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Tom Purcell

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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.