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Rose Nolen

ROSE NOLEN: It's not easy, but let's strive for drug-free communities

We should use our freedom to better ourselves and communities instead of using it for entertainment.

ROSE NOLEN: Summer projects spark nostalgia for things that last

In a world of temporary things, there are still items — and events — that are made to last.

ROSE NOLEN: Taking a look at sleep, surgery and summer vacation

Missouri is a great place to spend the summer exploring.

ROSE NOLEN: I understand my pets, even if no one else does

Removing a cat's claws could mean taking away a tool for survival — but might make snuggling much more enjoyable.

 

ROSE NOLEN: May is a month for celebrations, remembering the past

Sharing stories about departed family members is one way to bring back happy memories of forgotten times.

ROSE NOLEN: Dreams, expectations different for everyone

Dreams and expectations are different for everyone, but a backup system always proves to be valuable.

ROSE NOLEN: Time to examine what and how teachers teach

The prevailing thought seems to be that students have lost interest in school, so unless they are provided with the right answers to test scores they are unable to pass.

ROSE NOLEN: Boys', girls' upbringing very different

Most of the time, men and women have had such different upbringings as young adults that it could strike one as amazing that they would not require infinitely more socializing before they agreed to marry.

ROSE NOLEN: We must send a message to Congress about gun laws

The vote against background checks for gun owners proved that Congress is in favor of special interest groups rather than U.S. citizens.

ROSE NOLEN: 'Silver spoon' workers no different from others

The "silver spoon" stereotype works against the character of people born into family businesses, but in reality, these workers can be just as excellent as others.

ROSE NOLEN: Adults must take responsibility for their actions and stop blaming others

We have gotten to the point where we are willing to blame someone else for every wrongdoing an individual commits.

ROSE NOLEN: Let women make their own decisions

Instead of focusing on women's health issues, lawmakers should focus on the economy, job creation, highway infrastructure, maintaining prisons and making state parks run well.

ROSE NOLEN: Veterans' medical needs underserved

We can’t allow our wounded children to sit round and suffer, waiting until we get the money to treat them.

ROSE NOLEN: America without religion paints a worrying picture for our future

Christianity seems to be dying in America, which could be considered bad for the country.

ROSE NOLEN: You can survive a while without your phone

People used to use their office phones for business during the day and reserved social calls for evenings on their home phones. But when cellphones came on the market, it seems people began to use them full time for everything.

ROSE NOLEN: A love affair with libraries remains even in a tech-savvy world

Being in love with a library is easy. They’re loyal. They never let you down. There’s always another book to read. Always.

ROSE NOLEN: States should be united, not undermine federal law

Even when we pass a federal law, such as the Affordable Care Act, people are struggling with some states' innumerable attempts to annul them.

ROSE NOLEN: Black History Month continues to offer information not always taught in schools

As people grow older, parts of black history falls away, unable to reach future generations.

 

ROSE NOLEN: Remember those who fought for our voting rights

With voting rights legislation making headlines once again, we cannot forget the struggle it took to get us where we are.

ROSE NOLEN: Men and women doing the same work should receive the same pay

There should be an expanded Department of Labor. It would be a place where all matters involving work issues could be handled. There are probably more issues related to job unfairness that go undetected than in any other area of human endeavor.

 

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