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Cats may purr to your heart's content

You may also find it useful to check out books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Several are available at the Lawrence Public Library. She is a cat behaviorist and she will take you step by step through solutions to this problem. I believe she states that she has never failed to correct problem urination.

March 26, 2012 at 1:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cats may purr to your heart's content

One final suggestion that I forgot, is to choose litter boxes that are as large as possible.

March 26, 2012 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cats may purr to your heart's content

All of gatekeeper's suggestions are on the money. In particular, it seems like your laundry room is a prime location for a litter box.

Then put the two others at other prime peeing locations. Once you get the cat consistently using litter boxes, you may be able to gradually move them to locations that are more convenient for you. You may want to put a couple of extras around until the problem urination is fixed.

Also, don't leave piles of clothes around. I had a cat who liked to pee on clothes (usually dirty). I just picked that stuff up off the floor and eliminated her access. I had to watch my guests too - and make sure to put away backpacks or coats, which aren't usually laundered often.

There's a product called Just for Cats, which I recommend you use anywhere the cat has peed. It will totally eliminate that odor.

The pheromone sprays are marketed by Feliway and come in spray or diffuser. Your success will depend on the cat. They are marketed to eliminate problem scratching, but don't be discouraged by that because they work on all sorts of stress-related behavior (including aggression and urination).

March 26, 2012 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday compost sale canceled after city sells out on Friday

I didn't say that they don't go at all. In fact, Lawrence Landscape gets called out every year - I don't know if that's because they have highly recognizable trucks or because they are truly the worst offenders. But I would think the guy working there would have noticed ten Lawrence Landscape trucks, given the fact that each one is emblazoned with their logo.

What I do know is this: At noon, there were probably 75 unique vehicles waiting for compost - not one with a landscape logo. And the line was as long when I arrived as when I left, meaning a constant flow of traffic. The first poster said there were around 100 early in the morning. That's a lot of people. The line was so long that people gave up and went home at the sight of it.

Even if landscaping companies got one hundred truckloads for their customers (your post suggests that people were hiring them to go get the compost, as opposed to them storing it somewhere and hoarding it), that's still a fraction of what regular citizens were able to pick up.

March 24, 2012 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday compost sale canceled after city sells out on Friday

I was there around noon and there was a very long line. I didn't see any landscape companies and I overheard one of the workers say that they weren't seeing a lot of repeat visitors. There were a couple of farmers in line and what I'd definitely consider to be dump trucks (even though the city says no dump-truck quantities).

But I really think they ran out because a lot of people turned up to get compost. The vast majority of people who go each year are normal people with normal sized trucks or trailers, plus a few self-loaders. And that was certainly true this Spring.

March 24, 2012 at 3:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study says lower state income taxes will lead to higher property, sales taxes

I went to the website to actually read this study and it leaves much to be desired.

So the study concludes that five out of nine states with no income tax have a "higher than average" property taxes. Wow, a resounding majority...? So we're only one state's lowered property tax away from this study completely reversing its finding and concluding that no income tax equals lower property taxes! I heard that 5 out of 10 states also have higher than average property taxes, whether or not they have an income tax.

They didn't suppose that a percentile might be more convincing than an average? Really?

What else can we conclude from this study... Only two no-income tax states are in the top 10 property tax leviers. So 8 out of 10 of the top property taxes belong to states with an income tax. And only 3 out of 10 have sales tax that are in the top ten! So 7 out of 10 of the top tenners are income tax states!

So states with income tax are more likely than not to be the top leviers of taxes.

Come on. Isn't this study a classic example of manipulating stats to say what you want them to say?

They don't seem to have delved into the question of whether or not the nine states in questions actually have worse roads or public services. It concludes that states MAY need to cut funding to health care and schools without actually bothering to include data. What kind of study is this, anyway?

March 23, 2012 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: Monarch populations continue long-term decline; law school leading the way in energy savings; article shows that Naismith's rules almost ended up in enemy territory

The primary effect that mankind is having on the longevity of these creatures is that we spray Round Up everywhere, which kills milkweed - the only food source for their caterpillars.

So do a little butterfly a favor and plant some milkweed in a lonely corner of your garden.

March 21, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Is the city compost safe for use on vegetable gardens?

This Sound Off should have contacted Jennifer Smith, the Douglas County Extension Agent. As far as I know, the county extension has done independent testing on Lawrence's compost and uses it in their office gardens.

Personally, I use the city compost in all of my garden beds and have not experienced any foul odors or loss of produce. My garden does great every year. But I can't speak to five years ago - I only started using the city compost three years ago and have used it every year since then.

March 19, 2012 at 1:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

7-year sentence given for bath salts

The article indicates that they weren't on the list of controlled substances. So it actually sounds like it wasn't illegal to have them.

I'm a little confused about how this guy is going to prison for seven years of possessing something that wasn't yet considered a drug.

March 16, 2012 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Myth of "Fetal Pain"

You're wrong about the definition of ownership. Think of all the things in your life that you own that you did not purchase.

If you pick up a stray kitten from the street and bring it into you home and take care of it for awhile, there is a high probability that you own it, even if someone has a previous claim.

If a squirrel buries an acorn on your property and a tree grows - you own that tree. If someone comes and cuts it down, you will likely be awarded damages, even though you didn't purchase it.

If I grow a tomato in my garden, I own that tomato. I didn't buy it, but it's mine. If you come along and eat it without my permission, you may be required to compensate me.

If someone gives you a gift of a green ceramic chicken - it's yours. It doesn't belong to the gift-giver any more, even though they purchased it and you did not.

It's easy to see how a person can argue ownership of their own body, given that they have nearly complete freedom to do what they want with it and other people may be required to compensate them if they damage it.

March 12, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )