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Unassuming heroes

Unassuming heroes

PUBLISHED OCT. 27, 2016 Unassuming heroes By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Jack Garman died on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the age of 72. In the annals of history, he will remain…

Who are we?

Who are we?

Who are we? By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net He approached me as I was leaving the laundromat in Ruskin. He apparently assumed that he had only seconds to speak before I’d…

Setting a course

Setting a course

Setting a course By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net On a beautiful September Saturday, I stood on the seawall at the yacht club and marina in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and gazed out…

Camping out in an airport

Camping out in an airport

PUBLISHED SEPT. 1, 2016 Camping out in an airport By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net The flight was affordable and had an excellent on-time record. It would land in the city in…

The barbers

The barbers

PUBLISHED AUG. 4, 2016 The Barbers By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net The building is from a different era. Open the door and walk from the heat into the cool of the…

The thin blue line

The thin blue line

PUBLISHED JULY 14, 2016 By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Perhaps there simply are no answers. Or, perhaps more likely, the answers are multi-generational in that we could only begin today, but…

Living in three-quarter time

Living in three-quarter time

PUBLISHED JUNE 16, 2016 Observations:  Living in three-quarter time By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net In late 2001, I was a brand-new reporter for The Observer News. My first article, a photo…

Observations: Paths in a great nation

Observations: Paths in a great nation

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN June 9, 2016 — In a wealthy nation, it seems that many people are equally blessed and cursed to have a choice in life between a path…

Observations: America in the laundromat

Observations: America in the laundromat

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN You give up any expectation of privacy in the laundromat. You are left to fold your underwear in plain view of everyone else washing their clothes. It…

Things changed and so did I

Things changed and so did I

Things changed and so did I By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The view from the haul-out well at the St. Petersburg marina offered a near-perfect dichotomy. Looking down the water were Palm…