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Lots to be thankful for

By Tom Purcell
“Do you realize we’ve been giving thanks for almost 400 years?” “Ah, yes, you refer our country’s Thanksgiving tradition, which originated with the very first Thanksgiving in November 1621. But did you know that much of our Thanksgiving tradition is based ...

Needed: Critical thinking

By Tom Purcell
I’m often out of touch with our rapidly changing culture norms. Here’s one change I’m behind on: that so many are getting so easily offended by every perceived slight, real or imagined. These days a fellow can’t compliment a lady for wearing ...

Veterans Day by the numbers

By Tom Purcell
“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.” “Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know there are 19.3 million U.S. ...

What’s the beef?

By Tom Purcell
The World Health Organization is the United Nations’ public-health arm. I think we should change its name to the World Killjoy Organization — at least where its position on meat eating is concerned. Last week the WHO released a report that ...

The blessings of a traditional family

By Tom Purcell
Americans are abandoning the traditional family in big numbers. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center report, “less than half (46 percent) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual ...

Political correctness vs. Halloween

By Tom Purcell
“The wife keeps shooting down my Halloween costume ideas because she says they are too insensitive.” “That’s too bad. Pop-culture expert Robert Thompson, the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, says it is ...

Pampered college nitwits

By Tom Purcell
Too many college-age kids are unable to care for their most basic needs, which doesn’t bode well for my future. Peter Gray, Ph.D., a research professor at Boston College, writes in Psychology Today that increasing lack of resilience among today’s college ...

The decline of American greatness

By Tom Purcell
“I’m fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain.” “Ah, yes, you speak of a recent Bloomberg Politics poll that found, according to AP, that 75 percent of Americans are fed up with politics and 72 percent ...

Obama confesses to Pope Francis

By Tom Purcell
“Your Holiness, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but since you and I have some things in common, I figure what the heck.” “Feel free to confess your sins to me, Barack.” “I have committed no ...

High tuition’s cause

By Tom Purcell
Ah, the autumn is upon us. College campuses are buzzing with activity — as college kids and their parents rack up massive debt to cover the cost of high tuition. The origin of such debt is interesting to trace. In 1987, reports ...

Fulfillment & the single life

By Tom Purcell
Boy, are people staying single in huge numbers these days. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of one-person households increased from 17 percent in 1970 to 27 percent in 2012. In 1990, there were roughly 23 million one-person households. ...

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