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Teen unable to process death of parent

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16. This year, my family faced hard times that I'm afraid my friends can't really understand. My mom died three months ago after years of fighting breast cancer. I never told my friends about her illness…


Avoid R.I.P.s: Create safety net for those who have cleaned up

Dear Straight Talk: I want to make everyone aware of something that cost me my son Joshua's life. Several of his friends died in high school. He first buried his feelings with marijuana, then switched to alcohol in order to pass drug…


Harry Potter: Hero in a hero-less world

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Harry Potter was such a sensation for so many young people who grew up on the books and then the movies. I would love to hear what Harry Potter meant to them, and if…

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Choking game hits close to home

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I just read about the boy who died playing the choking game. This really scares me because my sister and some of her friends sometimes do it in our room. I showed her…


Former heroin addict shares life, death

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I am writing to “Desperate in Salinas” (JUL 15), the girl who was hiding her heroin-addicted boyfriend in her parent’s basement.…


Stick with boyfriend through illness

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m 14 and I have a serious decision to make. My boyfriend of three months is sick with a deathly disease. I have a hard time handling sickness, let…

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Heal loss of loved-one with Love

Dear Straight Talk: I’m having a really hard time. One of my friends died. Her name was “Kristin.” She was 16. Her boyfriend, who was 30 minutes from being 21, also died. He was drinking and driving, they hit a tree and…


In memory of Jarrad Forcella Cole

Dear Readers: As some of you know, I lost my son, Jarrad, a few weeks ago. On the morning of August 4, he was killed in a motorcycle accident. It was Saturday. He was 18, leaving in a few weeks…


Stick with friend through death of mother

Dear Straight Talk: I don’t know what to do about my friend “Tasha.” Her mother died about 8 months ago. We’re both 16 and used to be good friends but now she’s so…

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