Rose Nolen columns

ROSE NOLEN: Separation of church and state important in America

Separation of church and state needs to be re-emphasized.

ROSE NOLEN: Younger generations need to remember importance of unions

The luxuries of the current work landscape need to be recognized by younger generations, and they need to realize that things like a 40-hour workweek were fought for by past generations through unions.

ROSE NOLEN: America should focus on its own democracy first

The United States should not presume to tell another country how it should run.

ROSE NOLEN: Growing up in big family makes for many stories

Large families can provide enrichment and enough stories to tell for generations.

ROSE NOLEN: American isolationism is fueled by ignorance

Many Americans' isolation is not limited to the snow piled outside their doors, but due to ignorance and fear of the world community. 

ROSE NOLEN: Don't tell friends when you're choosing a new pet

Choosing a pet is a very personal matter, and pet-loving friends usually want to give you their opinion regarding what kind of animal to pick.

ROSE NOLEN: Hate speech, free speech not synonymous terms

Hate speech and free speech continue to conflict and overlap as Black History Month begins. 

ROSE NOLEN: Political parties must behave responsibly

ROSE NOLEN: Health care debate reflects ideological split in U.S.

America's irreconcilable viewpoints permeate its value system.

ROSE NOLEN: Tucson shooting not surprising, considering current state of US

The recent violence in Arizona is another sign that Americans face rampant social problems.

ROSE NOLEN: Martin Luther King proves that justice can prevail

King's legacy is a reminder that even when justice is delayed, it wins in the end.

ROSE NOLEN: ROTC makes sense, JROTC doesn't

If ROTC is allowed to have programs in high schools, there should be other service-based programs offered for students as well.

ROSE NOLEN: Education is the cornerstone of society

We are not taking full advantage of the public education system we have, so we are not adequately training tomorrow's leaders. 

ROSE NOLEN: America in need of transportation overhaul

Like the railroad system that came before, America's highway system must develop separate means of transporting freight and passengers to maximize safety and efficiency.

ROSE NOLEN: Holidays bring out the best in people

Remember the good things in people this holiday season, but be sensitive to others' less pleasant experiences this year.

ROSE NOLEN: Historians play valuable roles

I'm seriously worried about society's inability to remember important events. If a noteworthy date is not a national holiday, many people have no idea what we are commemorating.

ROSE NOLEN: 'Monied minority' use free speech without considering consequences

Radio and television station owners use their media to spread bigotry and hatred that could risk American lives.

ROSE NOLEN: Still moving to the ugly center

Some Americans continue spreading messages of hate and anger instead of helping to move the country forward.

ROSE NOLEN: Fewer people living with scruples

When the people in charge are stripped of their ability to control whatever happens, then things are bound to get out of control. It's what happens when individuals have the right to do whatever they want to do.

ROSE NOLEN: Some lessons are hard to learn

Trying to move out of my house after 40 years and writing a book at the same time is challenging, but it has taught me several lessons.