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It’s good to have things to get done

By Tom Purcell
Did you ever have a week in which you had an impossible amount of work to complete, yet somehow got it done? Likewise, did you ever have a week in which you knew your workload would be light, so you …

A matter of time wasted

By Tom Purcell
It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. …

Expect less, be happy

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness. That was one of the findings of a happiness study recently conducted by researchers at University College London. Researchers used a magnetic resonance imaging machine to monitor brain activity as they …

Let boys be boys this summer

By Tom Purcell
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” First released in the U.K. in 2006 and the U.S. in 2007, the book is filled with useful information on how to make knots in …

Teens not working doesn’t work for America

By Tom Purcell
Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 percent of teens …

An oath for Obama

By Tom Purcell
“I say it’s high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.” “Update it?” “That’s right. Our current president isn’t following it much anyhow, so …

About those dirty Little Sisters of the Poor

By Tom Purcell
Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment. And so it is that the National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives …

The right to paid vacation?

By Tom Purcell
Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory. It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that …

Fast Fourth facts

By Tom Purcell
“I’m confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain.” “Actually, according to , that’s not so. The Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.” …

Defensive response

By Tom Purcell
Ring, ring. “Hello, this is Tom.” “Hello, Tom, this is the federal government. We are going to audit your taxes and want to see all of your records for 2011.” “Sorry, federal government, but my computer crashed in 2011. All …

When government runs health care

By Tom Purcell
No wonder I am so cynical about government health care. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing some care-delivery challenges. As it goes, according to the VA’s internal audit report …

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