Opinion

The power in numbers

Among the truest truisms are the statements: “there is power in numbers,” and “the pen is mightier than the sword.” History offers ample examples. The problem is that those examples may illustrate successes by what we (or others) might consider good or moral causes, as well as successes by what we (or others) might consider bad or immoral causes.

Time to advocate

This is a first for me. In all the years we’ve been publishing the Beacon, I don’t recall ever asking readers to take a specific step in support of a particular cause. But today I am.

Tooting our horn

Every year, we enter a selection of our original stories in the editorial contests run by the two largest 50+ media associations: the National Mature Media Awards, and the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) awards. I am pleased to report that the Beacon once again came away from both competitions with some top honors. In fact, this year, all three of our Beacon editions — including our new Howard County Beacon — won awards.

We're all in this together

I think it’s time we and our political leaders stop living in denial and take some serious steps to get our country’s financial house in order and plan ahead for the challenges of the coming decades.

What could we have done?

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 celebration.

What’s private anymore?

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.

When you can’t budge it

The Trump administration issued a preliminary “skinny” budget proposal a few months ago, followed more recently by its official 2018 budget request to Congress. Of the many draconian cuts the budget would impose, I want to talk about two that would particularly affect older Americans were they to go into effect. These aren’t by any means the largest cuts, or even the cuts that would harm the greatest number of people. But they are significant all the same, and worth some discussion. In the budget of the Administration for Community Living (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services formerly known as the Administration on Aging, before it was

Who will win this lottery?

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.

With appreciation

Each year, I look forward to fall, knowing that our annual 50+Expos can’t be far behind. I so relish the opportunity to see hundreds, even thousands, of our readers in person, and to speak with many of you, as I did last month at our Maryland and Virginia events. There is nothing so heartwarming to a journalist as to meet readers and hear accolades and appreciation for our work, as well as constructive criticism and suggestions for future articles.