Lauren Forcella

What bugs Millennials about their generation?

Dear Readers: What bugs you about your generation? I asked the panel this simple question and their responses are, I hope, unsettling. As the first children to come of age in the ...

Teen wants help losing weight

Dear Straight Talk: This year, I want to lose weight. My weight affects my energy, my lack of a boyfriend, and how I feel about myself. I think my mom is scared I’ll become ...

Teen suffers post holiday blues

Dear Straight Talk: It’s the day after Christmas and I’m so depressed. We do this whole thing at my grandparents where my relatives buy all this stuff and we spend th ...

Underage booze parties can land parents in trouble

Dear Straight Talk, I recently met the parent of one of my son’s friends. I was floored when she told me she allows kids to drink at her house as long as they stay the nigh ...

Society and kids the big losers when children don’t read

Dear Straight Talk, Every morning I drive my granddaughter to high school and observe all the kids, every hand gripping a cell phone. I’ve been in the newspaper business 46 ...

Best friend entangled in cheating love triangle

Dear Straight Talk, My roommate and best friend is torn between two lovers. She finds her boyfriend, “Raf,” dull so she is cheating on him with “Sevan” wh ...

Girl starts craving her friend’s e-cigarette

Dear Straight Talk, My friend uses an e-cigarette when we go for coffee or to parties. Lots of kids smoke cigarettes at parties but she says her parents would flip out if she was ...

Knowing the warning signs of suicide can save a life

Dear Readers, The news is filled with murder-rate statistics and efforts to fight violent crime, yet most people don’t realize there are more than double the suicide deaths ...

Diary entry about suicide must be taken seriously

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and have a stepsister who I’m somewhat close to. We go to different schools but share my room every other weekend. She’s super depres ...

Boy wants ‘fresh start’ at new school

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16, hoping for a fresh start at a new high school after leaving my old one for being bullied. I’m pretty small for a guy and not very athletic ...