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TOM PURCELL: Longing for tax freedom

OPINION: Americans spend more on taxes than their food, clothing and housing combined

It takes about a third of Americans’ income to satisfy their collective tax bill, which doesn’t cover repaying the money that the federal government borrows each year.

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TOM PURCELL: Privacy? Surely you jest

OPINION: There is nowhere to hide in the digital age

Every website you visit, every online purchase you make, every email, text or online comment you make leaves an incredibly rich electronic trail that defines who you are and what you do.

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TOM PURCELL: Obama confesses

“Pope Francis, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but I have a few things I have to get off my chest.”

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TOM PURCELL: A plea from a dieting cookie addict

OPINION: Word is getting around in local Girl Scout circles that I am an easy sale

Who among us has the power to say no to any young girl raising money for charity who offers to sell us a legal product that’s so addictive?

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TOM PURCELL: It’s later than men might think

OPINION: Latest study findings a bummer for middle-age guys

Life was a lot cheerier for guys before the constraints of the male biological clock were known.

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TOM PURCELL: An elegy for the incandescent bulb

How many people does it take to turn off a light bulb for good? Find out at the end of this column.

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TOM PURCELL: Barack Obama channels Richard Nixon

OPINION: When your poll numbers are low, who are you gonna call?

When losing America’s trust, there’s no better expert for a president to consult than the spirit of Richard M. Nixon.

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TOM PURCELL: The key to keeping new year's resolutions

OPINION: Too often resolutions are made without any actual resolve

Leaders need to make some serious New Year’s resolutions to fix our country next year — resolutions that go well beyond partisan politics to get to the root cause or our problems, so they may fix them.

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TOM PURCELL: Looking forward this Christmas

OPINION: Christmastime can be somber with memories of people and things no longer here

Looking forward this Christmas, wishes are for good health, a nation that will come together, and money spent on the needy, not gifts.

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TOM PURCELL: Get back to the basics with Christmas toys

OPINION: The gift of imagination is too seldom given

Sticks, string and cardboardboxes can be transformed into hours of play with a little imagination.

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TOM PURCELL: There is a lot to be thankful for today

OPINION: The country is not doing so well, but there are reasons to be thankful this year

For so much of the year, we focus on what is wrong. Thanksgiving is the day to focus on what has been done right.

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TOM PURCELL: Bill Clinton perfect to be Americas first guy

OPINION: As spouse of the president, Bill Clinton would be open to all kinds of mischief

While Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office is worrisome, Bill Clinton would be great as America’s “first guy.”

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TOM PURCELL: Uh, what did they expect to happen?

OPINION: The Affordable Care Act was the most partisan bill to pass Congress in a century

The backlash against Obamacare continues and it is likely to get worse.

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TOM PURCELL: Veterans Day and quiet sacrifice

OPINION: Family at home know about the sacrifices of war, too

Veterans Day is also a time to pay homage to the families who support their soldiers and wait for their safe return.

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TOM PURCELL: Reality is scarier than Halloween costumes

Opinion Column: Satirizing American civilization, one costume at a time

'Game of Thrones' may be the ultimate choice for costumes designed to satirize U.S. civilization.

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PURCELL: Fidel Castro goes to confession

After celebrating his 87th birthday last week, semi-retired communist dictator Fidel Castro did something nobody expected him to do: He contacted Pope Francis to hear his confession.

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Why I Sometimes Long For The Cold War

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I’ve been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.

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