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Rose Nolen columns

ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing

The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

ROSE NOLEN: Friends don't like friends who tattle and gossip

When someone doesn't know when not to tell everything they know, it's no wonder that they have few friends. Others, though, know just how to handle those sorts of people.

ROSE NOLEN: Right to own one doesn't make a gun necessary

The Constitution gives people the right to bare arms, but why do people feel the need to have so many guns?

 

ROSE NOLEN: Americans must assist those in need at home

Financial greed should not distract from helping those in need.

ROSE NOLEN: New lessons are needed to solve bullying

Bullying is a childhood disease that needs to be cured.

ROSE NOLEN: Education once turned children into responsible adults

My brother could have helped win the war for education. As it was, he finished school about 40 years too late. He became a teacher when it became more important to parents to let their children have a good time in school rather than get a good education.

ROSE NOLEN: Housing, jobs remain hallmarks of injustice for blacks

Although the Civil Rights Bill was passed in 1964, black people are still fighting for equal footing.

 

ROSE NOLEN: A small-town, big-city girl wrapped up in one person

The important thing is to find the good life where ever you are.

ROSE NOLEN: Ugliness in the world? I'd rather not talk about it

Nolen says are many things to feel bad about, but wasting time thinking about them constantly ruins your outlook on life.

ROSE NOLEN: Texting while driving — dangerous for everyone

In Missouri, the texting while driving ban applies only to drivers under the age of 21, but it's not just young drivers that are easily distracted by their cellphones.

ROSE NOLEN: Americans are losing hope in the dream

For America to return to the status it once held in the eyes of its citizens, job opportunities need to be generated.

ROSE NOLEN: Being a kind neighbor helps pay the dues for living on this planet

Living outside of a community is like night and day. You have to worry about everything. You are completely on your own.

ROSE NOLEN: One person, one vote — no matter the race, color or creed

Voting is a basic right for all Americans, and there should not be any restrictions on when and how people can vote.

ROSE NOLEN: Obama and his health care plan are part of our lives. Deal with it.

There are more pressing issues than repealing a law that appears to be meeting its goal of providing health insurance to Americans.

ROSE NOLEN: Too many kids are going to jail when they should be going to school

I worry parents are forgetting to insist on their kids staying in school.

ROSE NOLEN: Find the worth in every person

The anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision raised the opportunity to discuss social change, and the benefit to approaching different opinions with a sense of understanding.

ROSE NOLEN: The value of local news is often in the small details

The newspaper from my community will inform me about the news that matters to me. I can’t depend on the big city newspaper to bring me news from my hometown.

ROSE NOLEN: A big family provides a lifetime of memories

Big families help create lots of memories, fill life with laughter and fun. Of course, there also are ups and downs.

ROSE NOLEN: Slow time down and savor the memories

Keeping written notes of events helps revive memories, and remind us to slow down and embrace the past, too.

ROSE NOLEN: Listen more than you speak

It is wonderful that we have so many ways to communicate. But a note written on the Internet is not private.

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