Democrats have tough act to follow

I am grateful to the GOP. The comical diversion that is the Republican National Convention was a welcome distraction from the now routine reports of police abuse, mass shootings, government coups (thwarted and otherwise) and annihilation of civilians [..]

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Thanks for your service, now get out

Supporters, family and advocates waited at the U.S.-Mexico border on a recent Friday afternoon. And waited. And waited some more. The waiting isn’t anything new—despite government and business leaders’ chirps of expedited crossin [..]

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Walking a mile in his shoes could be a delicious endeavor

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.

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Women of Chula Vista prepare for a centennial milestone

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.

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North of the border advice for new cops sounds familiar

Since his death earlier this year The Star-News has published archived columns of Tom Basinski’s Behind Police Lines. This final installation first appeared Aug. 16, 2013.

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In Murdertown, USA cops are few but politicians plentiful

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.

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June is ripe time for picking

June means fruit tree overload for many yards and gardens as favorable spring conditions cause trees to produce more than they can handle June drop...

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Bright colors ahead

In April gardeners begin to see the fruits of their labors from the past months as their gardens come into full bloom and become ripe...

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Author's words of wisdom

This column's subject is a result of my flat out hero worship for the legendary Ray Bradbury, who died last year. I began reading him at age 12, and was captivated by his skills as a wordsmith. His remarkable authorship of more than 80 books, sto [..]

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Surviving a flood and the city

Two old palm trees mark the driveway to an exquisite Victorian orchard house, located east of Albany on Main Street, north of the Otay River. The house belonged to Isaac Smith in 1891. It changed ownership several times up to the Depression, when [..]

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Just a few weeks into summer and it has already been a long one

It's only mid-July and it’s already been a long and frustrating summer. One child is in summer school, which binds us to the rhythm of homework and reasonable bedtimes and the continued pressure of grades.  The other child is job-hunting, [..]

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DACA opened doors leading to opportunities for the motivated

The Perez family's tiny apartment is dotted by certificates, diplomas and awards. Wrestling trophies are proudly displayed. A graduation picture is stuck to the refrigerator by a magnet. It is clear that the Perez boys are on their way to success. [..]

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