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Rose Nolen

ROSE NOLEN: Uncertain about right to farm, when corporations are involved

The proposed amendment raises questions about who the right to farm will apply to and what it will mean.

ROSE NOLEN: When dreams of country living collide with reality

Rose Nolen used to dream of living in a country farmhouse, but safety concerns about living so far from others eventually led her to stay in town.

ROSE NOLEN: A small-town, big-city girl wrapped up in one person

The important thing is to find the good life where ever you are.

ROSE NOLEN: Ugliness in the world? I'd rather not talk about it

Nolen says are many things to feel bad about, but wasting time thinking about them constantly ruins your outlook on life.

ROSE NOLEN: Texting while driving — dangerous for everyone

In Missouri, the texting while driving ban applies only to drivers under the age of 21, but it's not just young drivers that are easily distracted by their cellphones.

ROSE NOLEN: Journey after desegregation has been slow and rocky, but also steady

Racism cannot be changed with a simple court ruling, but rather requires a consistent desire for a better society.

ROSE NOLEN: Americans are losing hope in the dream

For America to return to the status it once held in the eyes of its citizens, job opportunities need to be generated.

ROSE NOLEN: Being a kind neighbor helps pay the dues for living on this planet

Living outside of a community is like night and day. You have to worry about everything. You are completely on your own.

ROSE NOLEN: One person, one vote — no matter the race, color or creed

Voting is a basic right for all Americans, and there should not be any restrictions on when and how people can vote.

ROSE NOLEN: Obama and his health care plan are part of our lives. Deal with it.

There are more pressing issues than repealing a law that appears to be meeting its goal of providing health insurance to Americans.

ROSE NOLEN: Too many kids are going to jail when they should be going to school

I worry parents are forgetting to insist on their kids staying in school.

ROSE NOLEN: Perhaps we've been misled about the entitled rich

It stands to reason that one of our biggest problems is that we have allowed too many of our manufacturing companies to leave the country.

ROSE NOLEN: Stay on course when the path to success gets crooked

The world is still open to dreamers. Sometimes you have to wait until it’s it your turn to shine.

ROSE NOLEN: Find the worth in every person

The anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision raised the opportunity to discuss social change, and the benefit to approaching different opinions with a sense of understanding.

ROSE NOLEN: The value of local news is often in the small details

The newspaper from my community will inform me about the news that matters to me. I can’t depend on the big city newspaper to bring me news from my hometown.

ROSE NOLEN: Families should discuss gun safety

Truly, people are not trying to do away with guns. They are simply searching for ways to do away with the violence.

ROSE NOLEN: Americans should trust one another more

I don’t think we will become a stronger people through the use of guns. I can only hope we will become a wiser people through knowledge and understanding.

ROSE NOLEN: Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are national reminders of racism

Racial attitudes against the civil rights movement may still be prevalent today.

ROSE NOLEN: Remembering our military heroes, with mixed feelings

Serving in the military today is a lot different than it used to be.

ROSE NOLEN: Don't depend on politicians to make the situation better

Americans need to band together to figure out how to fix the economy because people need jobs and families need to survive.

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