Heloise readers vent over trash in the ocean

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about ocean, beach trash. — Heloise

“Dear Heloise: My three children and I went to the beach today and were disgusted by the amount of trash on the sand and in the water. What makes people think they can dispose of cans, plastic bottles, paper and assorted plastic toys on the beach or toss them into the ocean? Even an apple core takes two months to break down, so how long do you think it takes plastic to break down?

“I went online and did some investigating, and I discovered that billions of pounds of trash enter our oceans annually. Over 100,000 marine animals die every year due to eating plastic or becoming entangled in a plastic net.

“If you see trash on the beach, pick it up and dispose of it properly. Never throw anything into the ocean. Write to your representatives in Congress and demand that they do more to clean up the oceans and make it a priority.” — Norma E., La Jolla, Calif.


Dear Readers: When cleaning a laminated countertop, don’t use abrasive cleaners, as they scratch and eventually remove the finish. Mild soap and water usually is enough to clean it, and if a stain occurs, put a little lemon juice on the spot, then some baking soda to form a paste. Gently rub in a circular motion, then rinse. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)