Coming to our census

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I’ve long been on record as objecting to the use of terms like Age Wave, Senior Tsunami and the like to describe the demographic changes occurring across America (and, indeed, the world).I take issue with such terminology because it suggests the aging of our population will be a sudden and destructive event, and it is neither. No wave will come crashing down on us unexpectedly one... READ MORE

Cool summer reading

By: Bruben

One is a business executive who helped save a historic town from being wiped off the map, while the other has had a varied career in dance, television news reporting and acting.Charles Wagandt, who preserved the town of Oella on the Baltimore/Howard County line, and Maria Broom, who guest starred in the TV series “The Wire” and is currently teaching dance to Baltimore kids,... READ MORE

On being misunderstood

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I truly look forward to receiving letters and emails from readers. I value your comments and suggestions, and am eager to hear what you think.That’s really how the Beacon has grown and changed over the years: by trying to address the needs and interests of readers and incorporate their recommendations.I always like to tell how, within hours of our very first issue hitting the streets... READ MORE

Can we all come out ahead?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Most of us who have held jobs at one time or another have contributed to both Social Security and Medicare out of every paycheck. So let me ask you a question.Do you think of Social Security and Medicare as an “investment,” like stocks or bonds in your portfolio? That is, do you consider yourself to have invested a percentage of your paycheck, throughout your working life, in... READ MORE

Stories of the century

By: Bruben

Imagine being born in a time when horses clip-clopped down city streets and fewer than 5 percent of American homes were lit using electricity. Theodore Roosevelt resided in the White House, and Harry Houdini astounded crowds with his feats.Just days after Lois Leyda was born on July 19, 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its first Model A car. At the end of the year, the Wright Brothers made ... READ MORE

Is it so terribly strange to be 70?

By: Bruben

Bob Dylan turned 70 yesterday. Fresh from playing concerts in China and Taiwan, he’ll jet on to Ireland, England, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Norway — and that’s just in June alone.I heard strains of his Fourth of July concert last year while he played in a sold-out outdoor amphitheater in Limerick, Ireland. As I stood across the Shannon River from the ... READ MORE