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When my retired professor friendP told me about it, my alarm bells went off.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist September 10, 2019
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An invasion from outer space might do America some good. And maybe one’s coming?

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist August 31, 2019
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“Sometimes I worry that if I ever can retire and do get Social Security payments, they’ll be a lot less than what I’ve been promised,” I said to my CPA, Louie the Number Cruncher.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist August 27, 2019
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Here’s some great news: The American entrepreneur is flourishing again.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist August 20, 2019
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‘Ah, yes, you speak of a recent Pew Research Center survey that found ‘46% of adult social media users say they feel ‘worn out by political posts and discussions they see on social media’ - a share that ‘has risen 9 percentage points since the summer of 2016, when the Center last asked this question.’’

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist August 13, 2019
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Twelve years ago, when I first visited the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) retirement home in Pittsburgh, I was overcome with peace and calm.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist August 6, 2019
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A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist July 30, 2019
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We could use a hearty dose of Robert Fulghum wisdom about now.

By Tom Purcell - National Columnist July 23, 2019
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Despite the accusations, I deny that I carry a man purse.According to the New York Post, the man purse, or “murse,” is the “new must-have accessory taking over designers’ spring 2020 men’s runways.”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist July 16, 2019
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It’s never too late for a good belly laugh.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist July 9, 2019
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Why do I want more Americans to buy homes? Because misery loves company.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist July 2, 2019
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Here’s the worst part: He had every opportunity to choose life. Last week, 21-year-old Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was arrested for allegedly plotting to bomb a small Christian church in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist June 25, 2019
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Breaking news: Federal spending is out of control.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist June 18, 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, National Columnist June 15, 2019
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America’s declining birthrate has given me pause. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of babies born in the United States in 2018 was the lowest in 32 years, continuing what NBC News calls “a decades-long trend toward fewer and fewer babies being born each year.”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist 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, National Columnist May 28, 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. Surely, in a booming economy, you’ll have your pick of jobs?

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 26, 2019
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Prom season is upon us. We all know what that means: More American adults are doing their proms all over again.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 14, 2019
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I hope to be just like my mother one day. Now in her eighth decade, my ma has arrived at a coveted place: Her “filter” is pretty much gone, and she has no problem telling anyone what’s on her mind.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 7, 2019
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Boy, is our political discourse going to the dogs.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist April 30, 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, National Columnist April 23, 2019
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Boy, do I feel sorry for Lori Loughlin’s daughters.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist April 16, 2019
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Spring has finally arrived in all its glory. In Pittsburgh, the weather has warmed, the trees are blossoming and the birds are singing cheerfully.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist April 9, 2019
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Tax season is upon us, which gives us a choice: Laugh or cry. I choose to laugh.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist April 2, 2019
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Sister Margaret Mary didn’t think she was up to the job.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist March 26, 2019
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Socialism is back in vogue in some quarters.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist March 20, 2019
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Amazon recently removed items considered offensive to Muslims – an action that AOH praises – but has ignored repeated AOH requests to remove items that denigrate Irish-Americans.

March 12, 2019
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Nobody dreads daylight saving time more than my father.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist March 5, 2019
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With America’s national debt surpassing a frightening $22 trillion, it makes sense that fewer people are volunteering their hard-earned dough to help reduce it.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist February 26, 2019
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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, National Columnist February 19, 2019
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In these heated, divisive times, all of us sure could use more kindness. This coming Sunday, Feb. 17, offers us a reminder to embrace kindness.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist February 12, 2019
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Just as my annual diet has begun showing promise, my greatest obstacle to success is upon me: Girl Scout Cookie season has begun.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist January 22, 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, National Columnist January 15, 2019
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Is technology innovation doing us more harm than good?

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist January 8, 2019
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“Celebrating the holidays with friends and family the past few weeks was great, but I”m tired, bloated and crabby.”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist January 2, 2019
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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, National Columnist December 24, 2018
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I thought Facebook knew too much about me, but it turns out Google is even worse.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 18, 2018
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Before the NFL season began, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell told ESPN, “I want to play.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 12, 2018
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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, National Columnist December 11, 2018
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Good grief! With everything in everyday American life politicized, count on someone, somewhere, being offended by something, anything – even classic Christmas TV specials.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 4, 2018
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As physicals go, it was the most thorough I’d ever gotten.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist November 27, 2018
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“Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on our incredible blessings, but many Americans aren’t feeling very thankful?”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist 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, National Columnist November 13, 2018
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After living in Washington, D.C., for nearly 8 years, I love being back home in Pittsburgh.

November 6, 2018
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Like millions of Americans, I often took my incredible freedoms for granted – until I visited Saudi Arabia.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist October 23, 2018
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“If younger generations don’t know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!”

October 9, 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.

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!”

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.

September 19, 2018
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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.

September 11, 2018
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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.

September 6, 2018
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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.

August 29, 2018
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Which means many millennials are missing out on the misery of home ownership.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist August 22, 2018
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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.

August 15, 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, National Columnist August 8, 2018
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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 - National Columnist August 1, 2018
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Boy, are Americans getting old.

By Tom Purcell - National Columnist July 24, 2018
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“Can you believe that a man dumped a drink on a teenager because the teenager’s baseball cap favored the president?"

By Tom Purcell - National Columnist July 17, 2018
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Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

By Tom Purcell - National Columnist July 10, 2018
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“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.”

July 4, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist June 21, 2018
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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.

June 14, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist June 7, 2018
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The American prom is, at heart, a formal step for teens to begin shedding their adolescence.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 22, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 15, 2018
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 13, 2018
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However, despite your incredible burdens, I’m hopeful the class of 2018 will summon the will to do great things for mankind.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 8, 2018
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“What do you mean that America’s youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist February 21, 2018
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“The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess.”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist February 8, 2018
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I’m on a diet – a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year.

January 17, 2018
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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.

January 10, 2018
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My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something.

January 3, 2018
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Like or hate the Republican tax-reform plan, here’s one thing we can all cheer: Beer taxes are going down

December 12, 2017
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist November 28, 2017
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What can we dress up as for Halloween?

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist October 31, 2017
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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.

By Tom Purcell-National Columnist August 29, 2017
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Ah, summer is upon us.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist July 6, 2017
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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.

By Tom Purcell June 16, 2017
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“I may have to do WHAT to receive my high school diploma?”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist June 9, 2017
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Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist May 19, 2017
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We need to rethink Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist April 28, 2017
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Get this: The U.S. Treasury says that America’s debt grew by another trillion dollars in 2016.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist January 12, 2017
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"Can you believe some jerk told me it was rude to talk on my cellphone inside the movie theater?”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist January 4, 2017
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 28, 2016
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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?

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 22, 2016
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"You almost got fired because your company had a holiday party? You’re going to have to explain.”

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 15, 2016
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist December 1, 2016
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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.

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist November 24, 2016
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"Five more weeks before the election. I'm not sure I can survive that long."

By Tom Purcell, National Columnist October 12, 2016

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