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Rose Nolen columns

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.

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.

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