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Observations: Living and learning in the present

Observations: Living and learning in the present

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For the second night in a row, Sammy cried before falling asleep. We could see the pain in his brown eyes and in his soft, furry face.…

Just a Thought

By JASON MARTIN It will never cease to amaze me how much things can change in a day. Now you add six more days, and everything is upside down. I…

Just a Thought

By JASON MARTIN I have an Art degree, so I must be a liberal Democrat. But I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, which demands right-wing Republican ideals. I truly…

Just a Thought

By JASON MARTIN Ruskin and surrounding areas, lend me your eyes. As I look at the upcoming presidential election, I have no preference as to a victor. Again I find…

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Perhaps it is such that the dead are milestones for the living. Rock star, actor, human transformer, and perhaps a man who really did fall to Earth,…

My Vision for America

My Vision for America

By PETER CHAN Voice of Democracy essay contest winner, VFW Post 4321, Tampa   My vision for America is simply the following: I envision an America that has returned to…

Observations: Serendipity

Observations: Serendipity

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Sixty years ago, a newspaper in Colorado Springs made a typo on a Sears Roebuck advertisement. Sears was offering children the opportunity to call and talk to…

Observations: Merry Christmas. And thank you.

Observations: Merry Christmas. And thank you.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For nearly as long as I’ve been sharing the stories of South Hillsborough and beyond in the pages of this wonderful newspaper, I’ve known Barbara Jones, the…

Letter to the Editor: December 17, 2015

Dear Editor, I sincerely feel the judging of the 2015 Golf Cart Parade was totally unfair, and many, many others who live in our communities would agree. I would like…

Observations: We’ve come to this

Observations: We’ve come to this

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In a different lifetime, I worked as a programmer for a large retail company. One particular project, with about 10 people on the team, was a big…

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