Facing an empty nest

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Our two children, Jeremy and Tova, are once again off to school. For the past 15 years, my wife, Judy, and I have rather looked forward to the fall, when we could send our kids back to school for most of the day after a busy summer spent juggling their schedules and ours.Things started to change when Jeremy graduated from high school three years ago. That fall he left the country to spend... READ MORE

Intractable problems

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Why do so many of the social issues we currently face appear to be intractable?I think one of the reasons is that many problems in our society are treated as having a very limited range of solutions — as being black and white, leaning left or right, offering a choice of yes or no, take it or leave it.  A few issues may really present such a stark choice, at least sometimes. But... READ MORE

What’s private anymore?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

The recent revelations that our government collects telephone records and intercepts Internet communications have led to a great hue and cry throughout the world.I don’t deny the revelations are shocking. But what’s shocking to me is that the programs have been revealed, not that they are taking place.I am also shocked by how surprised so many people seem to be that privacy and... READ MORE

Who will win this lottery?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Recently, a friend brought to my attention a relatively minor change being proposed to current immigration law that could have a significant impact on the daily lives of older Americans and their families.As I write, the Senate is marking up new legislation that would, among other things, eliminate the annual green card (or “diversity”) lottery that allows into the U.S. up to... READ MORE

Anonymously yours

By: Stuart Rosenthal

The scariest thing about sitting down to write a column, especially in the Internet age, is that you risk putting your ignorance on display to the entire world, forever.It used to be if you made an error or there was an “editing mistake,” you might get a comment or two, perhaps a letter. You could then issue a retraction or correction (“sorry I misspoke”) and pretty... READ MORE

Driven by technology

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Your broke your glasses (or your foot)? You had surgery recently? Your car’s in the shop?Getting from here to there — to the doctor’s office, to the grocery store, to a concert, to the hospital — can become a problem for all of us at one time or another.The solution? Call a cab. Call a friend. Take the bus. We can usually work around it for awhile.But getting around... READ MORE