DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about spitting in public:
“When I was young, there were public signs saying not to expectorate in public. We used to think the signs were funny, because we thought no one would be vulgar enough to spit in public. Now I seepeople casually spitting as they’re walking around. Isn’t it still against the law to spit in public places? Is public spitting socially acceptable? Is there any way to discourage what seems to be a growing trend?” - Concerned Reader, via email
DEAR READER: There are laws (in some cities) still on the books about spitting in public from long ago. It’s a disgusting and sickening habit!
DEAR READERS: Here are some uses for duct tape:
Use to temporarily hem a pair of pants.
Line the bottom of backpacks to make them sturdier.
Remove lint and pet hair from clothing and furniture.
Keep in a car trunk for emergency repairs.
Use to remove thorns or splinters.
DEAR HELOISE: I am the “caretaker” of some old sterling-silver pieces. Do you have suggestions to keep them from tarnishing while stored? Where should I keep them?
- Madeline W. in Texas
DEAR READER: To help keep your silver from tarnishing, you want to store it in a container that will keep air out. Your best bet is a clothlined chest made for storing silver. The chests usually are lined with a special fabric that keeps your pieces from absorbing air pollutants and sulfur.
If a chest isn’t an option, wrap each piece in acid-free or archival paper. Once wrapped, seal each piece in a plastic, zippered bag. Do not use newspaper, regular tissue paper, plastic wrap or rubber bands, as they can cause harm and discolor the pieces.
You also might look into getting anti-tarnish strips or silica-gel packs to store with the silver pieces. Store them in a temperature-regulated part of the house, like a bedroom closet or even under the bed. Don’t store in the attic or basement.
DEAR HELOISE: Following back surgery, I spent a lot of time in bed. My food tray was not big enough, so I bought a cookie sheet to use. Now I am better and baking again.
- A Reader in Oregon Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
ActiveStyle, Pages 28 on 09/16/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS