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Rose Nolen

ROSE NOLEN: If political leaders met real people, a lot might get fixed

The question is not how did we get into such a worrisome situation, but how do we get out?

ROSE NOLEN: 'The Help' stirs up memories and opinions, bad and good

"The Help" is a story about racism in the South in the 1960s, and reflects the time period very well.

ROSE NOLEN: Let's hope the voices of Wall Street protesters are heard in Congress

Our leaders should remember that the government is run by the people, for the people and that politicians' interests aren't the only ones that matter.

ROSE NOLEN: Urban or rural, a home offers pleasures and surprises

Be it a small town or a big city, every experience adds a chapter to life's great adventure. There are things to be gained and lessons to be learned from each way of life.

ROSE NOLEN: Despite benefits of technology, some things still need human touch

Computers and cellphones get in the way of us knowing how other people really feel.

ROSE NOLEN: Safety on Halloween should not be an afterthought

It used to be safe for children to roam neighborhoods on Halloween, but times have changed. Parents need to take an active role in supervising their children.

ROSE NOLEN: Education used to be the cornerstone of community life

The departure from traditional values in today's tech-driven world is robbing America's youth of the pleasures and opportunities public education used to provide.

ROSE NOLEN: Loss of small post offices is another sign of economic despair

As many small-town post offices, people are losing hope in a recovery for the economic job crisis. 

ROSE NOLEN: Working together can be the glue the nation needs

We can choose either to live together or die alone. For the sake of the nation and our families, let's learn to peacefully reside among one another, despite our backgrounds and biases.

ROSE NOLEN: It's worth speaking up to solve the nation's problems

We are often too apathetic or naive to listen to those around us, but we should pay attention to those seeking peace.

ROSE NOLEN: Sometimes, being out of the loop is a good place to be

People are much too willing to share personal information, and that's just not necessary.

ROSE NOLEN: Failure of irresponsible parents affects everyone

When parents fail, society assumes the responsibility of taking care of their children. Taxpayers pay for foster care and assume the cost of juvenile justice despite having no control over they way children are raised.

ROSE NOLEN: Democracy doesn't mean stooping to make a buck

It's time to ask ourselves what democracy is all about and how far we are willing to go to feather our nests.

ROSE NOLEN: People can make big changes in small towns

Americans can learn from those living in villages and hamlets, where residents are the government. If they want something done, they must step in themselves.

ROSE NOLEN: Independence Day brings memories of great community events

Reflecting on the July 4 celebrations of yesteryear and looking toward those of the future.

ROSE NOLEN: Strong legislation needed to prevent puppy mills

Missy's sad life is a reminder of why we need laws against puppy mills.

ROSE NOLEN: We need to do right by our military

According to a recent article, more service members are taking their own lives than are dying in combat. As Americans, we need to work the problem out.

ROSE NOLEN: There's no better home than Missouri

An upcoming vacation is a reminder that Missouri has the best people, places and things, which is something to celebrate.

ROSE NOLEN: A strong community essential to a quality life

A strong feeling of community support makes it much more likely to lead to a fulfilled life.

ROSE NOLEN: Public servants deserve more respect

No one should have to tolerate disrespect in order to do the job they agreed to perform.

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