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Car Buying Experience Hurt by the Dying Art of Haggling

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Car buyers are getting crushed by the rapid increase in the cost of new and used cars, but my dad’s old-school negotiating techniques might offer some relief.

Thanks to the rippling effects of the pandemic and the lockdowns, it’s harder to find a new car to buy in the first place.

As USA Today explains, our current car troubles ...Read more

Thank For the Wonderful Days, Jack

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Every night, just before bed, he’d thank his bride of 70 years for giving him another wonderful day on Earth.

That was the sweet-hearted nature of Jack Krieger, my family’s next-door neighbor for more than 30 years.

I first met him as a very young boy, shortly after my growing family moved to our brand new suburban house in 1964.

As...Read more

Civics Lessons for the Fourth

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

You can become an American citizen by being born in the U.S. or you can become one by getting “naturalized.”

Becoming naturalized is a heck of a lot harder.

It not only means having to meet all the legal and residency requirements Congress has established, it means passing a U.S. civics test that would stump a random cable-news talk ...Read more

Learning Summer Job Dignity for $1 an Hour

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

They called me "The Trail Blazer," Good Buddy. 

That was my citizens band radio handle in the summer of 1977, when the hit movie “Smokey and the Bandit” created a CB craze and millions of kids like me dreamed of getting one. 

Much to my surprise, my father permitted me to do so — even though I needed to attach a large CB radio ...Read more

My Dad Taught Me How

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities?

Rob Kenney offers this kind of basic “dad advice” and millions are tuning into his YouTube channel “Dad, How Do I?” to hear it.

Kenney, who promises his ...Read more

The Dying Art of Conversation 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication?

According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able only to text versus call on their mobile phone.

To be sure, the powerful digital devices almost everyone is carrying around these ...Read more


The Dying Art of Conversation 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication?

According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able only to text versus call on their mobile phone.

To be sure, the powerful digital devices almost everyone is carrying around these ...Read more

The End of the Handshake? 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

After more than a year of strict COVID mandates, my state has triumphantly reopened.

But, some argue, we better think twice before we offer a celebratory handshake.

On Memorial Day, Pennsylvania began allowing restaurants, stores, sporting events, schools and other organizations to once again operate at 100% capacity.

However, some are ...Read more


The End of the Handshake? 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

After more than a year of strict COVID mandates, my state has triumphantly reopened.

But, some argue, we better think twice before we offer a celebratory handshake.

On Memorial Day, Pennsylvania began allowing restaurants, stores, sporting events, schools and other organizations to once again operate at 100% capacity.

However, some are ...Read more

Saving Our Elders from the Dirty Rotten Scammers

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I just got another scam phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, and my blood is boiling.

When I answered my phone — from the 480 Area Code in Arizona far away from Pittsburgh — a recording said, “Your Social Security number has been compromised. Stay on the line and an agent will be right with ...Read more

My Beef With Beef

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

There are few things I enjoy more than grilling up tasty steaks for a group of close friends, but red meat isn’t going to be on the menu this summer.

The cost of beef is higher than ever.

According to Bloomberg, “Food inflation has been inching up for months, driven by soaring commodity costs, costlier transportation and challenges ...Read more

Fighting Off Cyberscammers

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Everyone is at risk of being scammed now.

The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was a wakeup call for everyone in America.

Ransomware is malicious software that cyberscammers use to encrypt a company’s or individual’s data and block access to it until a hefty sum of money is paid.

Google the words “ransomware attack”...Read more

Why Adults Should Play in the Woods

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

The retired science teacher jumped up from his hiding spot in his garden and grabbed my arm before I could escape.

It happened in the mid-1970s when I was playing a game we neighborhood kids invented called “Fugitive.”

Each summer night 15 or 20 of us would participate. Whoever drew the short straw was assigned to be the guard at the ...Read more

A Mother’s Comfort

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Scientific American describes my mother to a T.

An article titled “The Incredible Importance of Mothers,” by social scientist Melanie Tannenbaum, lays out the argument that a mother’s comfort - not just meeting basic needs, such as providing food and shelter - is essential to the development and wellbeing of children.

Tannenbaum ...Read more

A Mother’s Comfort



Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Scientific American describes my mother to a T.

An article titled “The Incredible Importance of Mothers,” by social scientist Melanie Tannenbaum, lays out the argument that a mother’s comfort - not just meeting basic needs, such as providing food and shelter - is essential to the development and wellbeing of children.

Tannenbaum ...Read more

A Hunger for Normalcy

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

My recent trip to Florida was glorious for one simple reason: it was normal.

You see, I had been hungering for a friendly social gathering for months - any gathering involving family, friends, business colleagues or old classmates would do.

I had been hungering for the simple ability to freely assemble with my fellow humans, as I did ...Read more

The High Price of a Modest Roof

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

The cost of construction materials has gone through the roof - if you can still afford a roof, which isn’t very affordable right now.

All I wanted to do was build a modest roof over my modest deck at my modest house.

But a year of government pandemic policies and the law of unintended consequences have foiled my little dream by driving ...Read more

The Value of Organized Religion to a Representative Republic

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Fewer Americans are attending traditional church services. Fewer are attending Catholic schools, too.

According to Gallup, the number of Americans who belong to a church, synagogue or mosque continued to decline last year, dropping below 50 percent for the first time in Gallup's eight-decade trend.

And thanks to the COVID pandemic, ABC ...Read more

Baseball Strikes Out on Politics

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

You can’t escape politics anywhere now - not even in America’s once great pastime, baseball.

A “pastime,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “something that amuses and serves to make time pass agreeably.”

Boy, did the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplish that for me most of my early life.

Pirates radio broadcasts on KDKA...Read more

In D.C., Politics Springs Eternal

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Springtime has arrived in Washington, D.C.

The National Cherry Blossom festival is underway. Some 3,700 cherry trees, given to America by the Japanese in 1912, will soon be in full bloom.

I lived in the D.C. area nearly eight years and always looked forward to this time of year.

Family and friends would visit to see the magnificent ...Read more

 

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