In August, my husband and I took a 15-day road trip to Seattle. Somehow, we ended up spending the night of Aug. 2, 2014, in Fallon.

On our trip, we saw many beautiful things, but truly, the best food we had on our travels was in Fallon. We ate in a small, Italian and Mexican food restaurant in downtown Fallon. I’ve never had such exquisite Italian food in my life. I’ve eaten Italian food from Virginia to California and this little restaurant is truly a jewel in the desert.

We will gladly go out of our way to stop and eat in Fallon again, and have recommended Fallon and this restaurant to our friends and neighbors in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Thank you to the chef and to Fallon.

Marie A. Diaz

Alamogordo, N.M.



If you do not yet have health insurance, this is the time to take advantage of the marketplace plans and save some money. Another open enrollment will be here from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015.

It is important to note that the 2015 fee for being uninsured will be higher than the 2014 fee at 2 percent of your income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child. Federal subsidies and financial help are only available through marketplace plans which can only be obtained during the open enrollment period. A marriage, divorce, birth, or other qualifying life event is the only way to be eligible for these deals outside of the open enrollment.

Breaking a leg or having an emergency appendectomy comes with a pretty big price tag. A broken leg can run you up to $7,500 and a 3-day stay in the hospital will set you back around $30,000.

They are called unforeseen circumstances because you can’t see them coming. The only way to be “prepared” for them is being covered. Insurance will seriously cushion that financial blow.

People that have insurance are more apt to receive primary care on a regular basis and get things treated before they fester and quickly escalate into major health problems. Besides being healthier, this also reduces emergency room visits that run an average of $2,000.

Obtaining health insurance can be intimidating and confusing. It helps to be able to talk to an expert and get help navigating the bewildering by-ways of healthcare.

Check out the schedule at Nevada Primary Care Association’s website (click on Access to Care) or call 775-887-0417.

James Godwin

Carson City



Don’t buy pleas for a margins tax.

I am brought to mind of the proposed margins tax, reading this publication on Sept. 14. Tesla again in the news now raises the concern of one social-minded legislator for the Washoe County School District in a state accused of already underfunding their efforts. Then comes the report of children here illegally who are somehow the responsibility of the Department of Education.

The proponents of their misguided front will doubtless use these as arguments for, but do not be deceived. This is an emotional plea to your tender mercies and will do nothing to enhance the education of your children.

Its task is to educate the citizen children of this country. It is not its to feed or provide day-care to children of parents who cannot afford them. It is not to care for or educate children of foreigners who managed themselves across Central America and Mexico unescorted to end up on our doorstep. Neither is it for it to indoctrinate, though it surely does.

To continue to over-fund this atrocity of a department is both financially and socially irresponsible. How, in a country drowning in debt, can we afford to shoulder the burdens of others? And how is one to learn to stand on their own if they are never made to do so? Bad for business. Bad for America. Don’t buy it.

Kelly Jones

Carson City