Games began and ended years ago

As the 2016 Summer Olympic Games wind down (just in time to turn your attention to the Little League World Series) I’m realizing my own summer games have been long gone. In my late teens and 20s, as is the case with most of those professiona [..]

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Enjoy it until it’s time to enjoy again

It is to the point where it is as expected as a Memorial Day sunburn. It occurs with more regularity than campaign half-truths, double speak and blather. If it were a heavenly body it would be the sun given that you can count on it day after day, yea [..]

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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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Law stops police from taking property

The California state legislature took a step toward reinstating reason and common sense this week when both houses passed Senate Bill SB-443. Now Gov. Jerry Brown has to follow the lead of state senators Ben Hueso and Marty Block as well as assembly [..]

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Some slow to change but change nonetheless to survive

When my husband was seven years old, he got his first job. The owner of the corner store in his neighborhood in Mexico City offered him a position stocking shelves and running errands.  As the oldest child, he was proud to help the family. Hi [..]

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