Wanted: Opinions from teenagers

The Bee makes room for the views of teens and young adults on its Opinions pages. Starting this week, letters to the editor from younger readers -- appearing under the label Fresh Ink -- will run on Fridays, near the back of the Local News section.

This week, we have letters from high school students about abortion, litter and a school lockdown.

Here are the guidelines for submitting a letter:

It should be about a public issue and be 200 words or less.

Send it to or mail it to Fresh Ink Letters, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352.

Include your name, address, phone, age and school. We don't print your phone number or address; we just need them in case we have a question.

The letter becomes the property of The Bee and probably will be posted on as well as going in the newspaper.