Where the grass grows

If and when all the lush green golf courses in the land dry up and blow up away during California’s eons-long drought, I won't shed more than a tear. I don’t play the game. I have better ways of walking slowly and wasting time — [..]

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What’s worthless may be worthwhile

As with most things, “it” is in the eye of the beholder. “It” can be anything: beauty, truth, justice, utility. For this particular exercise, it = worthless, as in: the gesture the city council made Tuesday night was worthless [..]

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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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Judgment against cops is a reminder that truth is elusive

The Star-News is publishing archived columns. This column first appeared April 16, 2010.

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Cops have the last laugh in: Case of the planted evidence

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared April 2, 2010.

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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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What else says made it in America other than a flag-waving Harley?

My husband recently installed a flag rack on the back of his Harley-Davidson to fly an American flag. It snaps in the wind as he rides, proclaiming that this biker is a proud American. It matches the flag patches he has affixed to his leather vests a [..]

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Important learning lessons include learning what you don’t know

"Ií, uvi, oni, komí, o’òn, iñu, uxa, ona, iín, uxi ... what comes next?" I shrug and laugh and wait to be taught again. Never mind that I have been taught already at least 100 times. My teachers are alway [..]

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