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Hints From Heloise: Parking perspectives

Dear Readers: Here are a couple of responses that came in to a recent SOUND OFF about handicapped parking spots:

“Your column printed a letter complaining about able-bodied people parking in handicapped parking spaces while leaving the handicapped person in the parked car.

“My 90-year-old mother-in-law can walk only a few feet, but she still loves to get out. She loves to sit in the car and watch people while they go into a store. If I don’t park up front in the parking lot, she cannot see people coming in and out of the store. This is one of the few activities she can enjoy. -- A Caring Daughter-in-Law in Montana”

“I do not want to leave my mom out in the parking lot by herself. I feel it is safer to have her closer to the store, where there are more people around. -- Margaret in California”

Thanks for your letters and showing us a different point of view on the subject. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Other uses for floor-cleaning-cloth containers:

* Storing receipts or paid bills.

* Housing rags for car or garage.

* Keeping paintbrushes and craft supplies in.

* Using as a drawer organizer.

* Corralling small toys.

-- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Do you have any hints on how to care for your flag and extend its life? -- Jim D. in San Antonio

I do, and I am happy to share this information from a major flag manufacturer! Make sure your flag is made for outdoor use before displaying it outside. Try to limit the flag’s exposure to rain, snow and high winds. The elements can shorten the flag’s life.

Clean your flag regularly. Hand-wash with warm water and a mild soap. Rinse completely and lay it out to dry. Make sure it is completely dry before storing.

Be careful where you hang your flag. You do not want your flag blowing into anything that will harm it.

Inspect your flag often. Check for damage, and normal wear and tear. Remember that if a flag is too worn or damaged, it should no longer be flown, and should be retired properly. Check with veterans organizations or the American Legion to find out more. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: My husband and I often rent movies on our television through the cable company. Whenever we rent a movie, I write the title on the calendar. When we get our monthly bill, I go over it and make sure we are charged for only what we rented. -- Caroline in Georgia


Dear Heloise: My hint is so obvious, I wonder why I didn’t see it sooner. All those hangers for pants have a clip on either end. Just cut off the clip — now you have two chip clips. You can have a never-ending supply. -- Lucy M. in San Antonio

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to

, King Features Syndicate

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