Dear Readers: Here's another SOUND OFF about the phony calls people get. -- Heloise

"Dear Heloise: I read in your column recently about scammers, and I thought I'd add my 2 cents. It seems like every other phone call I get is someone trying to get me to send them money or trying to tell me I won a cruise or a free this or that. These are all scam calls, and when I question them, they usually hang up. I got one the other day and told them I do not make contributions to organizations I don't know and certainly not until I investigate them. They look for people like me whom they believe are senile because we're retired, or in our 70s and 80s. Just because a person is over the age of 65 does not mean he or she is unable to detect a scam.

"Please keep all bank account information secret, and don't share information about credit cards with people soliciting donations. Instead, ask them to send you information about their organization." -- Betty S., Newberry, S.C.

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Heloise

P.O. Box 795001

San Antonio, TX 78279-5001

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Here are some uses for the comics in the Sunday papers:


Cover an old book.
Use as wrapping paper.
Use them to teach your child to read.
It makes a terrific border for a bulletin board.

-- Heloise

READER NOT IN AGREEMENT

Dear Heloise: I don't agree with a recent reader's letter about traveling without children and instead leaving them with grandparents. It's nice to travel, but take the kids with you. It's educational for them, and they enjoy time with their parents.

Too many people today rely on grandparents for money, baby-sitting, help fixing things, etc. My generation managed on our own, with little or no help. -- A Reader in Indiana

I can understand wanting to get away for a trip with just the two parents and no children, and I also can understand the desire to take the youngsters along. How do you readers feel about this? Should children be included on every trip? Let us know. -- Heloise

ADULTS ONLY?

Dear Heloise: Regarding a recent reader's letter, the most tactful way to handle having no children at a wedding reception is that when your invitations are being printed, they should say at the bottom: "You are invited to an adults-only reception at ..."

Printers do this all the time. -- A Reader, Jacksonville, Fla.

EASY BEAUTY

Dear Heloise: When I put on or take off pantyhose, I use plastic gloves. No nail snags.

Also, when I pull on or off a garment over my head, I cover my face with a shower cap. No makeup stains. -- Gail in Los Angeles