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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 29, 2020 

Kids, pedal them pandemic blues away!

Here’s one good thing about the COVID-19 pandemic: Bike sales are booming. I hope that means kids will begin riding in big numbers again. There was...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 22, 2020

The blessings of having a stubborn father

My father’s mission was to tame the stupidity out of me – a powerful blessing too few children are experiencing now. My dad had his work cut out...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 8, 2020

One disruptive hand ruins work made light by many

It was a perfect late-spring Saturday. Several members of my large extended family gathered at my parents’ house to trim hedges and plant flowers....

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    May 11, 2020

Lessons on homeschooling

Dear Ms. Beardsley, I hope you’re doing well. I miss seeing you and my classmates at school every day, but homeschooling is working out well for...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 2, 2020

Kids have to make names for themselves

Get this: New parents are giving newborns outlandish names— so they’ll stand out on social media. That’s according to a new survey of British...

 

Family landlines better than smartphones for teens

When my childhood home got a phone call, it was an event. That was partly because my father, a longtime phone-company employee, installed four...

 

George Washington's ignored example

Have I benefited from nepotism and cronyism? Sure. But at least I feel guilty about it. Nepotism, says Dictionary.com, is “patronage bestowed or fav...

 

Let it snow

We could use a good snowstorm right about now. I love a good dusting of snow. I love how it disrupts our routines and throws everything out of whack....

 

OK, Tail-end Boomer

I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme. I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too....

 

The best Christmas gifts don't come from stores

What’s the best gift you ever received? Whatever it was, it surely wasn’t a material item bought in a store. An experience, rather than a...

 

Driving an 'underwater' car is no fun

What’s the best car on the road? One that’s paid off. That’s what my father loves to say. Regrettably, too many Americans aren’t heeding his a...

 

This Nov. 11, help stem the tide of Veteran suicides

The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual...

 

Today's bullies are online. So is help for them and their victims,

My sister Kris kicked the tar out of Frankie Leper. It happened in 1972 after Leper, a notorious neighborhood bully, busted up my handmade go-kart,...

 

'Fall back' to putting life's small joys ahead of politics

Autumn has arrived. I can't think of a better time to put priorities back in order. You see, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds that...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    October 7, 2019

Make this a beautiful day in your neighborhood

Tom Hanks is right: We should be allowed to start off our days feeling good. Hanks stars as Fred "Mister" Rogers in the movie "A Beautiful Day in the...

 

Americans Unite: The Martians are coming!

An invasion from outer space might do America some good. And maybe one's coming? In June, Politico reported a top Republican on the House Homeland...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 26, 2019

Unleashing entrepreneurs good for us all

Here's some great news: The American entrepreneur is flourishing again. From 1980 until 2017, "the number of new startups formed each year......

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 5, 2019

Elderly beware: scams on the rise

A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother. The young male caller pretended to be her grandson. He said he'd been arrested for fishing...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 29, 2019

Opinion: Our childish politicians need kindergarten lessons

We could use a hearty dose of Robert Fulghum wisdom about now. Our political discourse is at a fever pitch. Our allegedly esteemed elected leaders...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 8, 2019

Buy a home! You'll benefit - but be miserable

Why do I want more Americans to buy homes? Because misery loves company. The Wall Street Journal reports most American renters believe homeownership i...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Features    June 24, 2019

Our national debt is out of control, but nobody seems to care

Breaking news: Federal spending is out of control. I'm kidding, of course. Spending, deficits and debt have been out of control for years. It's just...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 3, 2019

Time to retire Social Security numbers

Like most people, I didn’t think much about my Social Security number – until I got a bizarre call from a total stranger. “Hello?” I answered...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    May 27, 2019

Honor the fallen by hiring veterans

With your military service complete, you're eager to return home and get on with life in the private sector. Surely, in a booming economy, you'll...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 8, 2019

Tax time: Better to laugh than cry

Tax season is upon us, which gives us a choice: Laugh or cry. I choose to laugh. Dave Barry offers useful advice for getting through this trying...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 25, 2019

Erasing capitalism? Consider the pencil first

Socialism is back in vogue in some quarters. According to the website of dictionary maker Merriam-Webster, socialism is a political theory that...

 

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