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Voice of the People

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 10:53 PM

U.S. voters asked for higher taxes

What is all the fuss over the fiscal cliff thing? The Republicans need to realize that the voters want higher taxes on the wealthy and the House should just sign the bill and move on.

If, in fact, several small businesses fail or have to downsize because of higher taxes, so be it, and let more people join the unemployment ranks.

That is what the American voters wanted, so give it to them.

Don Hiles

Milton

World AIDS Day marks progress

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. In the U.S., there are currently 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS. Every 10 minutes, someone is diagnosed with HIV.

Under the Affordable Care Act, millions more people will be eligible for health insurance and HIV care. Thanks to this law, insurance companies are required to fully cover annual HIV counseling and screening for all sexually active women, as well as HIV screening for adolescents and adults aged 13-64 who are at higher risk for contracting HIV.

At Marshall, VOX: Students for Choice partners with Planned Parenthood Health Systems to provide education and advocacy opportunities for students. By creating a space to have this important dialogue, we hope to reduce high rates of sexually transmitted infections with the goal of creating the healthiest generation ever.

Too often, it's hard for people, including parents, to talk about sexuality, and in many homes discussing sex is taboo. As a result, many teens don't receive comprehensive sex education, including information about HIV. This information is absolutely critical to maintaining the health of our generation, and ensuring that of the generations to follow.

On Dec. 1, please remember how far we've come and how much further we can go.

Jordan Bean

Huntington

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