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Rose Nolen columns

ROSE NOLEN: Veterans' medical needs underserved

We can’t allow our wounded children to sit round and suffer, waiting until we get the money to treat them.

ROSE NOLEN: You can survive a while without your phone

People used to use their office phones for business during the day and reserved social calls for evenings on their home phones. But when cellphones came on the market, it seems people began to use them full time for everything.

ROSE NOLEN: A love affair with libraries remains even in a tech-savvy world

Being in love with a library is easy. They’re loyal. They never let you down. There’s always another book to read. Always.

ROSE NOLEN: States should be united, not undermine federal law

Even when we pass a federal law, such as the Affordable Care Act, people are struggling with some states' innumerable attempts to annul them.

ROSE NOLEN: Black History Month continues to offer information not always taught in schools

As people grow older, parts of black history falls away, unable to reach future generations.

 

ROSE NOLEN: Animals can boost physical, emotional well-being when kept as pets

Two sisters differed for a long time on their opinions about having pets, but eventually, they found the animals were a source of comfort.

ROSE NOLEN: Guns don't belong in schools

Schools are laboratories for learning, not armed camps. When we can no longer provide safe places for children to learn, then we need to keep our children at home.

ROSE NOLEN: It's time to address immigration

In America, we need to get a handle on work. If there are jobs to be done and not enough money to pay to have them done, then we need to figure out what we are going to do about it.

ROSE NOLEN: Many are already off the fiscal cliff

I think I went off the fiscal cliff shortly after 9/11, and I don’t think I ever got back on. The two big wars were enough to keep me struggling just to keep my feet on the ground.

ROSE NOLEN: History shows that people continue push to secede

Allowing people who want to secede could help the country make up years of progress just by not having to listen to the negativism these people espouse.

ROSE NOLEN: Right to work is a step backward for labor movement

Missouri legislators reject right-to-work laws that prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of their employment.

ROSE NOLEN: Businesses are not interested in helping country

This election season I’m getting the opportunity to observe how much our lives have changed over the past few years. It’s been a long time since the country has been split on the basis of political parties.

ROSE NOLEN: Lawmakers need to put aside political differences and work together

In ordinary times, people of goodwill would certainly put the operation of good government ahead of whatever role they might play in their political party. But these are not ordinary times.

ROSE NOLEN: Partisan politics shouldn't disqualify people from government jobs

Political affiliation shouldn't be used to determine whether an individual is qualified to work at a government agency. 

ROSE NOLEN: Stop fighting old fights and focus on real issues

We've come too far as a country to go back to the days when women and minorities were treated as second-class citizens.

ROSE NOLEN: Success can come without money

It's important to appreciate others for the gifts he or she has been given, even if there is no money involved. 

ROSE NOLEN: Missouri women are concerned about education about women's health

It’s disturbing, really, to discover how much time and energy men in public office are using to rake over women’s health issues. I think they actually believe that they are doing the right thing. In their own, ridiculously pitiful way, I think they are trying to protect women from themselves.

ROSE NOLEN: Create jobs, not war

This convention seasons brings out a host of people claiming to have ideas on how to fix this country. Unfortunately, most of those ideas are not very good.

ROSE NOLEN: Let's agree to disagree and still talk to each other

Everyone, even Todd Akin, is entitled to an opinion. Even if that opinion is off-based.

ROSE NOLEN: Some Americans will not accept rule by the wealthy

The Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United opened the door for unlimited political contributions by corporations and now wealthy citizens are influencing elections. Additionally, new voter ID laws are restricting minorities' access to the polls. If nothing is done, American democracy will crumble.

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