Do 'the right thing' by everyone
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Dear Editor:

I was taken aback by the letter written about the late Sam Cuellar in which he was accused of creating an atmosphere where gang members could not be stopped and questioned by the local police. Nothing could be further from the truth about Mr. Cuellar.

His son certainly clarified the circumstances his father was all too aware of, and it is known as racial profiling.

My favorite character in literature is Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird. I measure most men by that yardstick because, as hard as it might have been, this character always “did the right thing” by everyone, and it was certainly not easy in the south in that period.

If the author of the letter had known Sam, he would have recognized that Sam would have been the first one to have any family member make things right with the world if that were the occasion.

Mr. Cuellar would have never covered up for anyone, much less not supported local law enforcement. Mr. Cuellar had a way of calming people down and getting his point across without offending or agitating anyone.

To the gentleman who wrote the letter in the first place, please get the facts straight before you do any more character assassinations on Mr. Cuellar. He was a good man, and it was an honor to have known him!

Sincerely,

Mary Solorio-Brandt,

Patterson resident
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DirkMcGirt
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June 17, 2014
You are mistaken Mr. Cuellar. I have no quest. I don't have time for "quests". I have a job and taxes to pay. I work to ensure social services do not run out. I want everyone's EBT card, SNAP benefits and free lunches at school to continue. I don't want anyone's welfare check to bounce. I want the person in line in front of me at Save Mart who's buying all of their grocery's with an EBT Card to be able to continue to afford the Cadillac Escalade they drove up in. You know....the one with the really loud stereo and 22" wheels. This I know, when read of more drive by shootings, stabbings and hear sirens and the rattle of spray paint cans at 2:00 AM, I Sir will sleep better knowing you are out there advocating for real community solutions and bringing folks together. Hey Sergio, when you get those folks together, bring them by my place to help be remove the graffiti off my building!
Patterson2010
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June 18, 2014
Is your house getting tagged? What part of town do you live in? Just curious. I know it is getting bad around town overall

I heard the state is bring in Section 8 people over from the Bay Area to Patterson. Not sure if that is true.
DirkMcGirt
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June 16, 2014
By the way Mr. Cuellar, I am very proud of my name and our family heritage.
DirkMcGirt
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June 15, 2014
Mr. Cuellar, I have never claimed to have any insider knowledge. My point is that people are commenting as if they have first hand knowledge of what took place and they do not. I'm sure the Deputy would paint a different picture of what happened. Guess what Sergio, the gang problem is also real and alive in Patterson. I know this from the gang graffiti that is constantly being sprayed onto my property. I have been stopped by law enforcement in this City and others though out the U.S. I have never been harassed, mistreated or felt the need to run to the City Council and complain. The point of not investing in the hot spot areas is ridiculous and a cop out. So...if we spend money on a park and community center, the gang problem goes away? You ask about solutions. How about taking responsibility for your actions, be a productive member of the community and not blame everyone else for your problems. Also, sometimes people need to be locked up for crimes. That's why we have prisons. Yes. I want people to be arrested for committing crimes. There is only tension between the community and law enforcement when your breaking the law.
Cuellar.Sergio
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June 16, 2014
You are quick to dismiss peoples truths, naive in thinking that we all get a fair shake in this society, close minded to think of real solutions that help change a culture and neighborhoods, because taking all the "thugs" away will not bring a cleaner Felipe Garza Park, will not raise the unemployment rate in that east side community, will not create better educational and community engagement opportunities, nor stop the gangs and thats real! We can go back and forth all night and day on what should happen. I will continue to advocate for real community solutions that will bring folks together, resources to where they are needed the most. Good luck on your quest!
DirkMcGirt
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June 13, 2014
I would certainly like to here story from the Deputy's point of view. Edwardo Cuellar was not present when this took place and has no idea what "really" happened. Mrs.Solorio-Brandt don't be so quick to throw out the term "racial profiling", you to were not present! There are plenty of people in this town that need to be harassed and I'm sure that their parents would say that they are straight A students and never cause any problems.....they just needed a candy bar.
Cuellar.Sergio
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June 15, 2014
Anonymous fly in the car aka DirkMcGirt or whatever you like to hide behind- its funny to call folks out about who was "really" there, or knowing what "really" happened or who's truth is valid or not when you have yet to present your insider knowledge that you seem to have. Racial profiling is real and alive in Patterson, in California, and the nation. It takes a blind eye covered by privilege and ones own racist views to think that racial profiling is not and was not used in circumstances like this. Until you have been pulled over, a college graduate, in your hometown, and asked do you have any guns or drugs in your car, and told that you meet the description of someone they are looking for (young latino male with a shaved head wearing a white t-shirt) you will never understand racial profiling and will be quick dismiss it as "what needs to be done to make your community safe" cause God forbid those folks of color are the problem, dismissing the fact that we have not invested enough in providing space, opportunities, in those hot spot areas. So what solutions do you suggest besides harrassing, locking up and creating tensions between communities and law enforcement?


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