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Garden Calendar: Protect yourself from ticks

My girlfriend got Lyme Disease this year, which is transmitted by ticks. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection. Even though there are not many cases of Lyme Disease in Kansas. don't think it can't happen to you. Lyme disease is very serious. Many doctors in Kansas don't even know what it is. Worse, even if they do know, they are skeptical that you might have it, and therefore refuse to test you for it. Idiots. If not treated promptly with antibiotics, the infection is very difficult to get rid of, and symptoms may persist for years. Learn about Lyme Disease, folks. Read the Wikipedia article about it, and check out the videos on YouTube. It is not worth taking a chance with ticks.

September 6, 2013 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

For tenants and landlords, knowledge is power

There is a really great organization around here that helps both tenants and landlords understand their rights, what the law says, what recourse they have to problems, and so on. That organization is Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI). Their advice is free, and often better than an attorney's. (It has been a long time since I have used them, so I hope what I am saying is still true.) It was a small failing that this article did not mention HCCI.

August 25, 2013 at 6:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New city survey shows about 20 percent have concerns with taste of city's drinking water

The City tap water tastes TERRIBLE! You people who think it tastes just fine have lost your sense of taste. Try this experiment: drink pure water (such as distilled) for two weeks or maybe a month, then drink some City tap water. You will see what I am talking about.

Normally, the City treats the water for bacteria, with a very large amount of chlorine. Then they add some other chemical to reduce the chlorine. That's it! How do I know this? I toured the water treatment plant and saw what they do.

The water still has all the pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, manure run-off, and everything else in it from miles of the Kansas River and its tributaries.

Delicately flavored teas are ruined by the Lawrence tap water.

I could go on and on about the horrible taste and quality of the City water. True, no one is obviously getting sick in the short run, but what about long term?

February 5, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UPDATE: City tells Occupy Lawrence campers they must leave South Park by Thursday night; campers consider defying order

Lawrence is already occupied. Don't those protesters know that? They should pack up and go home -- if they have one.

October 19, 2011 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith Forum: How would your faith help you answer the age-old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Holzwarth is absolutely correct. All birds evolved from dinosaurs, and dinosaurs laid eggs, therefore the egg came long before the chicken (or any other bird). Anyone who thinks otherwise is just plain stupid.

Hmmm. Now I am wondering, which came first, the dinosaur or the egg? (^_^)

July 16, 2011 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Writer and former Douglas County sheriff candidate George Kimball dies

I was here in Lawrence during the sixties and knew George. He was more (or less, actually) than interesting. He was simply an obnoxious person who liked to stir things up and annoy people. He was very good at that. And that's all there was to him.

July 8, 2011 at 7:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chili con carnage: Painfully hot 'ghost chili' popping up on Lawrence store shelves

The heat of chili peppers is not a flavor or type of taste. It is often called "pungency", but it is nothing more than pain, pain pure and simple. Humans are the only animal that like hot peppers. No one knows why, really, but there seems to be something really weird about humans that they would take so much apparently perverse pleasure in pain.

For a more thorough discussion of this topic, please read the very interesting article in the New York Times, "A Perk of Our Evolution - Pleasure in Pain of Chilies", by James Gorman, published Sept. 20, 2010. Here's the URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/sci...

January 18, 2011 at 7:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group of professional immigrants opens free clinic

Are they professional immigrants, or immigrant professionals? Who writes these headlines?

January 1, 2011 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Overbrook's Santa Fe Trail Meats puts other business on hold during rifle season for deer

Venison is really good eatin'. And I've got a great recipe for it, too. It's not like what you usually find, it's really awesome. But of course I'm not going to share it.

December 12, 2010 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Topeka zoo says hippo may have to be sent FedEx

"Oh, I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!
Only a hippopotamus will do."

December 12, 2010 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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