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Sympathies to the family of soldier killed in Iraq

Carolyn Tate and Maizie Harris Jesse
For the Appeal

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Sgt. Sean Diamond (he was killed last week in Iraq), and his mother, Sally Wylie, of Gardnerville. And our continuing thanks to all our veterans, past and present, for their service to our country.

M has lost over 75 pounds in the last two years. When asked if it was “lap band,” she says, “No … lip zip.” Just no eating after 7 – 8 p.m., and only eating 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 of what you are served (portion control), leaving the rest for another day. You can eat whatever you want … just watch the portions … and, voila, the weight comes off slowly, but steadily. Then, you should probably buy new clothes, instead of using safety pins to hold up your pants. Tch, tch.

Carolyn “lives” after her bout with the creeping crud. If a person needs to take a week off, better it be in Hawaii than in bed.

Stacie Paterson found this one on the Internet: “A man asks a clerk, ‘Where can I find the Polish sausage?’ The clerk looks at him and asks, ‘Are you Polish?’ The man, clearly offended, says, ‘Yes, I am … but let me ask you something. If I had asked for an Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I’d asked for bratwurst, would you ask if I were German? If it was a kosher dog, Jewish? A taco, Mexican? Or if I asked for an Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?’ The clerk says, ‘Well, no, I probably wouldn’t.’ With deep self-righteous indignation, the guy says, ‘Then why did you ask me if I’m Polish because I asked for Polish sausage?’ The clerk looked at him and replied, ‘Because you’re in Home Depot.'”

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the Israeli -Palestinian conflict, saying that Israel had the right to invade Gaza after Hamas was shooting at the Israelis. While we still feel that way, we DO know there is another side to the story. The disputes and wars that have plagued the region to this day, go back thousands of years. And, as in all wars, it’s the innocent who pay much of the price. Many Palestinian families are caught in a vicious bind … wanting a country of their own, but afraid for their families if they stand up to the zealots in their own group. It’s easy to tell people to stand up and take a stand, but the people who usually ask that are not in danger, and are sitting in their own comfortable homes thousands of miles away. Again, the innocent people on both sides pay the price of the power brokers. Unfortunately, at some point, the silent majority must take a stand and say, “Enough.” The price of liberty is always paid by the people who suffer.

The Carson City Emblem Club #30 will hold their annual “Mystery Play/Dinner” on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Elks Club (882-2177), 515 N. Nevada. The price is $12.50 and will benefit the hearing impaired. An Irish pub will be featured along with an Irish stew. Happy early Saint Paddy’s Day!

The Oscar’s this year benefited by having the multi-talented Hugh Jackman as host. We also applaud the Academy’s winner in the short subject documentary category, “Smile, Pinki,” about a young Indian girl with a cleft palate. “Smile Train,” is one of our favorite charities, where the money goes to fix children with cleft palates, so that they can eat and speak. One surgery costs $250, but they are appreciative for any amount (1-800-932-9541 or Congratulations and thanks.

The Nevada Appeal’s Rhonda Costa is looking great these days; Guy Rocha had a great time at his retirement dinner, as did A. S. Van Denburgh, Karen Johansen, Connie and Tom Davis, Andy Harvey, Darlene Rico, Maggie Tracy, and many others. And St. Teresa’s “Crab Claws” event brought out the “Caped Crab Crusader,” John Tyler, as well as Marie Bresch, Father Chuck, and lots of other pre-Lenten noshers. Fun for all. Thanks to Ruth Biale again; and to Joanne Kennedy for doling out a $20 rebate coupon to M in Raleys … wheeee. May this week be as fun.

– Carolyn Tate and Maizie Harris Jesse are long-time Carson City residents. They can be reached by e-mail at