Getting to bottom of topless issue

Fortunately for me it was a young female who publicly raised an issue of gender equality, otherwise, had I brought it up, I’d be regarded —rightly or wrongly — as a middle-aged wannabe ogler. Twenty-something Anni Ma was the face [..]

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If they build it who will come?

Fortunately there's going to be a part two to the Otay Ranch amendment hearing because there is plenty more to digest (though in reality you have to wonder if it’s a formality given how highly developers are regarded by some members of the cou [..]

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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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Working to keep someone out of prison a change for former cop

Editor's note: While Tom Basinski receives hospice care, The Star-News is publishing archived columns. This column first appeared May 20, 2011.

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Troubled by feelings about the police

When photographer Rick Eaton passed along a photo of Chula Vista police subduing a man outside the El Primero in April, I felt a sense of relief mixed with a smidge of joy and a pinch of pride. Followed by a tablespoon of consternation. The suspec [..]

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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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When you're a child and struggling, it's easy to lose sight of the reward

It's hard to come to school in worn-out shoes with ill-fitting clothes and dirty hair. It's hard when you don't have a backpack, when your homework isn't done, when you can barely read or write. It's hard to be homeless in the fifth grade. It [..]

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To medicate or not to medicate ... that is the question

Jacob explodes into the room, shouting, “TEACHER! I THINK I FORGOT TO TAKE MY MEDS TODAY BUT IT’S OK BECAUSE I’M GOING TO BEHAVE, I PROMISE!” I put my hands on his shoulders, no easy feat as he is six inches taller than me. [..]

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