Free Speech, 1/3/12

Allow Plan B for those under 17
In regard to the Heath and Human Services secretary having the authority to make this decision, at this point I don’t think it’s a question of if, but how? In my opinion the Morning-after Pill should be available to women under the age of 17. The age of young girls becoming sexually active has dropped, and I do not think that the girls under 17 would misuse it. I unfortunately had to take my little sister, who was 15 at the time, to get the Pill and the directions are very straightforward. Also the Pill is $50 each, I don’t think that many girls under 17 would have the income to misuse this option as birth control, and chances are, they would have to get help from their parents anyways to afford it.
Dawn S.
[RE: Debate Forum Topic: “Obama administration says ‘No’ to lowering age for Plan B” 12/20/11]

Re-Werk-ing my life
The Werks is a band I could follow for the rest of my life. When I was first introduced to the Werks, I was at my first-ever music festival in Indiana. I was actually going through one of the most emotionally depressing times of my life. I’ll never forget this, I was sitting on a hill by the stage and the Werks came on. I remember standing up, turning around, and saying, “Who is this?” My friend said, “Hey, it’s the Werks. Ever heard them?” I told him, “No, but I sure as hell want to hear more!” Then after this festival I researched them and came to find they were hosting their own show called the Werk Out Music and Arts Festival. During this show they played for hours on end and the entire time I was overcome by overwhelming happiness and joy, and I even danced for the first time in my life … for nine hours straight! So the Werks will forever go down as a band that’s changed my life! I love you guys for opening my eyes as well as my heart!
Justin Bezeau
[RE: “A real Werk out” by Nick Schwab, 12/20/11]

Living it up like a minimalist
I always look forward to living the minimalist lifestyle every weekend that I spend and enjoy at our 800 square-foot cottage at Indian Lake. I didn’t realize that I could purposefully change my lifestyle at home. Thanks Annie.
Ann Sidell
[RE: “Do as the minimalists do” by Annie Bowers, 12/20/11]

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