DEAR ABBY: Thanks for printing the letter reminding us of the importance of Flag Day and for urging Americans to fly Old Glory. As I read it, I wondered if your readers knew that by contacting their senator or congressman, they can get a flag for as little as $7.50 -- the actual cost of the flag -- plus $4 for shipping. They can even have it flown over the U.S. Capitol and have that event commemorated with a personalized certificate.
Regardless of where they get their flag, however, I wanted to join with your patriotic correspondent in urging Americans to take pride in our nation by displaying an American flag. Yours respectfully, U.S. SEN. PHIL GRAMM, WASHINGTON, D.C.
DEAR SENATOR GRAMM: The fact that people can purchase flags at cost (plus shipping charges) from their legislators in Washington was news to me. Batten down the hatches -- because I'm sure that offer will interest a lot of people.
DEAR ABBY: This is in response to the bald man from Fort Lauderdale who sweeps his hair over his bald spot and bugs his wife with the foot-long flag of hair streaming in the breeze when they go boating.
I have barbered for 49 years and don't claim to be an expert, but have learned a little along the way. We all have customers with special requests and try to honor them. That head of hair could and should be cut so that no matter which way it is combed or not combed -- or windblown -- it would not be a problem.
I produce some haircuts just like that one, because that is what the customer asks for and he is paying the bill, but don't ask me to autograph the work as an artist who is proud.
"Baldy" has one good thing going for him. His wife is sick of his denial, and he should take her advice. His problem is in his head and not ON it. Winding a flag of hair over your head is like wearing a sign telling the world you are bald. -- WILLARD M. KERK, CHAPPELL, NEB.
DEAR WILLARD: I'm printing your letter because there's no denying that when it comes to hair, you are an expert. But if I see one more letter about baldness, I'll curl up and dye. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: In response to your recent column about a husband who attempts to cover his baldness with a comb-over:
Perhaps we could form a support group for balding men and call it "United Hairlines." -- WADE KNIGHT, JUNCTION CITY, KAN.
DEAR ABBY: I've had a best friend for nine years. (I'll call her Christy.) She's always been there when I needed her, but here's the problem: She flirts with most of the guys I'm interested in.
Last month I found a guy that I really like. We hang out all the time. I've come to find out that Christy's also interested in him. She never even told me! I had to find out from someone else. He also has the same feelings toward her. He and I are still friends, but I really don't want to have anything to do with Christy anymore. She knew for about a month that I liked him a lot, but she went after him anyway! What do you think about this best friend's behavior? -- MELLISA IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
DEAR MELLISA: With friends like Christy, you don't need any enemies! But it may not be HER fault that he's more attracted to her than he is to you, and one person does not "own" another person. "All is fair in love and war" -- and this is a combination of both.
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