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 [..]
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.
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.
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.
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...
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 [..]
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, [..]
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. [..]