Driven to make a difference

As a student in the Rochester city schools, Rachel Barnhart saw firsthand the “incredible waste of human potential” that resulted from poverty, crime and educational inequality. The journalist and political activist spoke with Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny about journalism, politics and her motivation to hold government accountable. Listen to their conversation.

The downfall of Alain Kaloyeros

Alain Kaloyeros was sentenced today to three and a half years in prison for his role in a bid rigging scheme. Lauded for his ability to develop alliances and create jobs, his plans fell short on several counts.

Reflections from Bush 41’s chief speechwriter

As the nation paid tribute to the 41st president, Alex Zapesochny spoke with Curt Smith, Bush’s chief speechwriter and author of “George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core,” about the man he knew. Listen to their conversation.

The achievements of George H.W. Bush

Robert Zapesochny’s family emigrated from the former Soviet Union. President George H.W. Bush’s policies helped many of his relatives and friends do the same. From the reunification of Germany to the Gulf War, Bush has had a far-reaching impact on history.

How do we measure poverty?

The official poverty threshold is equal to three times the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963, adjusted for family size. Is it an adequate measure?

Corruption matters

Corruption—legal and illegal—undermines faith in government. Public officials often dismiss small ethical lapses, but that paves the way for worse misconduct with bigger consequences.