Lauren Forcella

Navigating social politics of police tactics debate

Dear Straight Talk: My friend, 17, is very cold with me now that he’s involved in the protests against police brutality. My dad and uncle are both police officers. While I fe ...

Millennials share up-close and personal challenges for 2015

Dear Readers: We continue with Millennial-generation challenges for 2015. While considering these challenges, the last entry by Icis reminds us to not stereotype individuals. Note: ...

It's party time: Be safe, be sane, and don’t trust Molly

Dear Straight Talk: My roommate got totally wasted at a dorm party on what she was told was Molly. Somebody brought her back to our room and literally dumped her on me. She fell ...

Wishes for the world 2014

Dear Readers: From tiny acorns grow mighty oaks. The dreams of the young are the seeds of the future. It’s my honor to present these youthful voices, each one striving to m ...

The pesky holiday problem of drunken parents

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I dread, rather than enjoy, family gatherings. Political and religious arguments ruin them, especially when the adults have too much to drink, a ...

Yikes, I’m spending Christmas with my boyfriend – and his teenagers

Dear Straight Talk: I’m going to my boyfriend’s house for the special day of Christmas. His boy, 15, and girl, 13, will be there. We’ve been together nine mon ...

Young people sound off on their top gifts

Dear Straight Talk: I enjoy hitting the mark with holiday gifts. I have three teenage grandchildren and two in their 20s. Please advise as to top gifts. Also, do kids read books ...

Family gatherings an opportunity for inter-gen bonding and support

Dear Straight Talk: I’m hosting several sets of parents, grandparents, teenagers and college students for Thanksgiving. The young people tend to divide off, many staring in ...

Panelist shares about healing from child sexual abuse

Dear Readers: Child sexual abuse affects one-in-three girls and one-in-seven boys nationally. In 97 percent of the cases, the abuser is a family member or friend. On Sept. 9, we re ...

Thank you for not smoking

Dear Straight Talk: Trying to quit smoking? Forget it! The trick is not starting. Leroy and Dee were heavy smokers who knew this. They told their sons at a young age that they pu ...