Looking back and ahead

By: Stuart Rosenthal

A reader wrote me recently to say she clipped and saved the “Man of Valor” column I wrote last year as a eulogy to my late father, and that she has read it many times since. She suggested I reprint it in our upcoming editions as a Father’s Day column.I was touched by the request. I am not reprinting it here, however, as the column is available on our website at... READ MORE

Plane thoughts

By: Stuart Rosenthal

What I didn’t tell you in my column last month, about the future of print media, was that I wrote it partially in preparation for a speech I was to give on that topic at a national conference.It so happened that I flew to Chicago for the conference on March 24, the very day Germanwings Flight 9525 was intentionally crashed into the French Alps by its co-pilot.I fly on commercial... READ MORE

A future for print?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Sometimes it seems to me like the march of “progress” is so enamored of the bright, shiny future that it too readily jettisons the best of the past. This particularly feels like the case regarding the way many have dismissed the world of print in the face of today’s ever-changing digital devices.Now, I’m no troglodyte. I use a computer and an Android smartphone all... READ MORE

Should we spend it all?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

For the past two months, I’ve been writing in this column about the financial pit that we are digging for ourselves as a country. At least, that’s one way of looking at the trillions of dollars of expanding deficits embedded in our federal and state government budgets.Our demographic trajectory (rapidly aging population, expanding longevity, dwindling proportion of current... READ MORE

Facing facts, part II

By: Stuart Rosenthal

In last month’s column, I started to lay out some generally well-known facts in hopes they can facilitate an important discussion that I feel Americans need to be having with each other.To summarize very briefly: Thanks to modern medicine and healthier lifestyles, we are living longer. While that’s a good thing for the most part, more and more older Americans are outliving their ... READ MORE

Facing facts

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Perhaps because so many readers have recently told me how much they’ve enjoyed my recent columns, I’ve decided to risk spending some of that capital this month by sharing a number of statistics that I think paint a rather troubling picture and lead to some controversial conclusions.Because I can’t possibly lay out all the pertinent facts, much less their ramifications, in... READ MORE