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Straight Talk TNT: Take care of skin

Dear Straight Talk: I’m glad I don’t have worse concerns than this, but my daughter is going to Mexico with another family and I’m worried she will cook herself on the beach ...

Straight Talk: Questioning whether to kiss or not at date’s end

Dear Straight Talk: I am a 24-year-old man relatively new to dating. It has been my assumption that kissing a woman on a first date is considered “too forward,” but after read ...

Straight Talk TNT: The sickest bullies are those who pretend to be friends

Dear Straight Talk: Someone I once considered a good friend has been saying absolutely horrible things behind my back. I overheard her, so I know it’s true. This person is very ...

Straight Talk TNT: Where does boyfriend sleep when visiting?

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter is a junior in college. She’ll be coming home shortly with her boyfriend who we have not yet met. They do not live together but I’m pretty sure ...

Straight Talk TNT: College-age panelists weigh in on pornography issue

Dear Straight Talk: My younger brother is 19, a healthy college student. We are close friends. He confided in me that he is reluctant to date because of recent problems with arousa ...

Straight Talk TNT: Siblings embarrassed about having two moms

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 with a 14-year-old sister. Our mom is gay and her partner, “Jenny,” lives with us. We’re products of a marriage when she was young and trying t ...

Straight Talk TNT: Mom worries about son's Facebook friend count

Dear Straight Talk: Maybe I shouldn’t meddle, but my son is an awkward, shy teenager and my brother’s kids are popular. At a recent reunion, a lively conversation ensued about ...

Straight Talk: 'Glee' offers Hollywood-style take on high school

Dear Straight Talk: One of my guilty pleasures is watching “Glee.” I am wondering if the degree of bullying they depict is exaggerated or if high school today is really like t ...

Straight Talk: What do you do if girlfriend too much like mom?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a 17-year-old guy in a pretty serious relationship with my girlfriend. We’ve been together almost a year and are sexually active. The problem is, she ...

Straight Talk: Moving on can be hard

Dear Straight Talk: Six months ago, my younger sister was rejected by her boyfriend for another girl. She’s still not over it. She lies around sad and depressed and hardly leave ...

Straight Talk: Most kids today need some type of ‘stress band-aids’

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a retired high school nurse interested in how kids self-soothe in order to de-stress. I observe kids having such stressed childhoods that most have some t ...

Straight Talk: Panel weighs in on the shootings in Arizona

Dear Straight Talk: I’m curious how young people feel about the shootings in Arizona. Politics has taken on an “us versus them” mentality. Hate and sound bites prevail over ...

Straight Talk: Young men share their side of hookups conversation

Dear Straight Talk: I counsel teens on college and career choices and have been learning about “hookup” culture. I’m concerned that sexual activity, starting with girls as y ...

Straight Talk: Panelists seek uniform cell phone policy for schools

Dear Straight Talk: I teach high school civics. I’m interested in a solution to the problem of cell phone distractions in high school classrooms. Everyone knows they are a huge ...

Straight Talk panelists co-author motorcycle safety law

Dear Readers: Last school year, two teenage panelists from Straight Talk wanted to make the world a better place. Michael Kelleher and Sawyer Cole took their idea to the Capitol an ...