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Approve the Keystone XL pipeline already

America’s 629,000 unemployed construction workers face a grim New Year. The recession brutalized their sector of the economy, and the recovery remains tepid. While the rest of the […]


Pipeline will cause damage beyond spills

Back in 2007, while I was working and living in Alberta and focused on the protection of watersheds, I organized a canoe expedition down the Athabasca River. The […]


A blueprint for economic revival

A new book by Apek Mulay, “Mass Capitalism: A Blueprint for Economic Revival,”  presents solutions to the economic problems threatening the United States as well as global economies […]


Missile defense can’t wait

Russia shows no sign that it is willing to de-escalate tensions with the West. Troops remain in Ukraine and continue to violate the cease-fire there, even as the […]


Now it’s time to focus on growing the economy

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market […]


Change in U.S. policy toward Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio: [Last week’s] announcement initiating a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba is just the latest in a long line of failed attempts by President […]


Illegal immigrants

Dear Editor: After reading the articles of Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (“Protect Parents of DREAMers from Deportation,” 11/27/14) and Linda Sanchez (“Executive Action is Bold Step in Right Direction,” […]


The Border Crisis

Mr. Speaker: Wherever I go, people express a growing anger over the illegal immigration that is overwhelming our southern border.  People ask me: •    “How can we talk […]


Civilized society

Dear Editor: Regarding the editorial by Patty Jackson titled “Police Shootings” (Letters to the Editor, 12/11/14). Patty Jackson calls for rewriting the law to change the way law […]


Reducing mental health stigma

It is not every day that someone comes across an individual who is experiencing a psychiatric crisis.  Chances are those who do, would not know how to respond.  […]


Extraordinary people

Dear Editor: Each night on the news we see people burning down, tearing down, looting and stealing, destroying what people who have worked very hard to make a […]


Crime report

Dear Editor: I have not received my copy of the Patriot the past two weeks. I would also like to know what happened to the Crime Report. I […]


121114-02-02
An open letter to Mario Guerra: Downey still needs you

Dear Mario: I’m hoping you read this letter. I know you’re a faithful reader of the Patriot, but just to be sure I’ve got your attention, I’ve placed […]


Downey Police gives back

Dear Editor: The staff of the Exchange Club Family Support Center of Downey would like to give a major shout-out of thanks to the Downey Chief of Police, […]


Immigration discussion

Dear Editor: I am constantly surprised at the level of hatred some residents express over certain topics. Not all the candidates I voted for were elected, but I […]


Salty stocking stuffers

Dear Editor: The season of giving is upon us and no two gifts could be more thoughtless than lottery scratchers and a star in the star registry. By […]


Football game refereeing

Dear Editor: Just wanted the paper to know the catch by Stacy Chuckwumezie that was ruled not a catch was not the only blunder the referees made during […]


Ron Paul Revolution: GOP’s last best hope

Some argue that Ron Paul was never relevant, that he was simply a gadfly who never accomplished anything legislatively. Others, myself included, argue that maybe, just maybe, the […]


Bad science, worse policy

Fossil-fuel emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, will result in “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems,” warns a new report from […]


Kaiser hospital

Dear Editor: Last Monday, I was once again transported to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Downey, where I spent that day in the emergency room […]