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Robert J. Samuelson: Children vs. grandparents

To those paying attention, the recent strikes for higher teachers’ pay in West Virginia and Oklahoma are a harbinger of things to come. You can attribute the strikes to the stinginess of the states’ political leaders. After all, average annual teachers’ salaries in these states ranked respectively 49th lowest (Oklahoma at $45,276) and 48th lowest (West Virginia, $45,622) in 2016, reports the National Education Association. But that’s the superficial explanation. The deeper cause is that teachers – and schools – are competing with the elderly for scarce funds. The struggle will intensify.

Decade-by-decade: What to do now to retire better

Whether age 23 or 57, it’s never too early or too late to take steps toward a better retirement, say Spokane financial planners. Depending on your decade of life, you can take some determined steps. Most important at any stage, do something.

America’s manliest industries are all competing for women

Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that has traditionally found such working conditions hostile: women.

54-year-old medical student living her dream

Suzanne Watson couldn’t help but laugh when she received her AARP card and her acceptance letter from Wake Forest School of Medicine in the same week at the age of 50. Now, at 54, she is a fourth-year medical student, pursuing a second career that in many ways takes her full circle to her early life.

Older Americans are retiring in droves

More baby boomers are beginning the new year with nothing on their schedule but plans to golf, travel, and spend more time with the grandkids. The number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that aren’t in the labor force rose by 800,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016, marking the resumption of a long-standing trend: the exodus of their generation from the work force and into retirement.

Dana Milbank: Baby boomers, you’ve done enough

Boomers inherited the sole superpower and squandered U.S. influence with two long and inconclusive wars. They gave us the financial collapse of 2008, a crushing federal debt and worse inequality. They devoured fossil fuels and did little about global warming.