Rose Nolen columns

COLUMN: Polarized debate does nothing productive for our nation

People who spread uninformed opinions are detrimental to harmony in society.

COLUMN: Isolating yourself makes reality harder to deal with

Those who live in cyberspace have a shell of an existence.

COLUMN: In emergencies don't panic, think the situation through

The free flow of information is important in a democratic society but it seems that Americans are doing harm to themselves by listening to material that might be questionable or false.

COLUMN: Defrauding Medicare a reprehensible practice

Those corrupted by a love of money are ruining our society.

COLUMN: Voters entrenched in partisan politics lose sight of community issues

Citizens who focus on gun control, abortion rights and homosexual unions are no longer concerned about public school education, health care for children and providing shelter for the homeless.

COLUMN: Overeating has consequences

Rising obesity in Missouri calls for heightened action in parenting, food-related businesses and each person's health-conscious decisions.

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.