October 12, 2016
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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.
Is technology innovation doing us more harm than good?
“Celebrating the holidays with friends and family the past few weeks was great, but I”m tired, bloated and crabby.”
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!
I thought Facebook knew too much about me, but it turns out Google is even worse.
Before the NFL season began, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell told ESPN, “I want to play.
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.
Good grief! With everything in everyday American life politicized, count on someone, somewhere, being offended by something, anything – even classic Christmas TV specials.
As physicals go, it was the most thorough I’d ever gotten.
“Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on our incredible blessings, but many Americans aren’t feeling very thankful?”
Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.
After living in Washington, D.C., for nearly 8 years, I love being back home in Pittsburgh.
Like millions of Americans, I often took my incredible freedoms for granted – until I visited Saudi Arabia.
“If younger generations don’t know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!”
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.
“Republicans like to talk about fiscal discipline, but when they have control of Congress they spend like drunken sailors!”
Despite a 2010 law that requires federal agencies to describe rules and regulations in plain language, most government writing is STILL unintelligible.
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving along the Beltway to a Falls Church, Va., office building when a radio announcer said a plane had flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
The magazine cites research, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, that finds technology-enabled anonymity and “a lack of eye contact” are chief contributors to our growing incivility.
The government got into the school nutrition business during the Depression. FDR saw an opportunity to feed kids while winning the favor of farmers by buying their food with government money.
Which means many millennials are missing out on the misery of home ownership.
61 percent of employees surveyed said they feared appearing replaceable to their bosses, while 56 percent said they can’t take a break because there is too much work on their plate.
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.
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.
Boy, are Americans getting old.
“Can you believe that a man dumped a drink on a teenager because the teenager’s baseball cap favored the president?"
Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.
“It’s a grand time, to be sure – the day every year that we celebrate American independence and the birth of our country. And there are lots of interesting fun facts about the Fourth.”
But instead of working to resolve our challenges, we snipe and point fingers and make absurd accusations. We forget we’re not Democrats or Republicans, but Americans.
His powerful model left a profound impact and guides me still. Even at 56, I’m filled with joy when I live up to his high standards and make him proud. I’m filled with disgust when my actions fall short and make him sad.
According to The Washington Post, the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University have determined that people who live in rural areas and small towns are happier than those who live in congested urban and large metro areas.
The American prom is, at heart, a formal step for teens to begin shedding their adolescence.
Perhaps we’d all be better off if more folks started collecting old albums – if more folks tried re-creating the simple childhood memories of the old stereo consoles that once sat in their parents’ dining room.
Such was the admonishment my mother gave me many times over the years when one of life’s temporary failures gave me license to indulge in self-loathing.
However, despite your incredible burdens, I’m hopeful the class of 2018 will summon the will to do great things for mankind.
“What do you mean that America’s youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?”
“The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess.”
I’m on a diet – a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year.
It’s so cold, politicians are picking their own pockets, people are flocking inside the U.S. Capitol just for the hot air, and the outlook for anti-Trumpers has been downgraded from miserable and bewildered to hopelessly depressed.
My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something.
Like or hate the Republican tax-reform plan, here’s one thing we can all cheer: Beer taxes are going down
Your Social Security number has more than 40 congressionally approved uses. You can’t drive, vote, apply for a job or open a bank account without revealing that number.
What can we dress up as for Halloween?
It was a fine day for protesting at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., where folks were enjoying their right to free speech in a productive and peaceable manner.
Ah, summer is upon us.
My father was born during the Depression, in 1933, when life was a lot tougher. When he was only 3, his father, who had a good job working for the Mellon family, died at age 34.
“I may have to do WHAT to receive my high school diploma?”
Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.
We need to rethink Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Get this: The U.S. Treasury says that America’s debt grew by another trillion dollars in 2016.
"Can you believe some jerk told me it was rude to talk on my cellphone inside the movie theater?”
I didn’t know the young man well – I’d hired him to do some handyman work around my house – but it was awfully unpleasant to learn that he died at 24 with a needle in his arm.
Network news anchor Brent Fullworth: We bring you a live update on the birth of Jesus Christ from our correspondent, Bethany Smug, who is standing by in Bethlehem. Bethany?
"You almost got fired because your company had a holiday party? You’re going to have to explain.”
Now that Republicans will be running the White House, the House and the Senate, they’d better succeed in streamlining and simplifying our bloated government. Quotes from some of our greatest minds can guide them.
Thanksgiving may get ugly this year. God only knows what may happen when a progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a cousin or uncle who is a conservative Republican.
"Five more weeks before the election. I'm not sure I can survive that long."