Facing the Facts of Life

It's sad that Bernadine Healy's caring and relevant column "Let's Teach Our Children Well," about sexually transmitted diseases in teens, received a mere two columns in the September 15-22 issue while the lament of declining sexual function in baby boomers got the fantastic cover treatment.

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It's sad that Bernadine Healy's caring and relevant column "Let's Teach Our Children Well," about sexually transmitted diseases in teens, received a mere two columns in the September 15-22 issue while the lament of declining sexual function in baby boomers got the fantastic cover treatment. Get over it. It is a normal physiological decline for all of us. Turn your attention to diabetes, degenerative joint disease, cancer, obesity, strokes, cardiac disease, macular degeneration, glaucoma...these are real disabling or life-threatening conditions for baby boomers. The explicit nature of the remaining articles does not even warrant a response.

Matthew Kan Minneapolis

The nationwide epidemic of teen sex, pregnancies, illegitimate babies, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases is a consequence of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, which ushered into mainstream thinking and behavior the false and pernicious idea of free sex, defined as sex devoid of love, morality, fidelity, commitment, and responsibility. Sex should be and is the language of the body that conveys a communion of hearts, minds, and souls within the sacrament of marriage. But today's popular sexual attitudes and practices reduce sex to simply a tool of gratification. The results are broken hearts, lives, marriages, homes, and families.

Haven Bradford Gow Greenville , Miss.

Thank you, Dr. Healy, for an excellent, much-needed, comprehensive explication of the emotion-laden "facts of life" in an essential intergenerational context. Bravo!

David E. Cook Coon Rapids , Minn.