Open letter to North Pole resident

Hey, fat man, put me on the  in-between list. I belong somewhere in be­tween the naughty and nice spectrum rather than pigeonholed on one side or the other. As you read this letter and judge me — flip-flopped feet propped up on a st [..]

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Expressing thanks for dogs and Twitter

Some of the things for which I am grateful, in no particular order: Dogs. When people disappoint, frustrate, anger, irritate, bother, obstruct, confuse, cheat, beat, deceive, manipulate, insult or judge you, a dog will greet you as though you are [..]

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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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Separation from father can’t dampen child’s glowing spirit

"Teacher, I’m probably going to be sad all week." I looked down at Janessa, surprised.  She’s one of the most cheerful children in the class.  Articulate and inquisitive, she’s the child who asks me for extra homework [..]

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Sunny disposition keeps moods bright during gloomy days

Marina is beautiful. It's not just her long silky hair or her big dark eyes; it’s her 100-watt smile.  She’s a teacher’s dream in so many ways – cheerful, quick to volunteer to erase the whiteboard, pass out papers, or t [..]

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