Dear Readers: Here is a response to a SOUND OFF that ran about people driving in the rain without their headlights on:

“In your column, a reader sounded off about drivers not turning on their headlights when their windshield wipers are on in rainy weather. This also applies when it is foggy. Many drivers think that because their vehicle has running lights on all the time, it is not necessary to turn on the headlights. However, it is not just from the front that they need to be seen, but also from the rear. Taillights do not come on unless the headlights are turned on. Those taillights need to be on also when visibility is reduced. Love your column in the San Antonio Express-News. -- Kathy in San Antonio”

A number of states have laws that require headlights to be turned on during rain. Check with your state and insurance company about this. -- Heloise



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Dear Readers: Other uses for nongel toothpaste:

* Fill small holes in a wall.

* Dab on a pimple to reduce it.

* Buff out scratches on stoneware.

* Clean costume jewelry.

* Put on a mosquito bite.

-- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have large gatherings several times a year for family and friends, like for the Fourth of July. Because so many people come, we often have too much food. You can only have so many potato salads! So I have started asking some guests to bring canned food that we can donate to the food bank instead of a dish. This way, nothing is wasted, and we are helping a good cause. -- Donna, via e-mail

Donna, this is a wonderful heart hint! I hope my readers will follow your lead. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My mom has a wood curio cabinet with little statues that are stuck on the wood, and we can’t remove them. Can you give me some solution to this problem? How can we get these things unstuck? -- Vickie, via e-mail

Vickie, what a sticky situation! Try taking an old credit card, or something else small and flat, and gently slipping it under the statue. Make sure you go slowly and gently to loosen the bond. There might be some damage to the wood underneath. Depending on how bad it is, you might need to refinish the wood or consult a professional. If it is a small amount of damage, you probably can hide it. Use a decorative runner, doily or pretty fabric, and place it over the wood before putting anything else on the cabinet shelves. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Whenever my small son takes a bath in the evening, I use some of the time I am in there watching him to also do a quick cleanup of the bathroom. I clean the mirror, wipe the counters, clean the toilet, reorganize a drawer, clean out the medicine cabinet, etc. I do one or two things a day, and the work doesn’t build up on me. -- Kathy, via e-mail

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