Politics, Moderate



It’s healthy to laugh in COVID-19’s face this Halloween

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

If we can't poke fun at COVID-19 on Halloween, when can we?

You see, Halloween is the one time of year when we can make fun of ourselves and current events by dressing up in clever costumes.

At least it used to be.

Until about 30 years ago, Halloween was mostly for kids. Around 1990 or so, adults begin celebrating it in big numbers, and...Read more

Served lemons by coronavirus, entrepreneurs make lemonade

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

When life serves you lemons, you make lemonade.

That’s the thinking of no small number of bold Americans who are starting new businesses amid COVID-19’s disruption.

According to Philadelphia PBS station WHYY, applications for new businesses are soaring. They’re up 19% nationwide and 15% in Pennsylvania from pre-COVID levels, when the ...Read more

Autumn’s Beauty Can Restore The Better Angels of Our Nature

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Autumn has arrived - and it couldn’t come soon enough.

I love this time of year - the brilliant colors, the chilly air, the sweet yet tart taste of apple cider, and the smell of oak burning in a firepit.

I love childhood memories of Devil’s Night mischief and walking for miles on Halloween night to collect every last piece of free candy I ...Read more

Change Voting Age to 16? Try 80!

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

San Francisco residents will vote on a measure in November to allow teenagers as young as 16 to vote in local elections. That’s according to The Hill, which also reports that in recent years, two women in Congress introduced measures to lower the voting age nationwide to 16.

One argument for doing so is that 16-year-olds are permitted to work...Read more

Coronavirus, Divisive Politics Have Autumn Optimism in Short Supply

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I made it through the summer of COVID-19 - though I’m thankful that neither I nor any of my family have contracted the novel coronavirus.

I know that the summer doesn’t technically end until Sept. 22, but I got through June, July and August. It wasn’t easy for me or anyone.

Every Monday, I went on a diet to lose my “covid 19” - as in...Read more

Census 2020: Accurate Count Essential

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I hope we get it right.

Data collection for the 2020 U.S. Census ends soon. This census, the 22nd in U.S. history, has faced its share of challenges and controversies.

The goal of the census has remained the same throughout its 230-year history: to count every person living in the United States.

The Constitution requires the federal ...Read more

Join COVID-19 Homebuying Rush, Develop Common Sense

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

American home ownership is soaring, which is good for all of us.

Home sales slowed during the early months of covid-19, as millions of Americans stayed inside. In the past few months, however, with interest rates at historic lows, homes have been selling at a record pace, USA Today reports.

As Americans flee dense urban areas, they’re ...Read more

The Vanishing Art of Empathy

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Joe Biden reminded the world what grace looks like.

Robert Trump, President Trump’s younger brother, died Saturday. In response, Biden tweeted:

“Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert’s passing. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one - and I know how important family is in moments like these. ...Read more

The Longer We’re Isolated, the Less Productive We Get

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

COVID-19 is getting old - particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months.

That’s the finding of a Wall Street Journal article, “Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All.”

Early on, when millions stopped commuting and started working from home, many companies saw good results. Work was getting...Read more

America Means Freedom To Them

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

A friend of mine can’t for the life of him understand why some Americans are clamoring to replace capitalism with socialism.

Born in Vietnam, he was a young boy when he and his family barely escaped that communist nation amid gunfire.

America welcomed his family among thousands of Vietnamese refugees. His father, now in his 90s, sees his ...Read more

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I missed it again. So did the rest of America.

July 1’s unofficial International Joke Day came and went without fanfare.

That’s regrettable, because we could all use a good belly laugh right now — which gave me an idea. The other day, after hearing more doom-and-gloom news while driving, I said to the Apple CarPlay app on my truck’s ...Read more

Perpetual Anger No Help Amid Pandemic

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Good grief: Apparently, America has yet to move past the anger phase regarding COVID-19.

In 1969, you see, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

According to Fast Company, researchers from Singapore, China, Australia and Switzerland analyzed more than 20 million Twitter ...Read more

Amid Pandemic, Take Pen in Hand

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I can’t recall the last time I wrote or received a handwritten letter - but it’s time to send such letters again.

The reasons why the handwritten letter died are obvious: e-mail, text messaging and cellphones. With how quick those innovations make whipping off a note, why would anybody take an hour to hand-write one?

But how much better ...Read more

A Cool Idea Whose Time Has Come Again

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I’m getting a whole-house attic fan installed this week - just like the one my father had installed in my childhood home - and I cannot wait to cool my house using his old-time methods.

I have nothing against air conditioning, mind you. I run my central unit on summer’s hottest days. I can’t imagine how unpleasant life was in Southern ...Read more



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