Rose Nolen columns
The health care debate is the latest example of America missing an opportunity to correct its mistakes of the past and display the ideals of the country.
Those who oppose health care reform don't understand a citizen's civic and moral duty to do what's best for the country as a whole. The lack of empathy springs from the breakup of families, the discontinuation of the military draft and the fact that some schools may not have civics classes anymore.
Teen pregnancy, high-school dropout rates and other indicators of an unrestained youth culture may foretell America's slide into dicatorship and Third World status. Unless attitudes change it won't be easy to alter the course.
Whether the topic is abortion, racism or health care reform, hate speech can lead to illegal and immoral actions among fringe groups, adding to the caustic atmosphere of debate in America.
In America today, more kids are dropping out of school, and young women are getting pregnant before they even know how to take care of a child. Parents need to take back the reins by improving the educational system and keeping their children in school.
The arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates provided proof that conversations on race are still vital and important. It's up to everyone to know their history in order to maintain the discussion and keep others informed.
Painkillers and prescription medications can be just as dangerous as street drugs, but many grandparents do not adequately guard their medicine cabinets from their grandchildren.
The greatest people are those who have been able to be content in the worst situations, and it helps to surround one's self with the wisdom of elders.
For some of us, as young women, dressing for the occasion was as much a part of the event as our attendance. Making certain that the dress, the shoes and yes, even the makeup was right, was a part of the fun. It’s hard to imagine growing up as a female without this rite of passage.
Americans have hurt other Americans for decades. That's unacceptable, especially when those in positions of power inflict that kind of pain under the guise of political freedom.
The country will not be able to maintain its position of leadership in the world if things continue the way they are going.
Gone are the days when bankers wanted to be user friendly their customers. The industry is taking advantage of the ugly financial situation to improve its bottom line.
Whether it's politicians or terrorists, fear mongering is used too often in our society.
Text messaging isn't the only problem. Talking on the phone, applying makeup and drinking coffee take a driver's attention away from where it should be: the road.
Banks got themselves into financial trouble, and now they want to take advantage of credit card customers to get them out of it. We need legislation to protect the working and middle class from corporate greed.
Teachers and school administrators should make strict rules in the classroom to prevent bullying, as some students are growing up without a basic understanding of right and wrong.
Increased dependence on social networking and technology has diminished the quality of personal relationships.
The War on Drugs has not succeeded because we are too quick to write off the problem. To solve the drug crisis, we must realize that addicts — many of whom are in our own families and friend groups — are trying to cope with the stresses and anxiety of life.
Those who have been in the political game for the last 30 years, should be open to the new ideas the modern age has produced.