Rose Nolen columns

COLUMN: Veterans are underappreciated

This Independence Day, we should be grateful for our military, while looking for ways to better serve our country and those who served before us.

COLUMN: Independence Day festivities shouldn't include dangerous activities for children

The Fourth of July and Halloween would be much more enjoyable if parents would take care of their children.

COLUMN: Privacy should be respected

Instead of letting every little detail of your life out for public consumption, try practicing restraint.

COLUMN: Older generations can give advice on raising respectful children

Schools closing down in Kansas City should serve as a wake-up call to parents that they need to be parents, not friends to their children.

COLUMN: Granddad knew how to dish out the good advice

We all need someone in our lives to help us make good decisions.

COLUMN: What happened to objectivity?

The news networks need to worry less about entertainment and more about giving viewers the straight facts.

COLUMN: Some people are just insensitive

One would think that with all the problems affecting the world today, people would find better things to do than stir up trouble and hurt others' feelings. But maintaining peace and solving problems in a unified way just isn't a priority for some people.

COLUMN: Pardon me if I skip the next family event

Here are a few lessons learned from a lifetime of attending weddings, anniversaries, graduations and bridal showers.

COLUMN: Don't blame failures in education on our great teachers

The dumbing down of America has been happening for decades and that teachers cannot be expected to clean up the mess by themselves.

COLUMN: Children are paying the price for bad parenting and recession

Grandparents have been forced to sit on the sidelines too long watching their children and grandchildren make mistakes without understanding why. The recession has clarified the failures of modern parenting.

COLUMN: National Day of Prayer shows importance of separation of church and state

On April 15, a U.S. district court judge ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. I believe the right to pray or not to pray is a personal choice and there should be a clear cut separation of church and state-with no exceptions.

COLUMN: American attitudes pervade the globe

Throughout the world, Americans send messages of bigotry and hatred. Not only does it hurt our global image, it divides and ruins us as a nation.

COLUMN: It's time for the public to play a role in parenting

Parents are not doing a proper job educating their children on making good choices, as the growing obesity problem shows. This means the public is going to have to step in and help raise the children.

COLUMN: Simple communities live better

Many people forget the benefit of tight-knit neighborhoods in their lives.

COLUMN: Editor, publisher Lucile Bluford promoted justice, equality

As March is National Women's History Month, it's fitting to take time to honor Lucile Bluford, a woman who struggled for equality and social justice for not only herself, but also for others, throughout her long life.

COLUMN: When politics gets you down, remember the good things in life

Turn away from the TV and embrace what good is around you instead of hearing about our crumbling world.

COLUMN: Current school system needs reform

Recent events, such as Central Falls, R.I., high school firing all of its teachers and Kansas City contemplating closing down half of its schools, have highlighted some of the failings of the current public school system. The problems in schools may not just stem from sub-par teachers, but may also be the result irresponsible parenting.

COLUMN: What will be done about health care?

Since there has been nothing done to fix the health care crisis in America, does that mean it's not a big issue anymore? Only taking action now can prevent the ills of a society without health care.

COLUMN: The scared straight strategy

In today's fast-paced and tech-crazy society, many people have reached high stress levels brought on by several aspects of modern living. This stress has led many people to lose the individualist attitude held by those who founded America and become more vulnerable to 'scared out of their wits' political tactics.

COLUMN: What makes Missouri drug users want to escape from reality?

With households less reliant on the nuclear family it seems that America's youth is turning to drugs. But the family structure shouldn't shoulder all the blame.