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Tom Purcell

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Why do I want more Americans to buy homes? Because misery loves company.

By Tom Purcell July 1, 2019
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Here’s the worst part: He had every opportunity to choose life.

By Tom Purcell June 28, 2019
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Breaking news: Federal spending is out of control.

By Tom Purcell June 17, 2019
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My dad turns 86 next month. He never thought he’d live so long - or see as many Father’s Days as he has - because his parents both died far too young.

By Tom Purcell June 10, 2019
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America’s declining birthrate has given me pause.

By Tom Purcell June 4, 2019
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Like most people, I didn’t think much about my Social Security number - until I got a bizarre call from a total stranger.

By Tom Purcell May 27, 2019
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With your military service complete, you’re eager to return home and get on with life in the private sector.

By Tom Purcell May 20, 2019

Prom season is upon us. We all know what that means: More American adults are doing their proms all over again.

By Tom Purcell May 14, 2019
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I hope to be just like my mother one day.

By Tom Purcell May 7, 2019
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This Thursday is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, the one day every year when young people can learn — in person — about the work world of their parents or mentor.

By Tom Purcell April 23, 2019
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Boy, do I feel sorry for Lori Loughlin’s daughters.

By Tom Purcell April 15, 2019
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Spring has finally arrived in all its glory.

By Tom Purcell April 9, 2019

Tax season is upon us, which gives us a choice: Laugh or cry. I choose to laugh.

By Tom Purcell April 3, 2019

Sister Margaret Mary didn’t think she was up to the job.

By Tom Purcell March 26, 2019
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According to the website of dictionary maker Merriam-Webster, socialism is a political theory that advocates “governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”

By Tom Purcell March 18, 2019
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Ah, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us — which means it’s time for retailers, and too many other Americans, to perpetuate the “drunken Irishman” stereotype.

By Tom Purcell March 12, 2019

I’m so unhappy with my cable TV and internet services that I’m going to do what I’ve long dreamed of doing: Cancel my subscription!

By Tom Purcell February 20, 2019
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My Uncle Jimmy would’ve hated the late-model SUV I rented for a recent trip to New Jersey. I sure did.

By Tom Purcell January 28, 2019
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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.

By Tom Purcell January 14, 2019

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!

By Tom Purcell December 25, 2018

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.

By Tom Purcell December 10, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell November 26, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell November 20, 2018
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Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

By Tom Purcell November 12, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell October 29, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell October 23, 2018
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Say it ain’t so: Alcohol in moderation is bad for us again!

By Tom Purcell October 15, 2018
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“If younger generations don’t know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!”

By Tom Purcell October 12, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell October 3, 2018
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“Republicans like to talk about fiscal discipline, but when they have control of Congress they spend like drunken sailors!”

By Tom Purcell September 26, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell September 18, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell September 10, 2018
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Our rapidly growing incivility started with the invention of the telephone-answering machine.

By Tom Purcell September 5, 2018

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.

By Tom Purcell August 29, 2018

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.

By Tom Purcell August 28, 2018
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“Here we are in peak vacation season, but I’m afraid to take my paid vacation time off!”

By Tom Purcell August 13, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell August 7, 2018

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.

By Tom Purcell July 31, 2018
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Boy, are Americans getting old.

By Tom Purcell July 23, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell July 12, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell July 4, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell June 12, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell June 6, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell May 28, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell May 22, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell May 13, 2018

Dear Goddaughter, You nailed it!

By Tom Purcell May 9, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell May 2, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell April 5, 2018

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

By Tom Purcell March 28, 2018

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