The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

February 24, 2014

Right on the buttons?

Hints from Heloise


— Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound Off, regarding extra buttons on clothing:

“Most men’s garments have extra buttons attached in an inconspicuous place on the garment, whereas most women’s garments have extra buttons attached with a plastic string that is removed when the garment is worn. Wouldn’t it be nice if women’s clothing had extra buttons placed where they could easily be found if they needed replacing? — A Reader in Florida”

You’re right! Some women’s shirts do have an extra button attached, usually on an inseam, but those little envelopes with the extra buttons can be a bother to keep up with. — Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com    

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for disposable baby-wipe containers:

* Use as a drawer organizer.

* Store plastic shopping bags in one.

* Use to dye Easter eggs in.

* Store arts and crafts supplies.

* Soak small, hard-to-clean items in one.

— Heloise

SERVICE-DOG IDS

Dear Heloise: I read in your column about service animals and was wondering if you might be able to clarify. You said that according to the Americans With Disabilities Act, store personnel may ask only two questions, and that a medical card or letter is not required. I have a friend who is legally blind, and I often drive her and her service dog to appointments, shopping, etc. She carries a card that store personnel sometimes ask for, which states that she indeed has an authentic service dog. I was just wondering if it is possible that the laws are different in different states? — N.C., Colorado Springs, Colo.

According to the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), employees may not ask for certification or identification. While most service animals wear a special harness, leash or vest that shows they are “working,” and may have certification or identification cards, they don’t need one.

It is great that your friend carries the card with her. And if asked if her dog is a service dog, showing the card definitely would make store personnel feel assured that her dog is in fact a service dog. Remember, service dogs are NOT pets! They help people with many tasks.

Some state laws (not all) about service animals seem to follow the ADA requirements. But if you or my other readers have questions on your state’s laws about service animals, contact the state’s attorney general. — Heloise

PLEASANT LETTER

Dear Heloise: I write a lot of letters to friends. I cut one of the sample perfume pages from magazines and put it in with the letter. Gives a pleasant smell when they open the envelope. — Grace D., Staten Island, N.Y.

SHEET GARTERS

Dear Heloise: Loved your idea about suspenders on sheets. I use women’s stocking garters on each corner (put on the sheet before you pull over the bed corner). — J.S. in Leesburg, Fla.