Lake Wildwood: ‘The Broads’ tackle the big issues |

Lake Wildwood: ‘The Broads’ tackle the big issues

The Broads is a broad-minded political discussion group for women in LWW. The group meets monthly to discuss a wide range of topics including Peak Oil, Immigration, and thorough reviews of current books including Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Collapse. The goal is for each presenter to provide enough information on her topic of choice so that each member leaves with a deeper understanding of the key issues than is found in the mainstream media. Occasionally, the group will bring in an outside speaker and invite guests.

“You’re a good man, Charlie Brown” was the overwhelming consensus of those present to meet and listen to the candidate running as a Democrat for the 4th Congressional District in California. The Broads invited Brown to address a meeting of members and guests hosted by Kathy Tuttle at her waterfront home on March 16.

Charles Brown, Lt. Colonel USAF Ret., grew up in Iowa and received a Congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy. Upon graduation in 1972, he began a distinguished Air Force career during which he was involved in every U.S. military conflict from Vietnam to Desert Storm. Since retiring from the Air Force, Charlie has taught high school and spent the past seven years with the Roseville Police Department. Charlie and his wife, Jan, who is also a veteran, have been married for 32 years and have two children, one of whom is an Air Force pilot serving his third rotation in Iraq.

Brown says that he spent most of his life as a Republican, and that he “did not leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left him.” He discussed issues important to all Americans such as eliminating corruption and influence peddling in Washington. He stressed the importance of enacting a Universal Health Plan to reduce costs and improve care for every single American.

He talked about keeping our promises to our veterans by providing adequate VA funding, better outreach and effective transition programs for vets and their families. And he talked of protecting Social Security and Medicare and protecting our air and water resources by promoting sustainable development and encouraging corporate responsibility for the health and safety of U.S. citizens.

Charlie would like to strengthen our public schools and after-school programs. He believes we should have a responsible tax policy that serves all Americans, not just the wealthiest 1 percent. When he began his military career, Charles Brown pledged to lead with honor and integrity and to fight for the freedom and security of every American. He feels the call of his country once again, and he says, “True patriots keep their promises.”

Anyone interested in information about The Broads can call Kathy Tuttle at 432-4133 or Carol Manfrin at 432-8995.


On an entirely different subject, mark you calendars for the 16th annual “Arts and Flowers” benefit for Hospice of the Foothills. This event is sponsored by Friends of Hospice and will be held at Miner’s Foundry from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, and from noon to 6 p.m., April 1. Forty artists will display their work including Eileen Langan, Linda Rainey, Vera Moore, Chuck Woodland, Jennifer Cull and Sylvia Rodgers from the Lake Wildwood/Penn Valley area. Artists donate 30 percent of their sales to Hospice in addition to a piece of their art work to be raffled. The $5 admission includes complimentary wine, appetizers and music each day. LWW and Penn Valley musicians donating their time at the benefit include Patty Pauly, Noreen Barnett and Wayne Powers (Power Net Productions), Don Batson and Emerald Mist.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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