What you say and how you say it

I've never known Cheryl Cox to shinny up a tree so it caught my attention Tuesday when I heard her go out on a limb and propose discussion that wasn’t specific and exclusive to Chula Vista. The outgoing mayor isn’t a wallflower but it [..]

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Cameras don't lie, people do

As someone who is averse to being photographed or recorded, the ubiquity of camera phones and other recording devices is  unsettling. And while I’m still not likely to "selfie" in public or private, I’ve come to accept that the age [..]

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Sweet and delectable is this time of year in the South Bay

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Sept. 28, 2007.

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Writer pens a binational book on local role models

Editor’s note: The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared April 4, 1998

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She’s a friend to the library but probably not to the Bearcat

On Sept. 4, Imozelle McVeigh wrote a letter to the editor of the big daily newspaper down the street. She lauded the Chula Vista City Council for last year’s budgeting equal funds for library books as they did for bullets for the cops.Then, McV [..]

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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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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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