Corporate Dems and GOP Fight Social Security Expansion
Bipartisanship is when big-money Republicans and big-money Democrats unite to secretly make decisions
Those Robocallers: Let's Abolish the "Department of Utility Services"
Ralph E. Shaffer: I long ago gave up on the Federal Communication Commission's "Do Not Call" list. I've been listed there for ages and it does no good.
The Logistics of Retirement
Steve Hochstadt: I have found it hard to grasp what it means that I no longer have to accomplish work every day. Behavior that meant laziness and avoidance, like sleeping late or taking a nap, now mean something else, because there is much less pressure to accomplish something.
Alzheimer’s as Depicted in the Novel We Are Not Ourselves
Walter Moss: Reading We Are Not Ourselves, I experienced some of the same feelings I have when seeing or reading one of Chekhov’s great works, like his plays Uncle Vanya and The Seagull.
Is Adult Protective Services Protecting Abusers?
Janet Phelan: If President Obama is truly serious about routing out the systemic abusers, one might want to give him this tip: His Attorney General has been the recipient of hundreds of reports about guardians abusing their wards, as has the FBI.
How My Grandma Could Solve the ‘End of Life’ Debate
Joe Mathews: At almost 100 years old, this strong-minded Californian knows that life (and death) isn't so simple.
Half of California Workers Headed for Retirement Struggles
Kelly Candaele: The ceaseless political attacks on defined benefit pensions, which guarantee workers a monthly income based on a percentage of their salaries during their working years, mean that more and more employees are forced to fend for themselves.
A Checklist for Getting Your Affairs in Order
Charles Hayes: Death is a subject that most of us avoid for understandable reasons, but if you’ve ever been with someone who had to put the necessary pieces together after a family member has died unexpectedly, or if you’ve had this experience yourself, you know how hard it is to answer questions when there is no one left alive who can answer them.
Outsource Social Security?
RJ Eskow: One of the bitter ironies of the bipartisan austerity craze has been the fact that, while there has been an assault on government jobs, there has been an equal or greater push to transfer government revenues to the private sector using lucrative, cost-inflating "privatization" contracts.
Aging: Myths, Reality, and Nonsense
Walter Moss: We are not doing anyone—ourselves or members of younger generations—any good by equating old with bad and young with good. Every age has its plusses and minuses and should be embraced with all the joy and aliveness we can muster.