The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 36
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E4 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 CONSUMER THE SAUNA JOURNAL • CONSUMER CORNER Don't trust psychic services Most likely, the only thing you can count on is high phone bills Dear Kansas Consumers: I am sure most of you have seen the commercials on television promoting psychic services. They can seem pretty real when the reader uncovers shocking reyelations about the person's life. I strongly recommend that Kansans avoid these services. However, if you decide to try one of these services, please be aware that these "psychics" are merely telemarketers engaging in a for-profit entertainment business. Their talents lie not in their psychic abilities, but in keeping you on the phone and running up extremely high phone bills. Please do not become a victim of this form of costly entertainment. Many companies now adver­ tise toll-free numbers you can call for a "free of charge" read' ing. Oftentimes, the initial call is free, but they will ask you to call a 900 number that may cost $4.99 per minute or • sometimes more. Other companies promise you a few minutes worth of free readings, but the telemarketer has been trained to use up this time just getting personal information from you. By the time the actual reading begins, your free minutes are used up. Many of the companies let you know when the charges start by a tone or bell sound. However, this sound is purposely difficult to hear GARLA STOVALL Kansas AUomey General The psychic's main job is to keep you on the line as long as possible. They are paid by commission for the total number of minutes they keep a caller on the line. In addition, once you have contacted one of these companies, they often will continue to solicit you by telephone or by mail for additional "free minutes" or "free readings" promising urgent information for you personally If you return their calls, the same scenario will be set up in which you will ultimately pay a high bill for this entertainment. Children, especially adolescents, like to call these numbers. Educate your children about these types of solicitations, and do not allow them to place the call. You may even consider placing a 900 call blocker on your phone system to ensure the children in your home do not have access to these or any other type of 900 numbers. Finally, review your phone bills carefully each month, looking for calls charged to you but never made, or calls charged to you at phone numbers you do not own. This is another trick these companies use. If you find a discrepancy, call your phone company and dispute the charge. If you continue to have problems with a psychic hotline service, please contact my Consumer Protection division at 1-800-432-2310 to file a complaint. For complete stock listings go to saljoMrnal.com Salina Journal ^'online Comeding communilies with infomalion Stefany L. Kaniper Registered Representative 785-825-8419 Offering: Mutual Funds, Variable Life Insurance, Annuities, lRA's&401(K)'s FARMERS Securities offered through Farmers Financial Solution, LLC Member NASD Registered Branch located at; 2044 Me Cttek Blvd./Manhattan, KS 66502 CHAMPION SEMINARS "Put Power Into Your Thinking" "Act or Be Acted Upon" Phil Coleman - 28 years experience Management & Employee Seminars Consulting, Sales Training, Speeches, Motivational Programs P.O. 60x6172 Salina,KS 67401-0172 (785)825-4161 Daniel R. Saulnier, CFP Senior Financial Advisor • Personal Financial Planning • Tax Planning Strategies • Mutual Funds • Investment Certificates • IRAs/Keoghs American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. Member NASD 1015 HmhuTst Blvd. • Salina, KS 67401 785-827-8766 T TELEPHONE SERVICE Local phone choices elusive Regional Bells still control 93 percent of the local market By KALPANA SRINIVASAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Thanks to competition, wireless phones are everywhere, long-distance rates are lower and Web connections are faster. When it comes to local phone service, however, most Americans do not get to shop around because they usually have only one choice, said lawmakers who Wednesday explored whether Congress should intervene. Five years ago, a law deregulated phone and cable businesses in order to increase competition for telecommunications services. Today regional Bells still control 93 percent of customers in the local market, members of the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee said at a hearing. "We've been waiting for local phone competition for five years, and we are still being kept on hold," said Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, the ranking Democrat. Many competitors fail Indeed, many of the companies that were trying to crack the market and offer competing services are going out of business, said the subcommittee's chairman, Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio. New telecommunication players blame the Bells, saying the dominant phone companies "We've been waiting for local phone competition for flue years, and we are still being kept on hold." Sen. Herb Kohl ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee have made it hard for others to enter markets. For example, the Bells can move slowly to connect competitors to their networks; without that connection, a subscriber to one company's service cannot complete a call to somebody on another service. "When they cooperate, they lose customers," said Larissa Herda, president and chief executive officer of Time Warner Telecom, a phone company that competes with the Bells in 39 metropolitan areas. "Remember, time and money are on their side." Regional Bell SBC Communications, the nation's second- largest local phone business, said other companies can compete and have managed to attract customers. Consumers eventually should see real change as phone and cable companies compete head-to-head, each offering a package of high-speed Internet access and voice service over their networks, said Reed Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Rnsiiicsw Owners is your business on Ume? Midwest Web Design would like to offer any business in the state of Kansas a FREE 8 -page trial Web Site for your business. Simply call or e-mail us with your general information and a customized web site will be built for you! -Stale of the art web sites at ftffbrdable prices' shane@sesaline.com CaU: (785) 822-5859 Or 1-800-211-1202 ext. 7844 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS •Health -Life •Disability •401K •Cafeteria •Retirement CALL THE EHPERTS IN EMPLOYEE BENEEITS You Have CHOICES In Health, life m Disability Insurance { JOHN WOOD & ASSOC. 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Participating, Busift are coliectingffo distributed to, sfk Emergency Salvation Army, fM"^ House, Salina Rescue Mission. Participating Businesses and Organizations Ace Hardware ADI Systems, Inc. ADM Milling Company Advance Auto Distribution Center Anesthesia Associates ol Central Kansas Arrow Printing Bank of America Bank of Teseott Bennett Auloplex Bennington State Bank Bergkamp, Inc. Blue Beacon International Brown Mackle College Buctier,Wlllls&Ratlfff Buyer's Guide Capitol Federal Savings Carroll's Hallmark Central Kansas Foundation Central Mall Clirlst ttie King Lutheran Cliurch City of Salina Clark, MIze & LInville Chartered ClubJne & Rettele Ctd. Comcare Community Corrections, Saline County Coldwell Banker Antrim Piper Wenger Realtors Conklin Cars Salina Consolidated Printing & Stationery Co Crestwood, Inc. Downtown Lions Drs. Cole & Cooper Eagle Country 99.9 Eldorado National Inc. Elliott Turbooharger Group Exide Batteries Corporation Exilne, Inc. First Bank Kansas/Advantage Trust First United Metfiodlst Women Geoprobe Systems Gooch Milling Great Plains Federal Credit Union Great Plains Manufacturing Green Lantern Hampton & Royce, L.C. Insurers & Investors Jack fiarr Associates, Inc. Jim's Ptiarmacy KCVS91.7fm KINA 910 am KPL KQNS STAR 95 KSAL1150am KSU - Salina KY94 KS Dept. of Human Resources KS Dept. of Transportation Kansas Gas Service Kansas Wesleyan University KASA Industrial Controls Kejr Engineering Key Rexall K-IUIart Long McArtiiur, Inc. MarketAfde Services, Inc. Marshall Motor Co. McShares, Inc. Millwood Realty Mowery Clinic MSS Transport NAACP, Salina, KS Branch National Association of Letter Carriers OCCK Oldies 98.5 fm Ortliopedic Clinic of Salina Payless Cashways Pestinger Heating & Air Petro:2/Wendy's Philips Lighting PKM Steel Sendees Power Vac Inc. Premier Pneumatics Prudential Brokers Realty Quayle United Methodist Church Ouliters Raytheon Aircraft, Machinist Union & Beech Employees Club Realty Associates St John's Military Saint Mary's CYO Salina Airport Authority/Avis/Hertz/ US Alrways/Unlled Express/FAA/ATCT Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Salina Clinic Salina Concrete Products Salina Journal Salina Regional Health Center Salina Steel Service Salina Supply Salina Area Technical School Salina Vortex Saline County Saline County USDA Service Center Sam's Club Schneider National School Specialty Sears Security Savings Bank Sign Pro SM Hanson Music Smoky Hill Family Practice Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center Socia'l Rehabilitation Services Southwestern Bell Telephone CWA Local 6411 Stanlon Wholesale Electric Statcare Suburban TV Sunflower Bank Sunrise Presbyterian Church Superior School & Office The Saint Francis Academy, Inc. Target THE BUZZ 104.9 Tony's Town & Country Home Improvements UMB/Natlonal Bank of America United Way of Salina USD 305 U.S. Postal Service Walmart WartaBuick Wilson & Company Woods & Durham YMCA YWCA ZOO 92 More pounds beef per acre. More cows bred. Increased weight per day of age. Better forage conversion. Improved health. Far Vita Fenrf with the AMAFERInr advantage, see: Thorp Farm Service New Cambria 785-827-1970 . ^O^Vihat we're here, what can we do for you? X y- \ Xerox Authorized Sales Agent "'•Ijilmnon As tlie new Xerox Authorized Sales Agent for lliis area, we're here to provide you mlh airordable, world-class Xerox products and services to help meet yoiu' business needs. We also olTcr llic support and personal attention you expert from a locally owrled business. The full range of Xerox products runs from the renowned family of Xerox Document Ceiilre digiliil ropier/printers and award-winning network printers to die market-leading Xerox IJKuColor digital a)pier/printers. 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XMOI equ^neM nUn ricvtW c«n[«n«rti 0.1 ui nconKioncd PROJECTED COLLECTED FOOD ITEM NEED TO DATE Baby Food 580 238 jars Boxed Meals 6,950 95 boxes Canned Fruit 11,950 68 cans Canned Meat 8,725 11 cans Canned Soup 1,340 • 53 cans Canned Cream Soup 700 — cans Canned Tomatoes, Sauces 1,320 — cans Spaghetti Sauce 2,410 — jars Canned Vegetables 11,005 1,125 cans Cereal{Hot/Coid) 3,422 90 boxes Crackers 2,245 36 boxes Dried Beans 2,275 375 lbs. Flour 525 275 lbs. Hamburger Helper 7,440 — boxes Instant/Scalloped Potatoes 4,875 - boxes Jam/Jelly 1,865 - jars Jello/Pudding 4,050 245 boxes Milk - Powder/Canned 3,655 31 lbs. Muffin Mix/Biscuit Mix 3,350 40 boxes Pancake Mix 2,795 90 lbs. Pancake Syrup 1,660 — bottles Pasta- Macaroni 2,100 279 lbs. Noodles 2,745 9 lbs. Spaghetti 2,150 29 lbs. Peanut Butter 3,590 11 jars Pork & Beans 2,040 — cans Rice 1,600 122 lbs. Shortening/Cooking Oil 1,485 37 lbs. Sugar 4,835 — lbs. Tuna 4.205 — cans TOTAL ITEMS NEEDED 107,887 3,259 items fliili.firGiriiil Public MesJj &yti Sponsored by Sfilina ,|f>uraa} 1-

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