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Rose Nolen columns

Parents must retake control of children and the educational system

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.

History offers valuable lessons in modern issues of race

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.

Prescription drug abuse poses new challenge for grandparents

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.

Elders can help you make the best of a bad situation

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.

Dressing sharp is one way to improve manners

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.

America's health care is more important than foreign affairs

Discrimination against anyone is harmful for our future

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.

U.S. lacks a nonpolitical unifying voice

The country will not be able to maintain its position of leadership in the world if things continue the way they are going.

Big banks' greed giving bad name all bankers

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.

Society should change its attitudes about fear, death

Whether it's politicians or terrorists, fear mongering is used too often in our society.

Text messaging while driving is wrong regardless of driver's age

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.

Credit card companies play by different set of rules than the rest of us

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.

New strategies needed for dealing with bullies

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.

Social networking changes concept of conversation

Increased dependence on social networking and technology has diminished the quality of personal relationships.

We need to act to solve addiction problem

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.

Old political habits die hard

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.

Gun owners have right to carry, but others have right to safety

The Second Amendment protects citizens' right to bear arms. But gun violence now interferes with everyone else's right to safety. The current state of affairs is far from what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the Constitution.

Regulations necessary to keep institutions honest

Congress should be able to regulate America's biggest business institutions so that the country's economy doesn't hinge on their success. It may turn out later that the loss of money through this crisis will be overshadowed by the loss of trust in those in charge of the financial system. Progress must now be made to protect the interests of future Americans.

Strong unions are good for America's workers, businesses

The Employee Free Choice Act would be beneficial to American companies, contrary to the apparent beliefs of many business leaders. .

Young parent, families shouldn't bear brunt of war's cost

Military recruiters shouldn't be allowed to influence high schoolers into military service, especially when the post-war health care for veterans is so poor.

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