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by Abigail Van Buren

Man Who Had Colostomy Is Desperate for Support

DEAR ABBY: I am 12 years old, and I am the only male I know who reads your column. There is no reason for us guys not to, because you give unconditional advice. You help us see different views from our own, just like you do with females. So don't be afraid, guys -- read it! -- READS EVERYTHING

DEAR READS: Bless you for the endorsement, but I have a flash for you -- males of every age read my column. (They just don't always tell each other about it.)

I'm pleased you are an enthusiastic reader. If I could give younger people one piece of advice, it would be: Read, read, read! In reading, you will open up new worlds, real and imagined. Read for information; read for pleasure. Our libraries are filled with knowledge and joy, and it's all there -- free for the taking. A person who does not read is no better off than the person who CANNOT read.