Members and Friends:


It is with great personal sadness that I write of the passing of Chaplin William John Houston Jr, CDR, USN “Padre Bill” on Monday March 11, 2019.


As each of you well know, Bill was a corner stone of the Central California Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. At virtually every luncheon, meeting, event or fund raiser, Bill set the social and moral air of the occasion, while always being the first to tell a relevant joke or a light-hearted story.

Bill was born September 3, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas, and enjoyed his youth in Seattle, Washington, Aptos, California and Washington DC. He graduated and earned a master’s degree in religious studies at George Washington University, and received his Doctorate in Theology from Boston University.


At an early age Bill served in the Merchant Marines, served 3 years with the US Army in Counter Intelligence at the Pentagon, and in the late ‘60’s joined the Navy as an active duty Chaplain, serving two tours in Viet Nam, first with the US Marine Corps 1st - 1st during TET Offensive, followed by a second tour aboard a Destroyer off the coast of Viet Nam.

Following tours abroad in Sicily, Italy, Okinawa Japan, and “State Side”, he retired in Cayucos, CA, on property that had been in his family since the 1950’s. For the past 30 years Bill participated in many Veterans events and organizations, including the “Blessing of the Fleet” and “Lost at Sea” annual services. In addition to his office as Chaplain of our Chapter of MOAA, he held Chapter, State and National offices within the Military Order of World Wars, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League’s Detachment 680 and contributed greatly to the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles, CA.

Memorial services will be held for CDR William J. Houston, USN on April 6th at 11:00 AM, at the Estrella Warbirds Museum located at 4251 Dry Creek Rd. Paso Robles, CA 93446.


Finally, there will be a “Celebration of ‘Padre Bill’s’ Life”, on Friday, April 12th, at 11:30 AM at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, and all are welcome to participate. We miss our “Padre Bill”!

Capt. Dave




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Be Careful What You Ask for or Vote For - You may get it.


We are starting to see more patients and others who are using marijuana and other forms of cannabis to self-treat various conditions. Also we are starting to see more information in the literature about medi­cal marijuana and other legalized forms of cannabis.

An article in PT in Motion magazine: “A Growing Interest in Medical Marijuana” explores the complicated legal landscape regarding MMJ and how a pa­tient’s use of MMJ may influence physical therapy care and suggests PTs should cultivate their knowl­edge of medical marijuana. The author writes “Despite a lingering social stigma attached to marijuana use, there is a growing interest in medical marijuana (MMJ) among patients, researchers, and health care providers, including some PTs and PTAs. Medical marijuana is a potential alternative to opiates, muscle relaxers, and anti--inflammatory drugs.

But is it always safe? Dr Walter E. Williams, a columnist for the Daily signal and professor of economics at George Mason University examines some the hidden issues about marijuana use. Dr Williams highlights a speech delivered last month at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. by Alex Beren­son who is a graduate of Yale University, with degrees in history and economics. Imprimis adapted the speech about the hidden dangers of marijuana use.

Alex Berenson told his audience, “Almost every­thing that you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything that advocates and the media have told you for a generaltion, is wrong.” The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahy­drocannabinol or THC. Marijuana is most commonly prescribed for pain, but it’s rarely tested against other pain relief drugs, such as ibuprofen.

Last July, a large four-year study of Australian patients with chronic pain showed that cannabis use was associated with greater pain over time. Marijuana carries not only a devastating physical health risk but also mental health danger. A 2017 National Academy of Medicine study found that “cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater the risk.....Regular cannabis use is likely to increase the risk for developing social anxiety disorder.

“Marijuana legalization advocates sometimes argue that its use reduces opiate use. That is untrue. Berenson said, “The United States and Canada, which are the countries that have the most opioid use, also have by far the worst problem with ... cannabis”


Bob & Margy Moynihan




By Maj Jim Murphy, USMC (ret)

Forward Day by Day

John 8:31-32: Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

On the wall by my computer is a sign that says, “Speak the truth but leave immediately thereafter.”

Speaking the truth surely buys Jesus serious trouble. As soon as he tells the crowds following him that the truth will make them free, they insist they don’t need freeing, shouting that they are the children of Abraham and of God---and that Jesus is probably a Samaritan possessed by the demon!

It is an uncomfortable truth Jesus offers: Whoever commits sin is a slave to sin. (John 34). We don’t want to admit the truth of our reality; like an addict, we claim “we can quit anytime we want.” But Jesus knows the whole and entire truth, and only he can set us free from sin.

Can we accept this truth---that we need freeing?