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

Credit where it’s due

By: Stuart Rosenthal

In my column last month, I promised to share more about the awards our writers have recently garnered in national competitions.Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in two journalism competitions: those of the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) and the National Mature Media Awards.This year, we received more than 20 awards at the annual... READ MORE

A season for thanks

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I grew up in Texas, where the seasons were not all that distinct. Sure, the days got shorter in the fall, and many trees lost their leaves.But I find autumn much more tangible here. There’s a change in the air and in the way you feel when you walk outside.It’s almost as if the change in seasons represented a change in seasonings: there’s a different flavor to life, and a... 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 10-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.The first such event happens Friday, October 17, right here in Howard... READ MORE