Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Columns

January 14, 2013

Troops, soda, sex ed, more

(Continued)

On how often you use paper checks, and if you pay most of your bills online or via the old-fashioned method:

• I pay all bills online through my bank’s online bill payment program. Have for years — Kathy L.

• I pay both ways — Judith L.

• One check a month, the rest electronically — Leah P.

• I use checks for things like rent and school meals. Use my debit card for most, paying over the phone. But with more phone charges coming up I have used the Internet, too. Prefer the phone method — Alicia P.

On a poll question asking if sex education should be taught at the grade school level:

• No — Martha W.

• Um, of course not — Jessica W.

• No — Theresa P.

• No! They will learn sooner or later, hopefully later — Linda C.

• Um, as a parent it is my job and choice as to when I’ll teach my children about sex. Since when did the government take that right away? My child, my choice — Sunshine G.

• No! — Tammy S.

• I wouldn’t want anyone but myself and my hubby teaching our son these things. Home schooling is looking more and more appealing — Angela C.

• No! But you better start at home at this age because it is out there. Sad, but true — David D.

• No — Danny H.

• No, the innocence of children is already being taken away by Hollywood and the video game producers — Derek K.

• Heck no! That’s what parents are for! Geez, they grow up too fast as it is — Jessica M.

• No — Fran E.

• No! — Dale R.

• Yes :) I do believe that the schools should when so many parents fail to teach their children and teens about sexual education. Children and teens are maturing at faster rates and earlier ages than the parents are willing to accept the responsibilities for that their babies are going up. It’s not forcing our children out of innocence but it will be to help them make wise, educated choices that many parents fear already to talk to their kids about. I think it is a good idea. If the parents fail at it then perhaps a child might have a chance being taught in school ... — Cindy C.

On a story about a McDowell County man arrested after a stabbing spree at Northfork Hollow:

• Ban those assault knives — Marcel A.

• I think if it had been an assault rifle the charges might be a smidgen worse then “malicious wounding” — Paul P.

• Yep! Ban them! While we are at it, let’s make a punchline out of a local crime to advance an unrelated political position — Neal V.

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