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Reasoning with Iran

By Tom Purcell
“America and the West have a historic opportunity to negotiate a nuclear agreement that will promote peace in the Middle East and the world. It will give your country, Iran, a brighter future. What do you say to that?” “Death to ...

Lamenting loss of family-owned grocery

By Tom Purcell
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad. The family-owned store has been a staple in our community for more than 50 years. Its simple, spartan interior is a snapshot into the ...

A wee bit out of hand no way to celebrate Irish

By Tom Purcell
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are getting a wee bit out of hand. St. Patrick’s Day occurs every year on March 17, the date when St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in 461 A.D. According to The History Channel, St. Patrick ...

Food intervention, government-style

By Tom Purcell
“All right, tubby, if you aren’t going to stop sitting in front of the TV, eating fatty and sugary treats, maybe the government should force you to change your ways.” “Force me to change my ways? But I know what foods ...

Overreaching in plain English

By Tom Purcell
Get this: The federal government is trying to explain things to citizens in plain English. In 2010, you see, President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act into law. It requires that all federal agencies use “clear government communication that the public ...

D.C. snow’s silver lining

By Tom Purcell
I admit it: I love the snow and the cold. I love to be outside, gazing up at the stars on cold, crisp evenings. I love how the snow blankets my hillsides. And most of all, I love how snow disrupts ...

Awaiting our next George Washington

By Tom Purcell
“Boy, here’s something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided.” “Maybe so, but we’ve been divided worse before.” “We were?” “Watch the History Channel series ‘Sons of Liberty.’ It dramatizes the heated arguments that took ...

Valentine’s Day advice for wary women

By Tom Purcell
With Valentine’s Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male. Dear Tom: I am as particular about the body washes, vitamin-enriched lotions and shower gels as any lady, but my boyfriend ...

Sorry, ladies, we’re just not wired for housework

By Tom Purcell
Women have long been annoyed that they do more housework than men, as demonstrated by many studies, but now they are really steamed. Last December, The New York Times reported on a regrettable trend. The number of men between the ages ...

Millennials, buy into homeownership

By Tom Purcell
Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn’t good for anyone. According to USA Today, homeownership for Americans age 35 and under declined to 36.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014, down from 36.8 percent in 2013. The ...

Needed: A better sense of humor

By Tom Purcell
Boy, does the world need a better sense of humor right about now. Humor, says Merriam-Webster, is “the ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny.” Humans are at their best when they are amused. Few things ...

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