Straight Talk

Straight Talk: Long distance: Absence makes the heart go yonder

Dear Straight Talk: Last week I moved seven hours away from my boyfriend of two years. We are at different colleges and agreed to make it work. But I am having my doubts. He was my ...

Straight Talk: Does college couple need pill and condom both?

Dear Straight Talk:  My boyfriend is 22 and I'm almost 20. We're in college and unsure about our long-term future, so we just call ourselves friends. However, our relationship ...

Straight Talk: Daughter is shaving pubic hair; what does it mean?

Dear Straight Talk: I don’t know who to talk to. I walked in on my daughter (17), undressing, and couldn’t help but see that she shaves her pubic hair. I didn’t s ...

Straight Talk: Kids want divorce drama over; mom can’t face ex

Dear Straight Talk: I am newly divorced from my husband who “wanted out” of the relationship after 18 years and three kids (13, 15 and 18). He has a girlfriend already ...

Straight Talk: Stereotyped as a B student? Tips for getting A's

Dear Straight Talk: Some time ago you printed a letter from a boy who felt stereotyped as a B student. The panel gave tips on how to get A's anyway. Could you run that again? When ...

Straight Talk: Parents walking around house nude bothers sisters

Dear Straight Talk: Our dad and mom believe in casual nudity in the home. They think nothing of walking around naked. It didn’t bother us when we were younger and were taught ...

Straight Talk: Boy, parents at odds over gap year

Dear Straight Talk: I'm slated to head off to college in August, but I want to take a gap year in South America first. I have savings and will work as I go. I think immersing i ...

Straight Talk: Girl thinks post-high school dating rules too strict

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17. I’ve graduated from high school and will attend community college this fall. I have a boyfriend, but I’m not allowed to hang out at hi ...

Straight Talk: Reader from Auburn asks for advice on boyfriend's addiction

Dear Straight Talk: Please help. I am 22 and have been with my boyfriend for two years. He was the greatest person – that is, until some personal problems led him to try meth ...

Straight Talk: Boyfriend wants girlfriend to send him nude pics

Dear Straight Talk: My boyfriend and I are separated this summer for almost a month. He wants me to send him nude pictures of myself over our phones. I trust him to keep them priva ...

Former bully victim asks, "Do panelists stand up to bullies?"

Dear Straight Talk: I saw the movie, “Bully” recently. Having had a taste of being bullied in high school — and witnessing far worse — it really affected me ...

Looking for a summer jobHang on to this column!

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old son has started looking for a summer job and is having a tough time. I have a feeling he is not presenting himself well throughout the process. I ...

Straight Talk: Teens 'n' Twenties

Dear Straight Talk: A friend won’t stop texting when she drives and it makes me nervous. She is the only friend I have with a car and I can’t get around without her. Ho ...

Straight Talk: Teens 'n' Twenties

Dear Straight Talk: I’m afraid for the end of the world. How do others cope with the mistreatment of our planet? We have rising oceans, nuclear plant meltdowns, species ex-ti ...

Straight Talk: Teens 'n' Twenties

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17, writing about my brother, 16. I believe my parents are allowing him to socially retard himself with video games. If he gets good grades and does h ...