Rose Nolen

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.


ROSE NOLEN: Animals can boost physical, emotional well-being when kept as pets

Two sisters differed for a long time on their opinions about having pets, but eventually, they found the animals were a source of comfort.

ROSE NOLEN: Some enjoy time with family while others prefer work, hobbies

People have their own lives and are not so closely associated with other family members these days.

ROSE NOLEN: Guns don't belong in schools

Schools are laboratories for learning, not armed camps. When we can no longer provide safe places for children to learn, then we need to keep our children at home.

ROSE NOLEN: It's time to address immigration

In America, we need to get a handle on work. If there are jobs to be done and not enough money to pay to have them done, then we need to figure out what we are going to do about it.

ROSE NOLEN: Many are already off the fiscal cliff

I think I went off the fiscal cliff shortly after 9/11, and I don’t think I ever got back on. The two big wars were enough to keep me struggling just to keep my feet on the ground.

ROSE NOLEN: Right to work is a step backward for labor movement

Missouri legislators reject right-to-work laws that prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of their employment.

ROSE NOLEN: The key to relationships is shared values

It can be hard to be happy in any kind of relationship, including a marriage, shared workplace or friendship, if there are no shared values or respect for diversity.

ROSE NOLEN: Christmas changes people for the better

One of the most wonderful things about Christmas is the way it fills the heart with joy and thanksgiving. People don’t just wish their own Christmases to be filled with joy, but they wish joy for everyone.