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By Heloise

This article was published January 13, 2014 at 2:31 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I’d like to comment on a recent Sound Off about people standing in front of the upright freezer in a grocery store, causing the glass to fog up.

I agree with the Sound Off. However, I’d like to offer a solution: If the freezer manufacturers would put nonglare glass in the doors, shoppers wouldn’t have to fight their reflections or the reflections of the background while looking on the freezer shelves for items.

  • Sharon K., Morrilton

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about calling a company and being directed to the website:

“My Sound Off is that it is really frustrating when I call a company because I have a question or need help, and while I am on hold, it directs me to the website. First of all, I wouldn’t have called if I could find the answer on the website. Second, not everyone has a computer. I think many companies forget that. Sometimes you just need to talk to a real person in order to get the answer.” - A Reader in Texas

DEAR READER: How right you are. If a person calls a phone number, he wants to talk with a person, not listen to an automated response.The customer should not be shuffled around. We won’t buy that product, and will certainly tell our friends and others. Readers, if you have a complaint or a good suggestion, please let me know, and I will print as many as I can. A few good words or suggestions can change things.

DEAR READERS: Uses for small plastic lids:

Use as a mixing bowl for cream makeup.

Use under plant pots to allow for water to drain.

Use as a measuring cup for your favorite powdered drinks.

Use for salt or other spices so you can easily grab a pinch of it.

DEAR HELOISE: I am getting married in a few weeks, and the location of the ceremony said we can’t throw birdseed. I know you shouldn’t throw rice, but I thought birdseed was OK.

  • Helen in Illinois

DEAR READER: Helen, it’s a lovely idea, but birdseed can cause a big mess for them to clean up, and even can sprout weeds in their lawns. There are some alternatives. Just check with the venue for any restrictions or recommendations it might have.

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

ActiveStyle, Pages 30 on 01/13/2014

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