Taking currency at face value

As happy as I am for Harriet Tubman and her descendants, I’d be happier for Kat Mama had she been deemed worthy of having her face printed on a currency note — preferably the two-dollar bill. Kat Mama is no one of national significance [..]

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Favors, taxes may make you angry

Not a good week for blood pressure and anger management, but a stellar seven days for practicing relaxing, deep-breathing exercises. Even though the nation’s tax deadline was pushed back three days to April 18 (four if you are a lucky reside [..]

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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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Guts, planets and testing mandates leave a teacher wondering

The large intestine of an adult is approximately 22 feet long. The average fifth grader would weigh 300 pounds on Jupiter. Flowers have both male and female parts. The Earth is full of cyclical motion: the water cycle, the life cycle of a bu [..]

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Experience lets her see beyond what is in front of her

"One of the proudest days of my life was when the social worker from Section 8 called to tell me I didn’t qualify anymore.” Irma says with a smile. Growing up in Tijuana, she never imagined needing Section 8 housing assistance. She li [..]

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