Joe Mathews

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Trader Joe’s Lets Us Be Snobs at Reasonable Prices

For years, I’ve told children, newspaper editors, and other credulous people that I’m the Joe of Trader Joe’s. That’s a lie. But it’s true that the store and I grew up in the very same neighborhood. As a Pasadena child, I would ride my bike two blocks from ...
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These Immigrants are Making Healthcare More Human

Immigrants, already essential  to California healthcare, will  become even more important in the future. Today, one in six medical professionals, and nearly one-third of physicians, are foreign-born, and man...

Time for Yosemite and Humanity to Take a Break?

The road to Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park is closed to cars, and the shuttle bus wasn’t running. Would the Three Stooges—my sons, ages 10, 8 and 5—agree to a 2 ½ mile uphill hike to see Yosemite’s signature sequoias? This month I made my first tr...
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Universal Service Will Put the ‘Us’ Back in USA

“The President of The United States, Greeting: YOUR NAME HERE You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the ARMED FORCES of the UNITED STATES. …”  —  Draft notice salutation, circa 1968 U....

Should Google or Your Taxes Help Pay for Local News?

Whose job it is to revive local journalism in California? Our state’s elites have a clear, if dubious answer: themselves. Opinion Joe Mathews Philanthropists and foundations have invested in news nonprofits, like the Voice of San Diego. An...
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