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Rose Nolen columns

AIG should not get a pass

Some of us might not understand how big business operates but apparently neither do some industry executives.

Situation won't get better under two-party system

The two-party system is worn out and has led to some of the least worthy politicians in the world.

Financial depression can create opportunity for self-improvement

As many Americans find themselves jobless or in financial trouble, they can use this time of economic crisis to reach out to others and acquire new skills for life.

Trying economic times can bring families closer

Whatever the worst is that we have to bear, it can be borne more easily with the love and support of family on hand to help us through.

Personal responsibility takes backseat in society

Americans must adopt a desire for greater individual responsibility to improve our society and avoid negative outcomes like the current economic crisis.

Time to turn the page and design a country we want

Whenever there is a drastic change in ideas and behavior there will always be a backlash. Change can be painful. It means you have to give up something. You have to turn loose something you may not necessarily have held dear, but was something you had become accustomed to. The good news is, with time, people learn to adapt.

It's time for everyone to move on past the racial divide in this country

It's been my experience that people who have not moved past racial divisiveness by now, may never do so, and so those of us who are willing to move on, should keep going.

Resolve to help each other in 2009

Now that the economy is forcing us to review our excesses, more of us should realize the importance of sharing our good fortunes.

Increasing education funds should come before increase in gun sales

It is somewhat comforting to know that Missourians aren't all worried about mortgage payments and keeping their jobs but are willing to engage in hobbies such as hunting and gun sports.

Memories and legacies quietly shape our lives

There's something deliciously satisfying in thinking back through the years and remembering how things came to be the way they are.

Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

People are experiencing more hardships than usual this holiday season. That should be a reason to put petty differences aside and focus on the things that really matter.

Individual interpretation of First Amendment brings problems

Abuse of freedoms are an unfortunate side effect of the First Amendment. Families must work together to combat illiteracy and survive difficult times.

Poor public schooling creates uneducated voters

Because I am always on the side of the underdog, I have always wanted to be the kind of person who could champion public schools. Unfortunately, most of them have not met up to my expectations.

Recession vastly different from Great Depression

As it is, with winter progressing and the country sinking deeper into recession, I'm glad I have Geronimo, the cat, around to keep me focused. It's so easy to get depressed when you hear thousands are losing their jobs and their homes, everyday. And you could drive yourself crazy, realizing there is nothing you can do to stop it.

Education is the fuel for future changes

Education has taken a back seat in our society. To move forward succesfully, we need to make it cool again. 

For many, elections are a time to argue

Voting should go beyond candidate and party bashing, with more time spent on educating people on policies and civics.

Missouri ballot is loaded with important amendments, propositions

This election will signal the beginning of a new chapter in American history. How we progress is pretty much up to us.

Political warfare useless amid financial crisis, real-life problems

Under the circumstances, I really don't care to hear any more debates. According to the financial experts, no one knows how long this crisis will last, so there are no answers to the important questions being asked. So, we will all just have to tough it out as best we can.

Solutions to financial problems up to individuals

People should not rely on or wait for the government to solve economic problems but should figure out ways to cope on their own. Politicians should stop blaming each other, and those who allowed deregulation should be replaced.

Election polls expose some Americans' racism to the world

An Associated Press-Yahoo poll showed that many white Americans would not vote for a candidate because of the color of his skin. It's time for America to move on and get over themselves.

 

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