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Worthless votes

Dear Editor: A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the […]


Social inequality

Dear Editor: Regarding a recent letter of complaint titled “Measure O” in the Oct. 2 edition of the Patriot about illegals and their children costing taxpayers money because […]


City’s role in business

Dear Editor: In reply to the comments of Saroya Suni, and Barbara Alford, in last week’s Letters to the Editor: Unlike some places in the world, city government […]


Yes on Measure O

Dear Editor: I have been a Downey resident for over 35 years and was a Downey Unified School District employee before retiring a few years ago. My two […]


Furman Park track

Dear Editor: Furman Park is my lifeline. I walk at least 2-3 miles to clear my head in the welcoming shade and the soft earth. The park teems […]


A vote for Guerra

Dear Editor: If you can recall the past, I have twice written scolding letters regarding my feelings towards Mario Guerra. I would like to say that I am […]


Roybal-Allard seeks hearing on Ebola

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and the other Democratic members of the House of Representatives Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education Appropriations Subcommittee this week called for a subcommittee hearing […]


Math and science -- not just for rocket scientists

Looking to get rich? Try welding. For the third consecutive year, positions in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill, according to a Manpower Group survey of […]


Christmas decorations

Dear Editor: When I saw the flags decorating Downey Avenue for the food festival I remembered with fondness the lovely Christmas decorations we had at Downey Avenue and […]


Drought and the future of food

The almond harvest is almost complete in California, where a drought that may rank as the harshest in 500 years is pushing the price of one of the […]


Furman Park track

Dear Editor: Furman Park in Downey is involved in a huge project to install a walking trail around the perimeter of the park. The project also involves the […]


Charity gifts

Dear Editor: Some months ago I sent a small contribution to Paralyzed Veterans. Immediately I received a note of thanks with a package of labels with my name […]


Lynwood launches dual language immersion program

Bringing together both native English speakers and students still learning the English language, Lynwood Unified this year kicked off its new Dual Immersion Program, starting with kindergarteners at […]


Upscale options

Dear Editor: My family recently moved to Downey a few years ago. I agree with Misty Hausmann’s letter about higher-end stores. (Facebook Conversation, 9/18/14) I like bargains, but […]


The View

Dear Editor: A little background info, then my complaint. I lived in Downey, raised my three children there. Eleven years ago, the children grown and out of the […]


Attorney general

Dear Editor: It was good news to hear that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning. He should have resigned when a border patrol agent was killed because of […]


Banning plastic bags: giving up convenience for the greater good

Sending a powerful message nationally that the plastic pollution plague can be abated, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed landmark legislation that bans the distribution of single-use plastic shopping […]


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 […]