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RELEASE: SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014 Dear Ann Landers: Last night, I was driving in the city and hit a cat. "Just some stray animal," most people would say. I stopped my car and checked the poor creature, but it wasn't breathing. There was no identification, but I couldn't get over the …Read more. RELEASE: SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014 Dear Ann Landers: Two years ago, I met a wonderful man, and we have been dating ever since. When "Bob" bought a home last May, he asked me to move in with him. I knew his mother would be moving in, too, but I thought it would be temporary. Well, it'…Read more. RELEASE: SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014 Dear Ann Landers: A co-worker in my office told me she wanted to see a Broadway show. I have a friend, "Harry," who gets tickets for me. This co-worker (I'll call her "Mary") asked whether he could get her two good seats. She gave me the money, and …Read more. RELEASE: SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 Dear Ann Landers: When my sister and I were young, we were told our mother had died when we were babies. Two years ago, I was contacted by a woman claiming to be our biological mother. She had been searching for us for 33 years. My father died 10 …Read more.
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Editor's Note: Hundreds of Ann Landers' loyal readers have requested that newspapers continue to publish her columns. These letters originally appeared in 1999.

Dear Ann Landers: I am a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association. I am concerned about the letter signed "Ohio Nightmare Without End." She said her in-laws often show up on Sunday morning uninvited and let themselves into their home. The in-laws use the emergency key the couple keeps hidden near the door of the house.

Please, Ann, tell your readers not to hide keys outside their homes. No matter how secret they may believe a hiding place is, a criminal is sure to find it. Burglars know exactly where to look. After all, breaking into homes is their business.

No one should leave an extra key under the mat, over the door, in the mailbox or anyplace someone could find it. If your readers feel they MUST have an emergency key, it should be left with a trusted friend or neighbor. May I also suggest that they not leave the key in any of the commercial devices advertised as "hiding places" because, believe it or not, criminals read those advertisements, too. — Richard D. Pontes, security specialist, Boston

Dear Richard Pontes: Your letter is sure to prevent a great deal of anguish. Thank you for giving my readers some extremely valuable advice today for the price of a newspaper.

Dear Ann Landers: I need help — fast.

I have a very dear friend who will be flying to California next month to visit her family. She has never flown before. This woman is large — I am talking nearly 300 pounds at least.

"Ruth" is not going to fit into a coach seat, and I am not sure she could fit into a first-class seat either. I don't want her to be embarrassed when she boards the plane. You know how cruel people can be about those who are overweight.

How should I approach her? Should I ask if she is flying first class? I don't want her to be humiliated, Ann. Thanks for your help. — A Heavy Problem in the Motor City

Dear H.P. in M.C.: Call the airline, and explain the situation. Ask if they would advise Ruth to buy a first-class seat or two coach seats. Then, tell Ruth you have heard that airline coach seats are getting smaller, and let her know what the airline recommended. It is important that she call ahead so there will be no surprises at the airport. You are a thoughtful friend to be concerned. Bless you.

"A Collection of My Favorite Gems of the Day" is the perfect little gift for that special someone who is impossible to buy for. Send a self-addressed, long, business-sized envelope and a check or money order for $5.25 (this includes postage and handling) to: Collection, c/o Ann Landers, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

ANN LANDERS (R)

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There is no safe hiding place for valuables either within or outside your house. If you can think of it, a burglar can think of it too. Years ago I had a friend who kept a substantial sum of money stashed up an unused heating vent that you wouldn't normally even notice on a routine house visit (it was in a corner, discreetly behind some furniture but was not impossible to get to when you needed to). She naively believed that if her house was ever broken into, a burglar would never find her stash. You can guess what happened.
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Posted by: Paul W
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:57 AM
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