No tuning out

Most everyone has a mouth, some of them bigger than others. So what are those of us who have ears to do when those mouths spout opinions we grow tired of hearing? Do we respond with our own thoughts, as well-informed or misguided as they may be, s [..]

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When history can be touched it’s real

Despite what people will emphatically tell you, I’m not completely clueless. (I said completely.) I know newspapers’ glory   days in the United States are behind them, as long gone as Donald Trump’s first claim to mo [..]

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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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The people who struggle may be the people you call neighbors

These people. You’ve seen them before. A perfect example is the woman in front of you in line at the grocery store paying for expensive brand-name cereal with WIC vouchers. You notice her neatly manicured fingernails, her smartphone, her [..]

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Even though the games have changed the struggle continues

I hate PE. This loathing goes back to elementary school. I was short and skinny and wore glasses — the trifecta of PE disgrace. I spent most Friday afternoons in grade school pressed against the handball wall trying simultaneously to be invi [..]

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