Reader snapshots

By: Stuart P Ronsethal
Posted on: July 21, 2020

A couple of months ago, I shared some insights that we learned from hundreds of readers who answered our survey asking how the pandemic has affected them. We followed that up with another survey, asking readers more about who they are, what their future plans are, and what they think of the Beacon and our advertisers. This type of information is especially valuable to us, both so we know ... READ MORE

Guest column: Wake-up call

By: Tim Cox
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following guest column is by Timothy Cox, one of our contributing writers. Mr. Cox has written for Gannett and Scripps-Howard as well as for newspapers in Augusta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, he has a journalism degree from Point Park University. I vividly recall the spring of 1968. I... READ MORE

What you have told us

By: Stuart P Rosenthal
Posted on: May 22, 2020

First, a thank-you to the hundreds of readers who have filled out and mailed (or taken online) our “How are you faring?” coronavirus pandemic survey.  For those who have not yet done so, we will continue to collect and tally survey results for a few more weeks. You can reach it through our website home page (see “Attention Readers” at, or go directly to... READ MORE

How are you faring?

By: Stuart P Rosenthal
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Many of us have lived through some strange and rough times, but I think it’s fair to say, our lives today are unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes.  I heard firsthand reports from my parents and grandparents about the difficulties of wartime, and I know those days were in many ways far more difficult — both for those on the front lines and for the families left... READ MORE

Seek, but shall ye find?

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: March 27, 2020

First, I want to start out by admitting I am guilty of the very pet peeve I want to share today. I’m speaking about the classic error of conducting a survey that’s mis-aimed from the outset. The Beacon did such a survey of readers more than 15 years ago. Long-time readers will recall our publication was named “Senior Beacon” at its inception in 1988. In the early 2000s, we... READ MORE

Understood too well?

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: March 02, 2020

We all want to be understood by our close friends and, particularly, by our mates. We want them to know what our preferences are, what we like to eat, with whom we like (and don’t like) to socialize. We want them to remember our birthday, what types of gifts please us, what music we like to listen to at different times of day. These are among the myriad ways in which people who love... READ MORE