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    Remembering Our Obligation - Memorial Day 2014

    By Henry Bassman | May 27, 2014

    Memorial Day is a wonderful day in Summit.  We hold an old-fashioned hometown parade to the Village Green.  In a beautiful ...

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    The Last Newpaper Reader

    By Henry Bassman | March 28, 2014

    It has been a long time since I posted a column here.  I just ran out of things to say and time to say it.  Writing a column ...

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    Peggy Noonan and Political Hypocrisy in America

    By Henry Bassman | June 17, 2013

    I often find the hypocrisy of a certain class of Republican thought leaders amusing.  When they pretend to discover something that ...

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    Bring Them All Home

    By Henry Bassman | May 26, 2013

    The following is what I will say at the Summit, NJ Memorial Day event.  I learned of Sgt. Bergdahl only a few weeks ago.  As a ...

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    Local Cancer Victim to Be Remembered in Relay for Life

    By Henry Bassman | March 22, 2013

    Ben Zukoff will be remembered in the Rutgers University Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this April 12 and ...

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    Physical Therapy for Life

    By Henry Bassman | January 23, 2013

    Lying on my back with four pound weights on my ankles, I lifted my feet into the air.  Ten times with the left foot, ten times with ...

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    Is Newtown an Omen of National Suicide?

    By Henry Bassman | December 20, 2012

    The great historian Arnold J. Toynbee, who documented the rise and fall of civilizations in a 12-volume history said,

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    He and His Shadow

    By Henry Bassman | November 29, 2012

    It is always nice to welcome a new addition to your family.  Today, I am officially announcing a new addition to our ...

  • Sandy Sweeps Summit

    By Henry Bassman | November 5, 2012

    A week after Hurricane Sandy and Summit, NJ is still struggling to get back to normal.  Immediately after the storm, 90 percent of ...

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    Election Overdose

    By Henry Bassman | October 16, 2012

    I am fed up to "here" with this election.  The campaign started during last year's baseball season and won't end ...

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    Football Magic

    By Henry Bassman | September 25, 2012

    I have a love-hate relationship with football.  On the love, side, I am an avid fan of high school football.  I think it is ...

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    Considering the Conventions

    By Henry Bassman | September 12, 2012

    The 2012 political conventions are over. Much of what was said has been forgotten. This is to remind us of what happened just a couple ...

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    One Year Later

    By Henry Bassman | September 4, 2012

    Last August I embarked on a new adventure - writing a column under my own name. I have been a professional writer for the last 40 years,

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    Hypnotic Olympics

    By Henry Bassman | August 9, 2012

    I am not a sports fan but I have been mesmerized by the Olympics for the past week. The athletes do things with their bodies a mere ...

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    Two-Cent Lemonade

    By Henry Bassman | July 18, 2012

    What the U.S. needs is a good two-cent glass of lemonade. In an attempt to be a good guy I learned once again that no good deed goes ...

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    Why Not Me?

    By Henry Bassman | June 27, 2012

    Did you ever wonder "Why not me?" when you thought of people who did the same or similar stuff you did and they were hurt or ...

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    Giants of My Youth III

    By Henry Bassman | June 8, 2012

    My Grandmother Rose, described herself as a tough old bird.  And she was!  But she always had a soft spot in her heart for ...

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    Thank a Teacher

    By Henry Bassman | May 29, 2012

    As the school year comes to a close, I think of Mabel Staats.  Though short in stature, she was the most intimidating English ...

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    Memorial Day 2012: Looking Back with Sadness and a Smile

    By Henry Bassman | May 28, 2012

    Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day. For most of us it marks the beginning of summer; it is an extra day off, a day to go shopping, to the ...

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    Asking Wrong Questions

    By Henry Bassman | May 8, 2012

    Our public debate is too often focused on the wrong questions.  In an age of sophisticated public persuasion, it is more important ...

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    Spring Green

    By Henry Bassman | May 5, 2012

    As a boy, getting a new box of Crayola crayons was a big event.  Getting an eight-crayon box brought limited appreciation; it was ...

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    A Paean to Nurses

    By Henry Bassman | April 10, 2012

    Suddenly I am awake – surrounded by strangers, highly agitated, and frightened – Where am I? The smiling face of a thin ...

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    My Aching Back

    By Henry Bassman | March 26, 2012

      I am now in bed waiting for surgery on my back. The same surgeon who repaired my back twenty years ago will perform the ...

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    No Free Flights

    By Henry Bassman | February 22, 2012

    I thought I would take advantage of a "free trip" to Miami using frequent flier points.  I learned, once again, there is ...

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    Welcome Back Winter

    By Henry Bassman | January 21, 2012

    It has finally snowed, two months later than it should have, and the forecasters are telling us to expect temps. in the 50s on ...

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