Nose for contemplation

Does the Sweetwater Union High School District have a drug problem? Should the South County’s high school district be renamed Bongwater HSD? Those are a couple of questions that came to mind after reading a letter posted on various high scho [..]

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To be the best you have to be open

It was around March when two local councilman got into a gastronomical bragging contest. National City councilman Luis Natividad and Chula Vista Councilman Rudy Ramirez eachproclaimed their respective cities were home to the best menudo in Sou [..]

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Labor Day marks the end of summer but the beginning of fun

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Sept. 6, 2013.

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A quarter of a century later she’s still doing good work

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Sept. 05 2008.

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Not just a walk in the park

Last week I outlined what the San Diego County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team was all about, their training, equipment and mission. This group is made up of people who are interested in more than a nice hike in the woods or hills, carrying a [..]

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They will find you

Growing up in Flint, Michigan I was the youngest kid in the neighborhood. When playing football with the big guys, they usually let me participate so they could practice their tackling. But, other than sports, I was often told to "get lost." I don [..]

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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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