February 10, 2011 I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in April of 2009. Looking back I believe that I had symptoms 15 years before I was diagnosed. I, like a lot of other people, just thought that it was part of the aging process. I didn’t believe that anything could be done for my problem. But actually I was not recognizing all of my symptoms. I just looked at my failure to remember things mostly. I was having other problems, also. That is what I want to write about.

Progress continues

February 9, 2011 Tonight it is my honor to be presenting to you the State of the City address. I take great pride in having served this wonderful community as your mayor for the last four years. Together, we have made much progress, but there is always work to be done in moving a community forward.

The undesired gift

February 9, 2011 We have a relative who seems to have made it her goal in life to make our lives miserable.  She has done this by purchasing toys that were created by some sadistic person who had a miserable childhood and has made a living creating toys whose sole purpose is to drive parents to the point of institutionalization.

I like winter

February 8, 2011 Most of my friends and family are complaining about the winter, so I guess I’m just a nut or something because I don’t mind the winter. I love the snow and ice on my trees and bushes — just not on the roads — and so far this winter, we’ve been lucky. Sure, school has let out a few days, but (knock on wood) I’ve made it into work each snowy morning with no real problems to speak of.

Now we know what ‘spoon with mushroom’ means

February 8, 2011 When Jean McCracken of Sidney sliced a persimmon seed in half longways in late fall to get the “persimmon seed” forecast, she found something she had never seen before.Folklore across much of the United States is that if the white embryonic matter inside the seed is shaped like a spoon, that means a lot of snow during the upcoming winter. Just think of the spoon as a snow shovel.If it’s shaped like a fork, that means to expect a mild winter.And a knife shape means bitter, icy winds that feel as if they are cutting through you like a knife.

‘Perch’ problem

February 7, 2011 To the Editor,There is a viral video of a chimp putting its finger in a hole only a health professional should. The chimp is so shocked at the aroma from the offending finger, he falls from his perch. It appears we have at least one city alderman on his perch given to proctology.

Freeloaders should pay

February 7, 2011 Dear Editor:Batesville City officials are in a quandary. They want more police protection but they say they don’t have the extra money available to pay for it. Consequently, they have to either do without or figure out how to get others to bear the expense. Another tax may not set well with city voters so what are the officials to do?

Thanks Waylon

February 7, 2011 I stared at my computer screen in disbelief. Waylon Jennings was dead at the age of 64.“It couldn’t be. Not Waylon. Not my Dad’s favorite singer. Not someone whose music I had heard all my life and who I had grown to appreciate,” I thought to myself.

Resident loves growth

February 4, 2011 Dear editor:It was a good feeling for Urba and me to see all the new road work activity north of town. The new skeet shooting area is really shaping up, also. We hope there will be lots of shooting competition attracting shooters from all over.When will we hear how much Batesville has grown in population? Shouldn’t we want to grow? One suggestion was to identify smaller areas near town that might like to be included and ask them what it would take to get them in. Being intentional in growing in small increments might get us over the 10,000 mark.

Watchdogs still needed

February 4, 2011  News council’s demise still leaves many venues for press criticsAfter 40 years on the job, the Minnesota News Council is closing down.Council President Tony Carideo has said public complaints are down and so is corporate support for the independent news-review operation. Carideo noted that e-mail and Twitter now provide  virtually instantaneous ways for people to raise their concerns directly with journalists — presumably in contrast to the relatively lengthy notification-and-hearing process involved in council proceedings.