Ready for a riddle?

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: January 01, 2019

I’m not generally a riddle lover. But I’m listening to a book on tape that my wife enjoyed, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, by Leonard Mlodinow (m-lod’-nov). The book is about the human brain and the multiple methods by which we think — something science has only recently come to understand. The book addresses what he calls our brain’s elasticity: an ability... READ MORE

Let’s be more critical

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: November 30, 2018

No one likes a critic. Criticism is often shared in harsh ways, in which case it can be destructive rather than constructive. And let’s face it, even constructive criticism is seldom appreciated at the time! On the other hand, perhaps we should all be a bit more critical in how we read and understand things. Reading (and thinking) critically are more important today than ever, living... READ MORE

Congrats all around

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: November 01, 2018

First, I want to congratulate the winners of our Celebration of the Arts amateur art competition. You may have seen the special insert we ran in our September issue, describing the contest and giving brief bios of our first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories. It was only days ago, however, that we held the Awards Ceremony for all the winners, including... READ MORE

Lack of trust — Part II

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: October 01, 2018

Last month, I wrote about the disturbing state of Social Security and Medicare. I noted that an additional, unbudgeted-for $416 billion must be paid out of this year’s federal budget in order to meet the needs of Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries this year. Those programs are supposed to be funded each year out of the payroll taxes paid by every working American. Indeed,... READ MORE

A lack of trust (fund)

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Two questions arise from a recent article from the Associated Press that begins: “An unexpected weakening in the finances of Social Security and Medicare...” First, what’s unexpected about it? (Answer: it’s only unexpected if you haven’t been paying attention.) And second, has this reported “weakening” become such a common alarm from the annual report of the Social... READ MORE

A complex subject

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: July 23, 2018

For most Americans, recent headlines concerning unfair trade and retaliatory tariffs seem far removed from daily life. But for papers like the Beacon, a trade dispute with Canada — which has led to U.S. tariffs that have caused multiple and continuing increases in the price of newsprint since last fall — could be a life-and-death matter. So I have chosen to write about this,... READ MORE