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Tom Purcell

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Purcell: It’s up to us to realize Dr. King’s dream

We’ll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy next week. In these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words’ truth, civility and wisdom.

Purcell: Joy, wonder, laughter children’s Christmas gifts to adults

I love Christmas. I love it because my mother has worked hard to make the day magical and eventful for her family for more years than she will permit me to share!

Purcell: I’m dreaming of a debt-free Christmas

Merry debt-fueled Christmas, America! According to a recent NerdWallet study, nearly 40 million Americans are still struggling to pay off credit-card debts from last Christmas.

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Purcell: Concierge doc shows way to lower health care costs

Much like small-town doctors years ago, he isn’t paid by a third-party insurance firm. He’s paid by me, directly, at a reasonable $115 monthly.

Purcell: Give more thanks — It’s good for you

“Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on our incredible blessings, but many Americans aren’t feeling very thankful?”

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Purcell: Effective wit a dying art in politics

Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

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Purcell: After Pittsburgh’s synagogue tragedy, start with Mister Rogers

Last Saturday morning, I heard police cars and ambulances racing past the coffeehouse - headed, I now know, to the tragic scene at the Tree of Life Synagogue just 4 miles away, where innocents were targeted as they worshiped.

Purcell: After Saudi visit, ‘freedom’ just another word for home sweet home

Like millions of Americans, I often took my incredible freedoms for granted - until I visited Saudi Arabia.

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Purcell: Dietary scientists, make up your minds!

Say it ain’t so: Alcohol in moderation is bad for us again!

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Purcell: Failing US citizenship

“If younger generations don’t know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!”

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Purcell: Jokes abound, but political divide no laughing matter

With all the vitriol in our politics - with all the disagreement that is tearing our country apart - we could all use some levity about now.

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Purcell: Spendthrift idioms define congress

“Republicans like to talk about fiscal discipline, but when they have control of Congress they spend like drunken sailors!”

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Purcell: Government jobs depend on gobbledygook

Despite a 2010 law that requires federal agencies to describe rules and regulations in plain language, most government writing is STILL unintelligible. I met with my federal-bureaucrat mole, Deep Gib-berish — and his interpreter — for answers.

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Purcell: Recalling 9/11: We’re not so divided after all

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving along the Beltway to a Falls Church, Virginia, office building when a radio announcer said a plane had flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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Purcell: The higher tech gets, the ruder we get

Our rapidly growing incivility started with the invention of the telephone-answering machine.

Purcell: School lunch bell signals another round in fight

It’s back-to-school week for millions of American children, which means it’s time to debate the federal government’s role in deciding what our kids should eat for lunch.

Purcell: Why homeownership pressure is good

Younger generations buying fewer homes than prior generations is not good for America. A recent Urban Institute study found home ownership among millennials, ages 25 to 34, is about 8 percent lower than it was for prior generations at the same age.

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Purcell: Americans too worried to vacation

“Here we are in peak vacation season, but I’m afraid to take my paid vacation time off!”

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Purcell: Home alone no way to work

Just as more private-sector organizations are calling telecommuting workers back to the office, two politicians in Washington hope to encourage federal agencies to allow more government employees to work from home.

Purcell: D.C. vs Pittsburgh

Washington, D.C., routinely ranks high in surveys on America’s most livable cities, but as somebody who’s been a resident of both areas, I can tell you that Pittsburgh’s a far better place to live.

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Purcell: Wearing out longevity’s welcome

Boy, are Americans getting old.

Purcell: Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

Purcell: Illuminating Independence

Burgers on the grill, great discounts at retail stores and amazing fireworks — that’s why I love the Fourth of July!

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Purcell: Skilled trades beat degree debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.

Purcell: For happiness, head for the hills

In my experience, the study’s findings are true.

Purcell: For Memorial Day — serving those who serve us

Every Memorial Day, we remember those who died during active military service.

Purcell: The evolving American prom

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same.

Purcell: For Mother’s Day, embracing our lost sense of humor

“You’ve lost your sense of humor, and you need to get it back!”

Purcell: The growing art of American cursing

Get this: the average American can’t get through the day without cursing.

Purcell: Nuclear Fusion is federal bloat’s silver lining

“The lousy Republicans are supposed to decrease federal spending and get our deficit under control, not blow the budget even more!”

Purcell: Narcissism and the Republic: ‘Me the people?’

Boy, is narcissism getting out of hand with younger generations.

Purcell: Time to nurture America’s Irish-inspired sense of humor

It’s always grand in March of every year to pour myself a pint of Guinness and enjoy the glorious Irish wit.

Purcell column: So long, foods of my 1970s childhood

“High-end consumers are shifting toward fresher items with fewer processed ingredients, while cost-conscious shoppers are buying inexpensive store brands,” reports The Journal.

Purcell column: George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

“What do you mean that America’s youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?”

Purcell column: Relax, things are pretty good

“The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess.”

Purcell column: Hey, Feds, take your ethanol mandate and shovel it

It’s time for Congress and the president to roll back the ethanol mandate.

Purcell column: Frigid winter SAD for anti-Trumpers

Boy, it’s cold across America.

Purcell column: Reformed, but not simplified

If only tax simplification were true.

Purcell column: Cheers to lower beer taxes

Like or hate the Republican tax-reform plan, here’s one thing we can all cheer: Beer taxes are going down.