False stereotypes harm people in poverty

Politicians promote misconceptions to build support for punitive approaches to programs that help people in poverty pay for food, receive medical care and find housing.

RIT’s decisive moment

This year marks a half-century since RIT relocated from downtown to Henrietta. What began as a move born of necessity paved the way to realize a more modern, progressive vision for the institute.

Is single payer in New York the answer?

A tribal conflict over the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has rekindled support for universal access and the single-payer model. The Rochester Beacon asked the St. Joseph Neighborhood Center’s Sr. Christine Wagner and former Excellus CEO David Klein to address this important topic.

The other opioid crisis

Rochester health care providers are hard at work averting another type of opioid crisis: a shortage of injectable opioids for home hospice and other outpatients who truly need them. How are they dealing with the challenge?

The intersection of faith and politics

The constitutional agnosticism about religious belief (or unbelief) has spurred a creedal pluralism and religious vitality that is unique among Western nations. As the mid-term elections approach, the Beacon invited two perspectives on the intersection of faith and political engagement.

The hands of time

When Midtown Plaza opened, Dale Clark’s Clock of the Nations represented the heady spirit of the times. Clark, who died in March at age 94, outlived Midtown, the nation’s first downtown indoor mall.

Is RMAPI misunderstood?

Since the high-profile launch of the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative three years ago, its efforts have been dogged by misconceptions, Director Leonard Brock says. Can he change the narrative?

Janus v. AFSCME: What now?

The Janus decision concludes that requiring an agency fee that supports collective bargaining is compelled speech and a violation of the First Amendment. What now?

Rochester: STEM City, USA (and Arts too!)

While few would dispute the importance of creating and attracting STEM graduates, some argue that solely measuring STEM degrees represents an incomplete way to take the measure of the growth and vibrancy of a city.