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Rose Nolen columns

COLUMN: Like the playground, Congress filled with fighting children

Childhood fights we encounter on the playground are much like the games Congress plays.

COLUMN: Why we still need Black History Month

Each year it seems that people question whether Black History Month needs to be taught in schools. Now more than ever, the answer is yes.

COLUMN: Getting too chummy with children does them a disservice

Too many well-intentioned parents aren't giving young people what they need today more than ever — a strong foundation.

COLUMN: Television sets bad examples for Americans

As people attempt to publicize their privates lives, don't expect the government to clean up reality television or any other sort of media. It's up to parents and individuals to be positive role models for children.

COLUMN: Community builders unite us better than online social networks

Fans of high-tech communities like Facebook and Twitter should not fall in the trap of neglecting their real-life neighbors and coworkers.

COLUMN: If the country is a mess, it's our fault

In this new decade, let's try to remember that "we the people" are ultimately responsible for our problems and finding solutions to them.

COLUMN: Farewell to 2009, hello to opportunities to do better

In the coming year, we should all try harder to make our country a better place to live.

COLUMN: Politicians blind to changing population

Global warming, Nobel Peace Prizes, Tiger Woods are topics I'll leave to others, but I do worry about politicians who ignore the changing beliefs of the public.

COLUMN: Parents in tough spot protecting kids from sexual messages

According to the Associated Press-MTV poll, one-third of those polled admitted to sexting, sending sexually explicit photos, videos and chat. Kids don’t realize the harm they can do to themselves by sending these sexually explicit photos to people they believe they can trust.

COLUMN: Better television programming a start to curing society's ills

I’m convinced that as many hours as people spend in front of the set, we would be a less violent society if we had more sensible television fare.

Who is in charge? Therein lies the problem

Freedom of choice to do anything we may want to do without the disadvantage of having a lot of rules and regulation may be fun, but obviously it’s not the ideal system for making living together in peace easy.

Thanksgiving traditions unable to stand test of time, technology

Distance between family members makes the holidays less family-oriented.

There is no justification for murder

Despite what a person has done in the past, acts of violence and murder are not the solution.

Recession's squeeze teaches hard lessons about importance of workers' rights

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.

Don't let someone else fight for your health care

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.

Women are qualified to bring a return to civility

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.

Nostalgia for the old neighborhoods warrants change

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.

Health care system should focus on helping the masses, not profit

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.

Haters do all they can to keep others down

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.

When money talks, politicians are too eager to listen

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.

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