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Rose Nolen columns

ROSE NOLEN: Black History Month reflects on past, celebrates progress

February is a time to look back at the history of blacks in America, share stories and culture as a teaching tool and look to the future.

ROSE NOLEN: Candidates' supporters shouldn't hide their true identity

Allowing individuals to hide their identity behind piles of money is creating a bad situation, which I feel we will ultimately pay for. Providing people with opportunities to demonstrate their lack of character is unappealing.

ROSE NOLEN: The rich leave others behind in controlling politics

The rise of super PACs is further separating the average person from the rich, elitist politicians.

ROSE NOLEN: I always thought my friend Gloria had everything, but I was wrong

I’ve always wondered why some women are willing to pay money to look like someone else.

ROSE NOLEN: Let's be as smart as the tools we use

The government should take action to bring more attention to the dangers of texting and driving.

ROSE NOLEN: If political leaders met real people, a lot might get fixed

The question is not how did we get into such a worrisome situation, but how do we get out?

ROSE NOLEN: Safety on Halloween should not be an afterthought

It used to be safe for children to roam neighborhoods on Halloween, but times have changed. Parents need to take an active role in supervising their children.

ROSE NOLEN: Ignoring middle-class voices imperils members of Congress

Members of Congress should stop hiding from their constituents and give them a chance to voice their discontent. If senators and representatives want voters to complain less, they should give them less to complain about.

ROSE NOLEN: Sometimes, being out of the loop is a good place to be

People are much too willing to share personal information, and that's just not necessary.

ROSE NOLEN: There's nothing more tragic than broken families

Without level-headed parents and a strong, well-grounded educational system to guide the way, a lot of people got lost and drifted in and out of the good life.

ROSE NOLEN: Failure of irresponsible parents affects everyone

When parents fail, society assumes the responsibility of taking care of their children. Taxpayers pay for foster care and assume the cost of juvenile justice despite having no control over they way children are raised.

ROSE NOLEN: People can make big changes in small towns

Americans can learn from those living in villages and hamlets, where residents are the government. If they want something done, they must step in themselves.

ROSE NOLEN: There's no better home than Missouri

An upcoming vacation is a reminder that Missouri has the best people, places and things, which is something to celebrate.

ROSE NOLEN: A strong community essential to a quality life

A strong feeling of community support makes it much more likely to lead to a fulfilled life.

ROSE NOLEN: Public servants deserve more respect

No one should have to tolerate disrespect in order to do the job they agreed to perform.

ROSE NOLEN: New cat brings lot of energy

As The Cat Who Disappears explores his new home, Missourians should explore their own history.

ROSE NOLEN: More and more families ending up in disarray

The way we live today means that more families are seeing feuds and conflicts that tear the family apart.

ROSE NOLEN: Fight against drugs becoming worse, affecting Missouri's future

The ongoing war against drugs in Missouri is straining resources and tainting the state's image.

ROSE NOLEN: Attitude toward work needs an adjustment

Working youths of today don't seem to have the ethical understanding or drive to abide by the rules of the workplace.

ROSE NOLEN: Prowling rummage sales difficult to give up

A new apartment's lack of storage space forced the end of a rewarding habit.

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