Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” is a humor columnist and is nationally syndicated. Send comments to Tom at

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Purcell: ‘Trading up’: Daughters, sons can build careers debt-free

This Thursday is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, the one day every year when young people can learn — in person — about the work world of their parents or mentor.

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Purcell: Bribing kids’ way into the ‘easy life’ robs them of true happiness

Boy, do I feel sorry for Lori Loughlin’s daughters.

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Purcell: Hope ‘springs’ eternal for civil discourse

Spring has finally arrived in all its glory.

Purcell: Tax Time: Better to laugh than cry

Tax season is upon us, which gives us a choice: Laugh or cry. I choose to laugh.

Purcell: God chose her to be a beggar

Sister Margaret Mary didn’t think she was up to the job.

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Purcell: Erasing capitalism? Consider the pencil first

According to the website of dictionary maker Merriam-Webster, socialism is a political theory that advocates “governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”

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Purcell: Irish stereotypes no joking matter

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us — which means it’s time for retailers, and too many other Americans, to perpetuate the “drunken Irishman” stereotype.

Purcell: Dreams can come true - Finally cutting the cord

I’m so unhappy with my cable TV and internet services that I’m going to do what I’ve long dreamed of doing: Cancel my subscription!

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Purcell: Tech making ‘car guys’ endangered species

My Uncle Jimmy would’ve hated the late-model SUV I rented for a recent trip to New Jersey. I sure did.

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Purcell: It’s up to us to realize Dr. King’s dream

We’ll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy next week. In these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words’ truth, civility and wisdom.

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