say that I don’t think anyone should be able to look at a family member’s social media feed after they die. (“Legislation […]


Melody Patterson

Dear Editor: I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers that in Downey, attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in the ‘60s, was Melody Patterson, who […]


Charity begins at home

Dear Editor: I just finished reading your editorial page today (Feb. 27, 2015). I read Ron Paul’s editorial and was disappointed that the charity, refugeforwomen.org, was essentially a […]


Senior meals

Dear Editor: The Human Services Association-sponsored Downey senior nutrition program is to be commended for bringing health and happiness into the lives of seniors. A senior citizen can […]


College admissions

Dear Editor: The Los Angeles Times (Feb 15, 2015) wrote an inspiring story about a Hispanic student from an impoverished family who has been admitted to Harvard University […]


Excessive letters

Dear Editor: Perhaps the Downey Patriot should consider changing its name to the Downey Elsalot. Tom Fray Downey   ********** Published: March 5, 2015 – Volume 13 – […]


California economy

Dear Editor: Last Year, I wrote a letter to the editor stating that America was in the toilet. The following week, several writers scolded me, saying how wrong […]


Tony Mendoza

Dear Editor: Why is state Sen. Tony Mendoza giving any validation to an op-ed published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune by forwarding it? The comment is that […]


Access to affordable healthcare available nationwide

Last month, I joined with federal and state legislators involved in passing the Affordable Care Act to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the case […]


Homeless vets

Dear Editor: Did you know there are close to 50,000 homeless veterans living in the United States today? That’s like 50,000 too many. My name is Fernando and […]


Learning to be a citizen

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand […]


Attack on arts

Dear Editor: For the record: Frank and Carol Kearns are two of the kindest, most generous, and selfless contributors to the Downey arts community we have. They are […]


Job openings in D.C.

Dear Editor: Our beloved President is now telling us that we must address the grievances of the Islamic terrorists, and Jan Psaki (just promoted to the White House […]


Children should be able to attend school where live-in parents work

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced a bill to allow children to attend school where their live-in working parents reside. SB 200 would update California’s school residency […]


Falcon rescue

Dear Editor: I wanted to set the record straight about your article in the Feb. 12 issue. My name is Rita Frederick and I am the person who […]


Ball estate

Dear Editor: Today I read the stories of Albert Ball and the beautiful mansion that once was (“History Denied: Ball Property Subdivided into Four Lots,” 2/19/15). I live […]


United front against ISIL

Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) issued the following statement after President Obama asked Congress for a three year reauthorization to continue a targeted military campaign against the terrorist group […]