Rose Nolen columns
Despite what a person has done in the past, acts of violence and murder are not the solution.
When a recession hits this hard, all we can do is try to learn from the experience. This time around, America is being taught some hard lessons about workers' rights. Workers must be paid a fair wage, be allowed to bargain collectively, be protected by government regulation and be treated with dignity.
It's time for Americans to get back their fighting spirit and do something for themselves about health care. Don't depend on others to do the battle for you.
History contains many examples of women being the force behind change. Perhaps it's time for women to follow history's footsteps and lead the campaign to return to civility.
What happened to the old black neighborhoods that were safer, more cohesive and friendlier, and where young men and young women addressed each other in respectful terms? We need to get back to those ideals and we need to do it now.
If we truly want to go down this path of indifference, we can no longer deny that we are the kind of people our enemies say we are. And make no mistake about it we can no longer serve as leaders of the free world.
Until citizens are accepting of people other than the typical white, heterosexual male, there will a damper on the amount of acceptance and progress in the country.
The future of America is about more than the accumulation of money. Today's politicians should take their positions seriously and shift their priorities towards building a nation fit for tomorrow's generations.
The health care debate is the latest example of America missing an opportunity to correct its mistakes of the past and display the ideals of the country.
Those who oppose health care reform don't understand a citizen's civic and moral duty to do what's best for the country as a whole. The lack of empathy springs from the breakup of families, the discontinuation of the military draft and the fact that some schools may not have civics classes anymore.
Teen pregnancy, high-school dropout rates and other indicators of an unrestained youth culture may foretell America's slide into dicatorship and Third World status. Unless attitudes change it won't be easy to alter the course.
Whether the topic is abortion, racism or health care reform, hate speech can lead to illegal and immoral actions among fringe groups, adding to the caustic atmosphere of debate in America.
In America today, more kids are dropping out of school, and young women are getting pregnant before they even know how to take care of a child. Parents need to take back the reins by improving the educational system and keeping their children in school.
The arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates provided proof that conversations on race are still vital and important. It's up to everyone to know their history in order to maintain the discussion and keep others informed.
Painkillers and prescription medications can be just as dangerous as street drugs, but many grandparents do not adequately guard their medicine cabinets from their grandchildren.
The greatest people are those who have been able to be content in the worst situations, and it helps to surround one's self with the wisdom of elders.
For some of us, as young women, dressing for the occasion was as much a part of the event as our attendance. Making certain that the dress, the shoes and yes, even the makeup was right, was a part of the fun. It’s hard to imagine growing up as a female without this rite of passage.
Americans have hurt other Americans for decades. That's unacceptable, especially when those in positions of power inflict that kind of pain under the guise of political freedom.
The country will not be able to maintain its position of leadership in the world if things continue the way they are going.