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In many ways, a truly special event

By Tom Purcell
It was held early, but it was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I’ve ever attended. The event happened last week at the ACLD Tillotson School in Whitehall, a special-needs school with a private academic license approved yearly by ...

Schooling millennials

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Welcome to class, American millennials. Sit down and take notes — because you are in for a rude awakening. According to a report by the Educational Testing Service, you have “weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments” ...

Where’s Dad?

By Tom Purcell
I didn’t know it when I was young, but I was one of the luckiest young men on the planet. I had a father who loved me and imposed his will on me. Fathers were not considered buffoons when I was ...

Legal monkey business

By Tom Purcell
Legal rights for animals? Not so fast. A few weeks ago, says the New York Post, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe “inadvertently bestowed human status on two chimpanzees being used for biomedical research at Stony Brook University on Long Island.” The ...

Toasting a long life

By Tom Purcell
After I read the news report, I popped the wine cork and praised the science gods. Alcohol consumption helps us live longer. A new study, published in the journal “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research” found that teetotalers are more likely to ...

Aging America staying put

By Tom Purcell
My sisters and I were saddened when my parents sold the old house.  It was a two-story, four-bedroom design that was typical of 1960s suburbia — a house designed to raise children. The bottom half of the exterior was brick; the ...

Tax-time misery

By Tom Purcell
When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant’s office. “What happened?” I said. “When I told you how much you owe, you went down like ton of bricks,” said my accountant. “I owe the IRS again? ...

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 ...

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