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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 tha...

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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...

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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 13...

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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 wi...

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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, "Civilizati...

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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 family. ...

  • 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 o...

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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 en...

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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 year...

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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 mo...

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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 u...

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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 m...

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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 tea...

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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 importan...

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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 As...

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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 upc...

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    Spring Break in Cuba!
    by Henry Bassman
    February 29, 2012

    I am going to Cuba for Spring Break with a group of students from Drew University.  We will be on a humanitarian mission to bring...

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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 i...

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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 Monday....