Rose Nolen columns

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.

ROSE NOLEN: Constitution provides freedom of choice, even for things we don't like

Freedom is considered a core value of American life, but what happens when individuals start using those freedoms to harm others? Rose Nolen offers her take on the complexity of freedom in America.

ROSE NOLEN: Money will determine the presidential election

Campaign funding may be the main factor in determining the 2012 election, but Americans haven't yet allowed it to decide the outcome.

ROSE NOLEN: Surrendering to the power of money

A recent Supreme Court ruling allowing unrestricted independent political expenditures from corporations is just the latest example of the country's surrender to the power of money.

ROSE NOLEN: Job training is more about people than work

A lack of employer leadership hinders employee growth and productivity and fosters complacency, which leads to poor employee performance.

ROSE NOLEN: Congress refuses to address important issues

Our country is in a terrible shape, and Congress is doing nothing to make things. Those who survived the Great Depression could have given us some good advice. They would probably have suggested that we work together. Hmm, imagine that.

ROSE NOLEN: Money seems to control the vote

If the wealthy can anonymously purchase our country's leaders, do we really know who our leaders are?

ROSE NOLEN: Women need women on their side over workplace rights

Workplace discrimination against women still exists today, and solving the problem will require women 'banding together' on the same side.


ROSE NOLEN: Today's history presents a more exciting view of the past

We can learn from history in more exciting ways than we used to. And sometimes, it is helpful to look over our shoulders and profit from past experiences.

ROSE NOLEN: Gay marriage is a matter of civil rights

People need to properly understand the separation of church and state. We should be more concerned about people who hate than whom someone loves.

ROSE NOLEN: Electoral process, political parties have left voters confused

The volatility of the electoral process has left voters uninspired, confused and willing to skip out on Election Day. If we continue on this path, it is difficult to say what kind of government we will ultimately inspire.