A look back, and forward

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on May 15, 2017

I don’t know what possessed me, but the other day, as I was contemplating what to write about this month, I got the idea of looking back to see what I wrote in my column exactly 10 years ago — in our June 2007 issue. I was struck by how timely that 10-year-old column seems to be for us today. So I am repeating it below, with this bit of introduction. Two months before my June 2007 ... READ MORE

Growing like weed

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on April 18, 2017

Last month, I addressed the subject of pain management in the context of opioid pain relievers such as Vicodin and Percocet. Use of these painkillers — both by patients with legitimate prescriptions and by those obtaining them illegally — has exploded in recent years, leading many experts to speak of an “epidemic” of addiction and overdose that is claiming many lives each... READ MORE

The pendulum swings

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on March 23, 2017

Recently, there has been an explosion of studies, lawsuits and newspaper articles highlighting what many are calling America’s opioid crisis or epidemic. While the term opioid includes illegal drugs like heroin, it also encompasses a variety of prescription painkillers, including OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), referring to our nation’s... READ MORE

Dignity vs. quality of life

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on January 18, 2017

I was struck by a thought the other day (happens now and then). I still haven’t decided exactly how I feel about it, but I’d like to explore it with you. More Americans appear to be moving to the view that capital punishment is not acceptable. Nearly half of all states have abolished it or had their courts overturn it, and the number continues to grow. Many arguments are made in... READ MORE

Listen up, Washington

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on December 21, 2016

As a new administration prepares to take power in Washington, I want to revisit a topic that long-time readers know I like to address every few years: Social Security. It’s an evergreen topic for me, since I can count on Congress and the White House continuing to refuse taking any steps to obviate the problems that are growing worse by the day. And judging from the campaign rhetoric of ... READ MORE

Being heard

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on November 29, 2016

In so many aspects of life, we can find ourselves frustrated because we feel we aren’t being heard. It happens between parents and kids; it happens between spouses; it happens at school and at work. When we feel our views are dismissed and our needs are ignored, we want to bash a wall, gnash our teeth, trash our rooms or worse. These feelings can affect us no matter what our age.... READ MORE

Kudos to our writers

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on October 24, 2016

Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in the journalism competitions of the National Mature Media Awards and the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA). We do this for two reasons: One, as a way to be sure we are keeping up the quality of our writing compared with other publications throughout the country. Two, because we’re pretty... READ MORE

Head in the clouds

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on September 19, 2016

It used to be, if you said someone “had his head in the clouds,” you meant his mind was elsewhere; he wasn’t paying attention. Nowadays, when people speak of “the cloud,” they are talking about computers, websites, software and digital storage that are maintained elsewhere, but available for us to use through the Internet. This amalgam of cloud services has become the place... READ MORE

Not to be missed

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on August 15, 2016

Who will be the lucky winner of a 10-day vacation for two to China? One lucky attendee at the 2016 Beacon 50+Expos, that’s who! For the 17th year in a row, the Beacon Newspapers expects to attract thousands of area residents to its two free 50+Expos — annual events featuring great speakers, health screenings, informative resources, technology education, and entertainment geared to ... READ MORE

A matter of taste

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on July 20, 2016

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to perceive. Yes, I know. That last word, if I was truly quoting Sir Walter Scott, should be “deceive.” That was my topic last month — how the practice of lying is so central to socializing among humans. But this month, I’m talking about perception, which evidently (or should I say, apparently?) weaves no less tangled a... READ MORE