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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    May 9, 2022

Let's unleash the entrepreneur

I started my first business in the fifth grade when I convinced a neighbor to allow me to cut her grass with her electric lawn mower. That project ended in immediate failure. The mower was powered by...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 18, 2022

Learning to appreciate the regular flu

I recommend the seasonal flu — but please allow me to explain. About a week ago, I felt suddenly rundown and weak. I just wanted to lie down. I thought nothing of it at the time. My family is facing...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 4, 2022

What is a woman?

I’m glad there’s widespread confusion about what a woman is. I’ve been confused my entire life. In the most basic sense, the difference between a male and a female is that a female has two X...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 14, 2022

Old family photos bring new perspective

My mother and father keep our old photos in their hall closet in a sturdy old Pabst Blue Ribbon box. Sifting through old photos is a glorious experience — one, we now know, that relieves aches and...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 7, 2022

Ukraine's hero in chief

Their bravery inspires. As I sit safely in the cozy office in my home writing this column, the people of Ukraine are greeting Putin's massive military invasion with incredible defiance and courage. Th...

 

Four-day workweek? I wish.

Three-day weekends sound good to me. According to Business Insider, a movement is afoot for companies to offer employees four-day work weeks — 10 hours a day over four days, rather than eight hours...

 

Thin mints should be our next government ban

The federal government should ban them. Girl Scout cookie season is upon us, my friends - the most agonizing of all the seasons. Dieters with ever-worsening health like me, who need to lose weight,...

 

We've got our eyes on you, 2022!

Hello, 2022. We hope you're not expecting to get the honeymoon treatment that most New Years have gotten throughout history. You see, 2022, most of us are very cranky here in the U.S.A. and we have...

 

The AOC's of student loan debt

‘Tis the season for giving — or, for some legislators, a good time to demand that the government force taxpayers to give others a large gift. A few weeks ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to...

 

The merry return of Christmas cards

Christmas card trends are telling — they speak to the mood of the country — and this year’s trend offers some positive news. According to the Washington Post, hand-written “snail-mailed...

 

The best Christmas gift is time

Our time is the best gift we can give to our friends and family this Christmas. Nobody knows how much time we have on Earth - nobody knows when our time will end. We all have friends and loved ones...

 

Just say no to unaffordable spending

I wish I had a change of heart, but I still can't support it. Back in 2009, long before I got my beloved 11-month-old puppy, Thurber, I was critical of a proposed federal bill that sought tax...

 

The rise and fall of the shopping mall

My buddies Ayres and Klinger and I walked its crowded corridors for hours on Friday nights, hoping to meet girls. That's what we did at South Hills Village Mall in the late 1970s, when we were teens...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    October 4, 2021

Is it Autumn for America?

The autumn leaves are expected to be extra vibrant this year in Pennsylvania, though they are changing colors a week later than is normal. That's fitting. Very few things are "normal" this year....

 

Service dogs heal the trauma of war

Our botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is hard to witness, but hearing the reports of Taliban brutality is even worse. The U.S. Sun reports that “women face having ‘fingers cut off for using...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 2, 2021

Striking up some ratings for the Olympics

Maybe croquet could improve the ratings for the 2021 Summer Olympics? Please allow me to explain. The COVID-delayed 2020 Olympics are on track to be the lowest watched games of the 21st century,...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 19, 2021

RVing trend good for civility

It’s an old dream of mine and I just may do it: Buy a travel trailer and live on the American road for weeks at a time. Recreational vehicle living is a growing trend, particularly for younger...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 12, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful days, Jack

Every night, just before bed, he’d thank his bride of 70 years for giving him another wonderful day on earth. That was the sweet-hearted nature of Jack Krieger, my family’s next-door neighbor for...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 5, 2021

Civic lessons for the Fourth of July

You can become an American citizen by being born in the U.S., or you can become one by getting “naturalized.” Becoming naturalized is a heck of a lot harder. It not only means having to meet all...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 21, 2021

My dad taught me how

Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death, or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities? Rob Kenney offers...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 14, 2021

The dying art of conversation

Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication? According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between bein...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 7, 2021

Saving our elders from the dirty rotten scammers

I just got another scam phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, and my blood is boiling. When I answered my phone — from the 480 area code in Arizona, far...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    May 24, 2021

Fighting off cyberscammers

Everyone is at risk of being scammed now. The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was a wakeup call for everyone in America. Ransomware is malicious software that cyberscammers use to...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 26, 2021

The high price of a modest roof

The cost of construction materials has gone through the roof – if you can still afford a roof, which isn’t very affordable right now. All I wanted to do was build a modest roof over my modest...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 19, 2021

Baseball strikes out on politics

You can’t escape politics anywhere now – not even in America’s once great pastime, baseball. A “pastime,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “something that amuses and serves...

 

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