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Free-range parenting getting costly

By Tom Purcell
Ah, summer. We all know what that means for young children. If your kids are seen walking without adult supervision, somebody will call the cops, Child Protective Services will conduct an investigation and charges will be filed. That is what happened recently ...

Independence Day’s importance

By Tom Purcell
“Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!” “Ah, yes, you unwittingly illustrate a growing challenge with Independence Day: too many Americans are unaware of the holiday’s real importance.” “That there are also terrific mattress sales?” “A few years ...

Hairy women, hairless men

By Tom Purcell
It’s a fashion trend that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to: More American women are letting their armpit hair grow. According to The Associated Press, “Women are proudly showing off their growth on Instagram and YouTube, and it’s not ...

Defaulting on personal responsibility

By Tom Purcell
Boy, was I dumb to pay back my college loans. That is the conclusion of writer Lee Siegel, who explained in a New York Times op-ed why he never paid back his. Siegel’s parents had limited means, you see, so, at 17, ...

The power of plain language

By Tom Purcell
“ObamaCare is being challenged at the Supreme Court again? What now?” “Ah, yes, you speak of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the then-Democrat-controlled Congress passed on a party-line vote back in 2009. It’s been the subject of lots ...

Why conservatives’ graduation speeches are better

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Conservatives give better graduation speeches than their more liberal-minded counterparts. After reviewing two commencement-speech anthologies — “The World is Waiting For You,” which features 18 speeches by liberals, and “Remembering Who We Are,” which showcases 30 conservative speeches — ...

Journalism’s sorry state

By Tom Purcell
I don’t know why everyone is so up in arms that alleged newsman George Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to a private foundation co-owned and operated by a woman who hopes to be president. Georgie has been a partisan pit-chihuahua his entire career. The ...

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

By Tribune-Review
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 ...

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