Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: Congress, ignorance and better angels

Congress is a mess. Some of the mess is by design.
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At area Publix: I can hear you now

The hearing loop allows the voice of the cashier, pharmacist or customer service representative to be piped directly into the hearing aids, greatly reducing background noise while increasing clarity....
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Observations: Where integrity lies

The Internet and a 24-hour news cycle has made it possible for people to vilify and condemn the truth....
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Snooty, on his 65th birthday

It turns out that Snooty is a full-fledged member of the AARP...
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The weather is here...

The seemingly endless stream of thunderstorms that have passed through the Tampa Bay area may possibly have some hardcore sun worshipers feeling the effects of ...
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Observations: Silver linings

Sometimes you have to find the silver linings wherever you can....
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At area marinas, it’s just like old times only better

Kevin Lefler wondered about death, sold his Tampa plumbing business and retired. Today he is finding new life with a new business operating the marinas at Little Harbor. His focus is entirely on the boaters....
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With a labor of love, he has something to prove

Kelly Emerson has combined the music in his DNA from a famous father with designs in his mind to fill some big shoes. It turns out, the shoes were his own....
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Progress, but bullets still fall on 4th

Sadly, at least one life was taken during the holiday when a 7-year-old boy in Virginia was struck in the head by a falling bullet while holding hands with his father....
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Observations: A test of faith?

My faith may be shaken but apparently I still have hope....
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HCFR builds tomorrow’s heroes

Twenty young people from around Hillsborough County took part in the HCFR Summer Youth Academy....
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Observations: Clinging to the building blocks of history

I’m beginning to wish that we had something that said, “We were here and we believed.”...
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For the Firehouse Cultural Center’s first executive director, the road led her home

Once a Fulbright Scholar in London and an executive with an arts center in New York, Georgia Vahue has come home to the Firehouse Cultural Center....
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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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