Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 22, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/22/2013

Get yourself tested

If you’re a sexually active young person, you should know that sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people: there are now about 20 million new infections in the United States each year, half in the under-25 age group.

As a college student, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there among people my age about sexually transmitted infections and how it can feel uncomfortable talking about getting tested. Because many STIs cause no symptoms, getting tested (and using condoms) is the best way to take care of yourself and your partner.

Taking charge of our health by getting tested is one of the most important things we can do. Learn about STIs and testing by visiting “Get Yourself Tested” at www.GYTnow.org or contacting a Planned Parenthood health center at (800) 230 PLAN to schedule a checkup.

Planned Parenthood works every day to keep young people healthy, and their doors are open to everyone. Go. Get yourself tested.

Kimberly Wiggins

Lake City

 

Divided we fail

With a cold spring in the air maybe we should think about not mowing the grass this summer. Think of the emissions from lawnmowers alone. But then we have people coming in cars, buses, and planes to be on their boats and big houses, watching airshows, parades and those dirty fireworks.

Do you think Al Gore wakes up screaming in the mirror about his carbon footprint, Michael Moore about capitalism, Bill Maher about being a 2 percenter or when Obama looks at a picture of himself as a senator knowing the disappointment of his spending.

There have been some letters about people being misrepresented. Apparently I’m a racist, womanhating, gun-toting, bible-thumping, homophobe, and it goes on. Now what kind of representation am I getting?

Divided we are and divided we fail, but there is a lot of money made from all this hypocrisy.

Marc Purkiss

Traverse City

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