Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: Through your eyes

Christopher Hitchens passed away on December 15, 2011. Almost certainly, somewhere a self-proclaimed Christian celebrated. Hitchens, you see, was an unrepentant atheist.
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Symmes Elementary welcomes new principal

Symmes Elementary School principal Dr. Julie Hasson...
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A Florida son on the high plains: A love story

Frank Garcia wears many hats but he is never not a paleontologist....
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An island of respite

An Observer News Florida feature. Photo gallery inside...
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Ribbons cut at Weichert Realtors, AB Family Medical Center

Chamber celebrates two businesses in Apollo Beach....
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Autumn, education and chilling out

Can you feel it? Little by little, the oppressive, seemingly relentless sweaty grip of summer is giving way to autumn....
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A new standard for law enforcement: It’s just how things are done here

“People have a First Amendment right to protest peacefully and within the lines of the law...”...
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An American dream

Most of us could literally and figuratively stick our fingers in our ears and say, “Nah, nah, nah, nah, I can’t hear you!” In theory, previous generations could have done that as well, but they probably would have starved to death....
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Welcome to Tampa Bay! Yes, the prison fences are gone

If normally peaceful and successful St. Paul could be so rocked, just think of what could happen in normally insane Florida?...
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Hundreds turn out for Riverview Chamber luncheon

The monthly meeting revealed growing success of chamber....
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Excuse me? I hope this isn't radioactive...

I can only hope people aren’t trying to tell me I’m on fire or holding something radioactive....
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Author info
image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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