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by Abigail Van Buren

Employees Feel Cruel Blast of Owner's Explosive Temper

DEAR ABBY: Several weeks ago you printed a letter from a retired police detective. He wrote regarding the woman whose husband insisted on sleeping with their bedroom window open. Has neither of them ever heard of drilling holes in the frames of the upper and lower sections of the window, with the lower window raised approximately 3 to 4 inches, then inserting a long nail or a bolt through the holes?

The windows are then locked in an open position too small for an intruder to gain entry, but with enough space for ventilation.

For many of us who live in areas of the country where air conditioning is necessary only a few days a year, this has been a practical and safe solution. -- A READER FROM THE NORTHWEST