Surprise for Dad

October 20, 2009 We shocked — not just surprised — my dad Saturday night.Many of you know that for months now, my stepmom Debbie and I have been planning a surprise birthday party in honor of my dad’s upcoming 60th birthday. It took forever just to pinpoint a date because of all the things going on this time of year, well, hunting mainly, but there’s other stuff too. His birthday is Nov. 14, but that’s opening day of gun season and if we’d held it that weekend, there’d only been about three people show up. Hunting is that important to our circle of family and friends.

Oslo’s calling

October 20, 2009 Barack Obama was president a mere 12 days before the Nobel Peace Prize nominations closed and he still won. I know, I know. “He showed early promise.” Talk about handing in an “A” paper at the beginning of the semester. Less than two weeks in office and he earns himself a Peace Prize. This guy is good. Of course, you got to remember, the potential recipient list for a Peace Prize is not what you call your deep field. Never has been. Hence: Kissinger, de Klerk and Arafat.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 19, 2009 Response to writerDear Editor: I want to make a few comments about Mr. Vernon C. Gann’s letter published on 10-16-09.  First, let me say that I am not a fan of the Obama Administration.  While I am happy that the U.S. has moved to the point that an African-American was elected president, my preference was Alan Keyes some 10 to 15 years ago.

Get ‘away’ to Memphis

October 19, 2009 It looked like it could rain at any minute as we drove south on U.S. Highway 63 to Memphis Saturday afternoon, but that didn‘t matter. Nothing could dampen a day that involved a trip to Elvis town. Memphis is one of my favorite cities in the world to visit and I couldn’t be more fortunate that it’s only a few short hours away.

Delusions of success

October 16, 2009 How did you get where you are today?Was it skill, luck, hard work?If you’re somewhat successful, it was probably all three.But what’s it going to take to get you to the next level?Will it be more of the same? Or could some of your perceived “strengths” be holding you back?If you ask most successful people why they’ve succeeded, they’re likely to cite some of their positive character traits.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 15, 2009 Kindness notedI just wanted to commend the citizens of Batesville who travel on Harrison Street during rush hour for their kindness during these last couple years of road construction. I have been both in the line of traffic (which is probably a mile long) and merging from side streets and businesses, and have watched over and over as people consistently allow others to merge into the long line in front of them.

Leif Erikson Day observed

October 15, 2009 Two friends — a former co-worker and a current co-worker — wished me a Happy Leif Erikson Day by e-mail on Friday.Who knew such a “holiday” existed?Jon Trobaugh and Andrea Bruner did. Knowing of my interest in everything involving visitors to ancient America, they passed along the information by wishing me a happy “holiday.”Leif Erikson Day honors the first Scandinavian known to have set foot on American soil and the contribution of the Nordic peoples to the United States, according to the www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/leif-erikson-day Web site.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 14, 2009 Upset with leadersDear editor:I read the comments of Debbie Miller regarding Charter status for Batesville Schools in your October 13, 2009, issue with great interest and consternation. I was shocked that this process had gone so far without seeking public input. I don’t know whether Charter status would be good for our schools, or if it will be bad.

40 days and 40 nights

October 14, 2009 Forty days and 40 nights. I really don’t know how many days rain has fallen here, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see an ark floating by any day now.According to the weather service, our area has received about 24 inches of rain above our annual average to date. Most of that has fallen in our yard and our upstream neighbor’s yard. I’ve asked her to come get her prodigal water, but she just responds, “pass it on.” And, we do, to our neighbors downstream.I’m not sure where the buck stops in this scenario.