Sacred Heart Parish Annual Crab Feed

Tickets now on sale for the annual Sacred Heart crab feed and raffle.

Best crab feed in town! Great raffle prizes!

Where: Sacred Heart Parish 3141 St. Stephens Drive Anderson, CA 96007

When: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time: No Host Cocktails 5:30pm & Dinner 6:30pm

Menu: All you can eat crab, plus clam chowder soup, salad, bread & dessert. Prime rib and surf & turf also available.

This is a sell-out event. Call Angie at (530) 365-8573 to order your tickets today.

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Dare I Say, What Are You Willing to Give Up?

In 2009, the nation was $11 trillion in debt.  Today, it’s an astounding $18 trillion.  California’s debt, as best can be determined, was $67 billion and has soared to $92 billion.

Sadly, we seem too willing to pile more and more debt upon future generations to satisfy our own needs today.   

Unfortunately, elected officials seem incapable of stopping the insanity.  The corrosive effect of special interest groups is too powerful to overcome.

Senior citizens, teachers, business, unions, lawyers, bankers, farmers, military, ranchers, pharmaceuticals, and environmentalists, to name a few, all have fingers in the government cookie jar.   

Messing with these rice bowls can lead to political suicide and, no kidding, outright hostility.

Crazy.  On one hand, we blame politicians for not doing anything to solve our debt problem and, on the other, criticize when they try.

Perhaps it’s time we looked to ourselves for the answer.  An old saying suggests, “When you point a finger of blame at someone, you have three fingers pointing right back at yourself.”

So, let’s each identify one thing we’re willing to give up.  

For starters, as a veteran, I’ll give up veterans’ homes.  They’re costly to operate, serve relatively few veterans, are not an earned entitlement and the same services available through MediCal.

Dare I Say, what are you willing to give up?

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Dare I Say, Heidi Wins the Battle, Loses the War

The recent 1st Congressional District candidates’ forum in Redding, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, was well attended and useful in getting to know democratic challenger, Heidi Hall, and republican incumbent, Doug LaMalfa.

No question, at least from my perspective, Heidi Hall came away as the strongest candidate in the room.

Knowledgeable, quick on her feet, eloquent, passionate, and aggressive when appropriate. Great attributes for someone seeking public office.

LaMalfa, on the other hand, her polar opposite. Lethargic, scarce on details, and seemingly overly confident he’s a shoe-in for another two-year term in the US House of Representatives.

And, LaMalfa has good reason to feel his reelection’s in the bag.

The California Secretary of State reports, as of September 5, 2014, 382,494 folks are registered in Congressional District 1 to vote. That’s a total of eleven north state counties. Of that, 41.14% are registered as republicans and 29.56% democrat. With numbers like that, the election’s over even before it begins.

Best hope for Heidi is to try and peel off some disgruntled moderate conservatives and independents. It’s a long shot, but relying solely on the democratic vote simply won’t get you there.

Unfortunately, notwithstanding all her attributes and strong debate skills, Heidi seems disinterested in truly appealing to those outside her party. After listening to her on two separate occasions, she appears to offer little, if anything, to moderate republicans looking for an alternative to what the republican establishment‘s offering.

While she speaks of bridging the gap between republicans and democrats, her position on key issues tilts hard left, leaving no apparent room for compromise or accommodation.

For example, Heidi proclaims it’s proven science global warming is caused by humans, seemingly dismissive of any other possible causes. She supports the Dream Act and path to citizenship for illegal aliens. No wiggle room there. And, protecting the life of the unborn doesn’t appear to be on her radar screen. How she plans to find the middle ground on these important issues is anyone’s guess.

Unless Heidi can sell a more moderate message and give disenfranchised republican voters a reason to jump ship, LaMalfa gets another two years. Just saying you’re a moderate democrat doesn’t make it so.

But, she better hurry. Time’s running out.

Dare I say, Heidi wins the battle, but, ultimately, loses the war. Too bad.

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A Letter from Saint Paul to You

Romans 12:1-2

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,

To offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, Holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.

Do not conform yourselves to this age,

But be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

That you may discern what is the will of God,

What is good and pleasing and perfect.

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Dare I Say, Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

For sure, things have not gone well lately for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). The ever-growing scandal related to the poor quality of medical care provided is startling to say the least.

While all of Rome appears to be burning, there are areas of service within the VA that are excelling and deserve to be recognized for the outstanding medical services they are providing to America’s veterans.

One such area is the VA Medical Clinic located in Redding, California. I suspect there are others.

Since retiring from the Air Force some eight year ago, I have had many opportunities to frequent the clinic and rely on their services for my healthcare needs. In every instance, they have excelled.

Today, I offer my thanks and appreciation to all who work so hard each day at the Redding VA Clinic to serve my medical needs.

In particular, thank you Dr. Templado and the Trinity Team, the custodial staff, optometry, admin personnel, lab technicians, Urgent Care, security, pharmacy technicians and scheduling personnel for all you do each day to meet the needs of America’s veterans. Keep up the good work.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines ‘silver lining’ as “A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.”

Dare I Say, the Redding VA Medical Clinic is that ‘silver lining’ in an otherwise dark, ominous cloud over the USDVA.

 

Pete Stiglich Colonel, USAF, Retired

Cottonwood, CA

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About Me

Pete Stiglich is a community and Veteran activist from Cottonwood, California. After 26 years of dedicated service, he retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2006.

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