Profiling has its practical uses

It's hard for me to get worked up about being profiled by police and stereotyped by strangers anymore. I used to seethe when a cop drove slowly past me, flip a U-turn, drive slowly by once more and eyeball me. And I used to rage internally whe [..]

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A forward looking birthday wish

Over the years I have bought my father some pretty sad birthday gifts. Books, mugs, ties, gift cards — it’s a challenge shopping for someone who, in all of your life, says he doesn’t need or want anything. (Mothers are invariably ea [..]

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Los Angeles library makes town worthwhile

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Oct. 26, 1996.

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It’s a merrie, merrie time when ukes come a-calling

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared July 17, 2009.

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Up for the challenge

(Flint, MI)—When I left Flint in 1970 the population was 193,317. The automobile factories ran three shifts, often seven days a week. Money was everywhere. Flint’s police department drove new Buicks every year. Life was good. Flint&rsq [..]

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Put your glazers on yum

(Clare, MI)—Here I am, back in Michigan attending my 50th high school class reunion. I told my doctors that my chemo regimen was controlling my life and I needed a break. They agreed, and my wife and I came back for five weeks. It’s great [..]

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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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