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Hoolabaloo over a banned high school paper:

The edition also contained a photo of an unidentified student’s tattoo, and the student had not told her parents about the tattoo, said Superintendent Tom Bailey.

“I have a problem with the idea of putting something in the paper that makes us a part of hiding something from the parents,” he said.

How is publishing a picture hiding something? Are the parents so unfamiliar with their child that they won’t recognise them without a caption?

I am proud that a paper named the Oak Leaf published ” birth control article listed success rates for different methods and said contraceptives were available from doctors and the local health department.” I’m also surprised over the hoolabaloo. It’s hardly startling and revolutionary news. Superintendent Tom Bailey also said, “We’ve got 14-year-olds that read the newspaper.” Hello! 14-year-olds get pregnant. They should know about contraceptives and what happens when contraceptives fail and that things like pulling out don’t work. Those very same health departments will also give the kids valuable information on the consequences of contacting an STD. 14 year olds who are informed are better able to make responsible decisions about their body and the consequences of their actions.

Please, be an organ donar.

French doctors claim world-first partial face transplant

They reconstructed the face of a woman scarred by a horrific dog bite. If this is a successful transplant, think of what it could mean to people who are horribly disfigured by fires, accidents, and other awful things. And I know this is painful to consider, but think about what it could mean to another child, if the unspeakable happens to yours. I’m not sure I can think of a gift that I would be more grateful for.

About dog bites: did you know the number 1 cause of dogbites is ear infections? It’s very painful when a dog with an ear infection is so much as brushed against. It’s excruciating when the dog’s ear is grabbed, oh, say by a toddler hugging their loving pet. The dog will snap. It’s an automatic reflex. The dog really can’t help it. Be a good dog-parent, and clean your dog’s ears.

Lecture mode: off.