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Straight Talk: Teens consider smoking dope

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 14 and friends of mine (I’ll call them Janine and Claire), go to Mexico a lot with Janine’s family where they hook up with older people and get drunk. ...

Straight Talk: Texting while driving unsafe

Dear Straight Talk: My son is 17. Starting July 1, he will be banned from using a cell phone while driving until he is 18. Today he informed me that he won’t talk on his cell a ...

Straight Talk: Old panelists reflect, give advice to grads

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a regular reader and am impressed with your panelists. I would like to ask the older ones what advice, looking back, they would give to a high school grad ...

Straight Talk: Sports bikes popular, but deadly, for young riders

Dear Readers: As some of you know, I lost my beautiful son, Jarrad, in a motorcycle accident last August. We all lost him. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It also marks t ...

When and how do you pop the STD question?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and I have a question. How do you ask a potential partner how many partners she’s had and whether she has a sexually transmitted disease? I am go ...

Straight Talk: Dad's pot smoking concerns writer

Dear Straight Talk: My mom and dad got in a fight a few days ago and my mom ended it with, Just run upstairs and smoke your pot. Now I realize I can hear my dad smoking it in the ...

Straight Talk: Cutting is a serious addiction requiring help

Dear Straight Talk: I've been cutting since I was 16. I do it every time I'm mad or depressed. Once I see the blood, I feel like everything is going to be OK. It's something I've g ...