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We must do better job? educating teens on sex

A report from the New York Civil Liberties Union offers some shocking youth sex statistics for Buffalo students. According to the NYCLU, the lack of binding sex-ed standards is jeopardizing the health and well-being of New York's youth. Make no mistake this is not a city school issue, it is a statewide suburban and urban concern as well. New York's teen pregnancy rate is the 11th highest among the 50 states.

Nothing in the report surprised Planned Parenthood of Western New York, but it will definitely alarm some parents. This report is a must-read for all teens and parents who might need a little wake-up call. It includes topics on sex education, bullying, Internet safety and dating violence all issues that should be covered in a comprehensive sex education program. Google: Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York Students. Visit www.nyclu.org to download the report. It will be a great conversation starter for parents with their teenagers regarding parenthood, sexually transmitted infections and other very important life-altering, risk-taking behaviors that could change the course of their children's lives.

Linda Ulrich Hagner

East Aurora

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Romney's comments ?disparaging to many

I have a comment about Mitt Romney's comment about the 47 percent. Both of my aunts, one who is 99 and the other who is 90, worked all their lives and paid their taxes all those years. But for the last 20-plus years, they have never made enough money to pay taxes. They have never begged and are just collecting what they are due by government rules. Does Romney mean my aunts? Sounds like a case of foot-and-mouth disease again!

John D'Arcangelo

Getzville

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America should make? college more affordable

This country is not going in the right direction. The future of this country is our children. Our children who go to college owe $1 trillion in student loans.
Meanwhile, professional athletes make tens of millions of dollars for five months of work in their sport. It doesn't make sense.

Jon Swick

Lockport

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Obama must not buckle ?to pressure from Israel

There has been much written in the media about the ever-increasing possibility of an Israeli attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran. The Israeli government is putting pressure on the Obama administration to commit to military action sooner rather than later, which President Obama, to his credit, is so far unwilling to do. What has not been said is the fact that while Israel wants Iran's nuclear ambitions stopped dead, it is widely believed that Israel is already a nuclear power. It is the only country in the Middle East with an advanced nuclear capability. Israel, unlike Iran, is not a signatory to any international agreements regarding the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and it does not allow outside inspections of its nuclear facilities.

So before the United States gets involved in a third war in the Middle East, which this country cannot afford, we should make it plain to the Israelis that until they commit to becoming a signatory to existing international agreements and open their nuclear facilities to outside inspection, the United States will not back or support any attack on Iran. The time for hypocrisy by the Israelis is over. Their military is the most powerful in the Middle East, thanks to the taxpayers of this country. And until the nuclear playing field in the Middle East is leveled, with both Israel and Iran willing to allow outside observation of their respective nuclear programs, the U.S. government will be seen as just as hypocritical as the current Israeli government is.

Clay Varga

Lancaster

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Nation cannot afford ?another Obama term

Please tell me what I am missing.

Gas prices in November 2008 were $1.61 per gallon. Today gas costs about $3.96 per gallon.

Only 63.5 percent of the working age population is working a 30-year low.
Housing construction is down over the past 10 months.

Manufacturing output is down over the past 10 months.

Eighty percent of Americans think we are in a recession today, according to a CNN Poll.

Nearly half the nation receives some form of government assistance.

We are hanging on by our fingernails to a financial disaster that awaits us at the beginning of the new year with multiple programs and tax cuts that expire.

Our foreign policy is imploding in the Middle East and spreading, with four lives lost in recent days.

Fast and Furious still has no answers for the family of a murdered border agent.
The health care law continues to escalate in costs and becomes more and more unpopular as new provisions and costs are discovered.

The list can go on and on. Based simply on the above, how can we as Americans support this? Yet somehow the current president is ahead in the polls. How? I don't dislike him. I don't care what race he is or how likable the guy is please look at the numbers, America. We simply cannot afford another four years of the current policies.

Steve Tunmore

Lockport

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Columns by Samuelson ?and Parker are puzzling

Robert Samuelson's column "Are you better off now?" and the likewise rant of Kathleen Parker, "The opinion-as-news contagion," both left me puzzled. Even though I read them twice, I still do not understand what one would benefit, or would learn, from reading them.

"To be sure" Samuelson says, under President Obama, gasoline prices have soared, home values have dropped, although the largest declines occurred before he was elected. "But here, too, continuity reigns." Does he mean reigns like from both President Bushes, who are heavily invested in the oil businesses that affect soaring gasoline prices? That is mind-boggling rhetoric to say the least, but "looking not unlike Peter Parker pre-spider bite, a hapless, nebbish [huh?] figuratively shoved into his locker, metaphorically robbed of his lunch money," really left me puzzled. Must be most of her readers understand Yiddish; I don't.

Parker moans that "activism posing as journalism is a cancer on the body politic," and ends with "No longer do we get what we pay for, as the adage goes.
We get what the activists want and we all pay for it." That's a contagion? God forbid if it spreads amongst us non-intellectuals and warps our minds. If things are so bad, why does she keep on writing? Ah, it must be for the money. And, as the adage goes, go on and cry me a river, on your way to the bank. It all belongs in the landfill with the rest of the garbage.

John Cappelletti

Olean