Out of your pocket

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Even drugs you may never take are costing you money.Yes, that’s the way insurance (and Medicare) are supposed to work: group healthcare coverage averages the costs of the “many well” with those of the “relatively few ill” to come up with a reasonable cost we all pay.That is a good system, in general. Don’t we all prefer to know that, should we or someone... READ MORE

A time for thanks

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Last month, I devoted my column to recognizing the writers on our staff, and our freelancers as well, who won recognition in two national writing competitions.I am very proud of the high-quality writing (and editing) featured each month in the Beacon, and of the people who devote their energies to providing our readers with topical, entertaining and useful articles.In addition, as each year ... READ MORE

Blowing our horn

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in the national journalism competitions of the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) and the National Mature Media Awards.We do this for two reasons: One, as a way to be sure we are keeping up the quality of our writing compared with other publications throughout the country.Two, because we’re pretty ... READ MORE

Get expos-ed in October

By: Stuart Rosenthal

While the month of May is known as U.S. Older Americans Month, the month of October is the metro area’s Month of 50+Expos.Over a 12-day period this October, there will be 5 days of entertaining and informative events within easy driving distance of Howard County residents who are over 50 or love someone who is.In ColumbiaFirst, on Friday, Oct. 16, is the Howard County 50Plus Expo,... READ MORE

What could we have done?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been going over and over in my mind what’s been reported about a recent murder on the Washington Metro.For those who didn’t hear about it, or perhaps missed the details, let me recap: A knifing took place in the early afternoon on the 4th of July aboard a train heading toward the National Mall for the Independence Day... READ MORE

Do we save too much?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Just a few years ago, before the Great Recession hit, economists were reporting a “negative savings rate” among Americans. That meant many of us were spending even more than we earned each year.How could that be? At the time, hard as it may be to remember now, the rising stock market and booming housing prices gave many Americans such a sense of wealth and optimism about the... READ MORE