A few points of clarity
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I must take exception to the recent “This isn’t Oz” letter published in the November 14, 2013 edition of the Patterson Irrigator. A few points to clarify:

It is true that it’s “the Irrigator’s job and priority to keep us informed as to what is really going on in our communities”, and that is more than enough to fill the pages of this publication we are so fortunate to have. In fact, there is often so much going on in our little corner of the world that things spill over onto the newspaper’s website. Therefore, political / philosophical issues aside, there literally is no room in our local paper for national or international concerns or events.

It is also true that this country is divided, as it has been to one degree or another, for its entire history. However, the inference that those who suggest that our local paper stick to local news are ignoring the local “homelessness, robberies or gang problems” represents a curious leap in logic.

Further, it’s unclear to this reader how the “the liberal mindset” relates in any way to the question of whether the local newspaper should cover more than local events and issues.

I don’t recall meeting Ms. Griego on any of the community service-oriented committees or projects on which I am currently or have served. If she truly is interested in making her community a better place and needs any ideas on how to help do so, I would invite her to volunteer at the H.O.S.T. house; help Trust in Jesus Cuisine feed the homeless in North Park at lunchtime on weekdays; donate her time to helping the Westside Food Pantry (food is distributed on Thursdays, and help sorting and organizing is always needed beforehand); help someone learn to read; attend a Health, Wellness and Hunger Coalition meeting (with which I am involved) at 2:30 pm, second Tuesday of the month in the Council Chambers at City Hall; assist any of the other service groups / clubs / organizations that are active in our community; or serve in any other way that might occur to her to help make her community a better place to live.

There are many opportunities to help make our community better, if one is so inclined. And they all start with a focus on what’s happening, and where the needs are, locally. That is why there is no room for national politics in our local newspaper.

Jenifer West,

Patterson resident

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