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Letter to the Editor: January 22, 2015

Dear Editor, I would like to express my feelings and those of other good people in Sun City Center about the possible closing of the Ace Hardware store.  We would…

Observations: One night in January

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Alec Baldwin looked like hell. Well, at least compared with his television character persona, he did. But compared with everyone else, he looked perfectly normal. His hair…

Observations: Thank you

Observations: Thank you

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I once thought the best Christmas present I had ever received came at the age of about nine. That present was an H.O. gauge train set. I…

Observations: Changing perspective in the New Year

Observations: Changing perspective in the New Year

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A bare curly fluorescent bulb protruding from the ceiling lights the apartment across the street. I walk out of our apartment and look up and it seemed so…

Talking about home for the holidays

Talking about home for the holidays

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For the first time in my life, I don’t have a “home” to go to for Christmas. Of course, my wife Michelle and I aren’t homeless —…

Letter to the Editor: December 24, 2014

Is it really about communism? Dear Editor, How much longer are we going to be held hostage by the Cuban community in Miami? Think about it. We don’t deal with…

Observations: Answering calls

Observations: Answering calls

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The woman who opens the bodega down the street each morning is too little to open the steel anti-theft shutters by herself. So she arrives at work…

Letters to the Editor: December 11, 2014

Dear Editor, The results of the vote in SCC are clear and simple and so is the message to our board. We don’t think we need a new theater. We…

Observations: Anti-social media

Observations: Anti-social media

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’m becoming increasingly aware of the notion that permanence is nothing more than an illusion. When I was a younger man, a week, a day or even…

Observations: Love more, flip off less

Observations:  Love more, flip off less

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is Thanksgiving. It is a holiday of some myth but largely of faith and gratitude. Over the centuries, it remains appropriately named to a true meaning:…

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