Dear Abby: Please tell people to hang up and drive! This year, five girls who had just graduated from high school in a nearby town were killed in a car crash. The news media carried some stories on the investigation, including the fact that the driver's cell phone had sent and received text messages while the driver was passing a truck seconds before the accident occurred.
There is no text message important enough for five people to die for! Unless someone else was using her cell phone, the driver was not paying enough attention to the road.
Talking on a cell phone while driving isn't much safer than texting.
We're all busy. We all need to multitask at times. But pull off the road to use your cell phone, because nothing anyone has to say or hear is worth dying for. Please, Abby, use your influence to get people to hang up and drive! Rosemary in New York
Dear Rosemary: I'll try. Readers, the Los Angeles Times recently printed a picture taken on one of our California highways of a young woman who was not only driving while texting, but also had her left foot hanging out of the side window of her vehicle. Needless to say, with her eyes glued to the screen of her cell phone, she was not watching the road.
I am truly sorry that five young girls lost their lives because of a driver doing something similar. When, oh when, will people finally get the message?
Dear Abby: How do you tell the owners of the company I work for not to bring their dogs to work?
These are very big dogs that bark at the clients when they come in and have eaten people's lunches off their desks. Last week, there was a big to-do when the dogs ate two co-workers' lunches.
How do you get the owners to understand that this is a professional office, not a mom-and-pop antique store, where dogs do not belong? Barking Mad in Ohio
Dear Barking Mad: Unless it's reflected in their accounts receivable, you don't. Any employee who tries will only wind up in the doghouse. Because you can no longer tolerate the livestock, look for a job in an environment that is less animal friendly.
Dear Abby: I have looked everywhere, but I cannot find the answer to my question. If you go out to coffee on a first date, is it a courtesy for the woman to call the man and tell him she did or did not have a good time? Donna in Granada Hills, Calif.
Dear Donna: If you go out for coffee on a first date and have a good time, it's perfectly acceptable to call the man and tell him so. (Everybody appreciates a good review.)If, however, you did NOT have a good time, it would be extremely rude to call the man and tell him.
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