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The Taft Independent

June 14, 2018 • Volume 11 Issue 49

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

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By Andrteas Fault Taft West Hills Church of the Nazarene for this year’s Vacation Bible School, Shipwrecked. Free for all kids Kindergarten to 6th Grade. Dates are June 18-22, this Monday-Friday; registration starts at 5:30pm, the program begins at 6pm and ends at 8:30. If you’d like to register early, you can pre-register online by going to our website at and filling out the VBS form under the Forms section of the menu. Thursday- Incredibles 2 starts at the Fox Theatre. Avoid the crowd and go Monday-Thursday. Don’t forget the Foxcorn. Friday- American Legion Post 63 “Social” at 4pm. Saturday- Taft Tigersharks Swim Meet at the Taft High Pool at 9am. Karaoke at the Moose Lodge at 7pm. Tuesday- Discount Night at the Fox Theatre. Wednesday- Ladies Night at the Oasis at 414 North St. from 4pm -close. Save the date for these Future EventsJune 25-29th- Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church. July 4th: Taft Fireworks Show from 4-10pm. July 6th: 1st Friday Cruise Night along Center Street at 6pm. July 26: Coffee with a Cop at McDonalds, at 9am. September 29th: Taft Chamber Golf Tournament October 11th: The Fort “Bubba’s Okie Dinner.” October 27th: Taft Chamber GalaWeen. November 1st: Fall Fort BBQ. November 17th: Taft Chamber Fishing Derby. December 3rd: Taft Christmas Parade. December 6th: The Fort Gift Show. December 7th: Photos with Santa. October 2020: OILDORADO October 9-18, 2020. Baseball Season is in full swing- Watch the Game at The Bank Sports Lounge, Black Gold Brewing Company, Pizza Factory, Hacienda Grill, Oasis, Art’s Corner, and the taft Moose Lodge. Don’t forget Nascar Sundays.

TC Receives Major Chevron Gift, Funding for TIL, Childcare Center and STEM Outreach The Taft College Foundation is pleased to announce Taft College received $80,000 from Chevron for three on-campus programs. The Transition to Independent Living Program will receive support funds for second year TIL students to support their workforce training projects in association with local Taft employers. The Taft College Childcare Center will receive much needed funding to repair the outdoor shade structure which covers young children as they play. And finally, the STEM outreach program will receive support for the k-14 West Side Outreach Program and its Mobile STEM lab. Chevron representatives will be on campus June 25th for a check presentation during the first day of our High School STEM Camp. Please join us in the Chevron Innovation Lab on campus at 10:00 a.m. and help us celebrate their generosity!

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Miller Time Hi Everyone,

By William H. Taft Taft people can’t pay for everyone. I would imagine most of the students at Taft College are not from Taft. We welcome them with open arms and are very happy they chose TC. Taft College is truthfully a gem in Taft. There is a large group of Taftians that do attend TC. I’m sad Measure C didn’t pass but there are several reasons why. Everyone is tired of paying so many taxes. It wasn’t that many years ago when TC got a Bond that we are still paying on. TC has students from all over but they need to have all their functions in Taft. TC had a booth promoting Measure C during the Taft Car Show. Like lots of people I heard the great folks from TC talking about Measure C and signed saying I support it. As I walked away I was stopped by several different people that saw me at the TC Booth. Everyone of them said they didn’t support it. They all complained about property tax going up, they complained about the last bond we are still paying for at TC, and they complained because TC recently had a Alumni Graduation Dinner at Seven Oaks instead of Taft. The TC Alumni Dinner was held in a nice tent, set up outside, and I heard it was a great event but why couldn’t they of had a tent at TC, or even better by the new Transit Center instead of being in Bakersfield. Of course another complaint was several of the TC employees don’t live in Taft. People are afraid TC is going to go downhill like Taft High. If a Taft kid is better in a sport at TC he should start, promises should not be made to kids from out of town to get them here, the best athlete should play. The Taft kid should not be discriminated against for being a local. The stands are pretty empty at TC athletic games, if they recruited Taft kids, we’d support them. They do need to also recruit from Bakersfield, Arvin, Shafter, Wasco, and Delano, instead of making promises from kids from out of state. If employers made their employees live in Taft, maybe we could afford a hospital, a grocery store with good prices, a car dealership with good prices, Target, and much more. Taft College, Taft High, West Kern Water District, the Oil Field workers, etc all should live here. If they all lived here we would have their Property Tax, they would support our businessesthey would smog their car at Qik Smog, hair done at Bangs & Tangles, see movies at the Fox Theatre, shop at Albertsons, shop at Personnel Style, get their flowers at Jack’s Flower Shop, kids attend our schools, get their pool cleaned by Sparkle Bright Pools, have dessert at Yogolicious, get their gas at Fastrip, get their books at Ben’s Books, buy their appliances at Taft Sears, swim at the Natatorium, have drinks with friends at Black Gold Brewing Company, get their furniture at Westside Furniture, bowl at the Rec, eat dinner at OT Cookhouse, get Mother’s Day presents at Acme Jewelry, Father’s Day presents at Old’s Cool, join the Taft Moose Lodge, get your car repaired at Messenger’s Automotive, breakfast at Jo’s Restaurant, get your plumbing supplies at API, get your teeth cleaned at Dr. Bryan, auto parts from Waldrops Auto Parts, paint from True Value, watch the game at The Bank Sports Lounge, when family visits have them stay at the Best Western Plus Taft Inn, Hair Cuts at Taft Clippers, B & G at Artz’ Liquor, get glasses at Dr. Simonson, lunch at Roots Eatery, kids play sports at the Rec, pet supplies at Shaws, attend Church at West Hills Church of the Nazarene, pedicures at Taft Nails, Dinner at La Salsa, Dry Clean at Taft Dry Cleaners, party trays from Bread & Butter, insurance from Roger Miller Insurance, volunteer at the West Kern Oil Museum, and so much more. Live here, spend your money here, and don’t take your money to Bakersfield. Could you imagine how great these businesses and all the others could be if people moved to Taft. I can understand people wanting to leave California but moving from Taft to Bakersfield I’ll never understand.


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Do you have times in your life when you just wonder why, how, and what people are thinking when they do stupid to outrageous stuff ?? Over the past weekend at the Needs Center on Main Street, someone or persons, climbed over our bob wire gate on the alley side, jumped up on our chest freezer to climb up over into the opening in our canned food storage room. They then went into our old unused walk-in box and removed (stole) 4 brand new BMX type bikes and two adult bikes. These bikes are purchased through donated funds and our annual yard sales. In getting the bikes thru the over head opening they jumped up and down on our chest freezer ruining the door on it. The week prior we noticed that some food was missing in the storage area and we repaired the gate; obviously they came back for a bigger prize. We were thinking that maybe it was just a homeless person breaking in to get some food, now it we know that it is the work of some professional thieves because where would a homeless person put 6 bikes ?? For us that volunteer at the Center, and our average is somewhere near 70, it is so disheartening that someone would wake up in the morning and decide that day to go plunder a non-profit provider for the poor in our community because we apparently we’re an easy target. How much lower can you get in your pathetic life; like maybe the pond scum Kiwanis cleaned out of the Oil Museum fish pond ?? The Needs Center gets a certain amount of funding each year but it can only be used for food purchases; not infrastructure repairs or security. We are really a food bank for the Westside; we don’t have to be involved in clothing, household goods, or toys for kids, but we do accept all kinds of these items for our underserved community members. We have a few loyal donors that provide limited funds for other than food and we apply for annual grant funding to help with rent and utility bills. We really run a tight ship to keep the Center going, but our hearts are broken when we are treated to this kind of behavior. For the Center to be a target for thieves is just disgusting. Even if the thieves were caught, the bikes are probably worth less than $950, so they’d get a cite and release thanks to our legislature. So if you are in the mood to buy your child a new bike, don’t buy it from a jerk in the alley you don’t know. Have some thought where it came from. If that bum of a guy is offering it up for a great price, and you accept, that makes you just as despicable as the person selling you the bike. You are taking it away from a child who doesn’t have much. Our reward working here is the smile and thanks we get when that child gets on that bike for the first time. If you want to help the kids we serve, we take gently used bikes, as we are not a repair facility. Obviously, we need to up our security at the center. If you have some thoughts, ideas, equipment, or funds to help, it would be gratefully appreciated. While I’m ranting about certain people, what is it about California drivers anyway ?? We came back from that 2 week trip up to Washington and Oregon and never had a problem or an incident with any of their drivers, even them following three travel trailers and a motor home. Our first venture out since that trip, trailerless, we went to LA for a wedding. You just can’t drive fast enough for some people. In and out; cutting across all lanes; vehicles towing trailers in the fast lane; buses in the commuter lane. It is very un-nerving for a small car coming up on your rear bumper less than a car length away at 70 miles an hour. I-5 is never fun to drive, even on a Saturday morning, but add to the crazies a terrible road surface; it is just a disaster waiting to happen, which it does on a daily occurrence. As I have said in the past and it just keeps going on, it is hard to decipher what is real and what is not when it comes to getting our news. Words are manipulated to present a point of view and not the facts. It’s just words. In the olden times there was a saying “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you”. Well, that phrase went out the window. Words do hurt, they can hurt a lot. Just have someone yell in your face, cussing you out, calling you vile names, and accusing you of heinous acts. It is their right of free speech, but when you go home, do you just shake it off and go on with your life. I think not, it hurts. Robert De Niro, a famous actor, said to a worldwide live TV audience at an actor’s award show “F-bomb” President Trump. It could not be bleeped and went out over the air. He thought it was only directed to the President and a bunch of liberal entertainers; he cared not what the rest of us think, who don’t want to hear such vile language with their children present, no matter how upset you are. The President probably shook it off, but the use of words is playing a real role in our culture. Be nice out there. Randy Miller

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NATATORIUM POOL PARTIES Make your reservation TODAY! Reservations are now being accepted for private party rentals at the Natatorium swimming pool. Parties may take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday. Party availability: June 1 – August 19, 2018. Rental fees start at $225 for 2-hours. Call 763-4246 for more information. PARTY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE! Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Seating for 14 in a private room with table and chairs. $60 – Includes admission for up to 18 swimmers. Additional swimmers may pay $2 per person at the Natatorium the day of the rental. Use of Party Room is for any 2 hour period. OPEN SWIM Monday-Friday June 8 – August 15 1:30-5:00 p.m. Admission: $2.00 per person The William M. Thomas Aquatic Center at the Walter Glenn Natatorium is open for summer! All ages are welcome to stop by to enjoy the cool water and great facility that includes a shallow pool, large pool, diving board, slides and climbing wall. Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during Open Swim sessions. SWIM PASSES Individual: $35 – Monthly or $65 – Season Family: $60 – Monthly or $150 – Season Session Dates: June 8 – July 13 July 16 – August 15 Swim Passes may be purchased at the Natatorium anytime during Open Swim. Passes may be purchased for monthly or full season use and can be used for Open Swim, Night Swim and Saturday Swim only. Family passes cover up to 5 immediate family members (living in the same household). SWIM LESSONS Registration underway now! Session 1: June 18-28 Session 2: July 9 – July 19 Session 3: July 23 – August 2 $25 per session – Parent & Child $35 per session – Preschool, Levels 1-4 All ages are invited to learn to swim or improve their skills by participating in one of our swim lesson classes. Classes include Preschool, Parent & Child and Levels 1-4. Each session is 2-weeks long, with classes lasting 30 minutes, taking place Monday through Thursday. STOP Program Scholarships are available. Registration takes place in the District Office, 500 Cascade Place, Taft or over the phone at 763-4246. SUMMER FUN! Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 11 – July 26 Recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 6 + FREE! This fun program keeps kids busy with crafts, games, sports and other fun activities. Kids ages 6 and older are invited to drop-in for some FREE summer entertainment with us in the Recreation Center Gymnasium. **Kids must have completed a year of Kindergarten (NOT Transitional) to attend the program without parent or guardian.**

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Flying High on Center Street, New Downtown Boutique Brings Fashion and Enthusiasm to the Internet

By Michael Long Publisher It’s the future of retail sales and these two lady entrepreneurs just brought Taft into the internet era with a great way to sell products on Center Street and be successful at it. With more than 1,000 people watching and commenting on Facebook, Jolene Easley and Robyn Gullo has found way to make bigs sales, keep customers coming back and build a successul business on Center Street. Hey Girl, Go Fly is a unique new downtown business opened June 1st by the two Taft residents and sales are booming as can been seen on their Facebook page. Established at 519 Center Street, Jolene and Robyn opened their fashion and clothing boutique with up to date fashions, shoes, purses, jewelry and hand bags.

But the two young saleswomens don’t just stand around and wait for customers to arrive at their well stocked shop. They have captured an audience of shoppers from all across the country by using Facebook live as they sell their products to buyers from all over the country who are watching the pair display items to an iPhone camera and sell their wares to viewers who make comments that Jolene carefully follows and takes orders as people text that they wish to purchase an item. It like “Home Shopping Network” without the big studio, expensive television time and a large staff. The two do it all on their own. “We love being here because everyone knows Center Street, and it’s a great place to have a boutique,” said Easley as she pointed out all the tops, hand bags and other womens clothing that filled the boutique. Easley and Gullo, who are best friends and grew up in Taft, were working out of their homes before opening their shop in town. “We just got so busy and need more room,” Easley said. “Opening on Center Street made sense.” The boutique is located at 519 Center Street and can be reached at 661-805-1055. You can visit their sales page on Facebook, “Hey Girl, Go Fly Boutique”.

City forces clean-up of Alley Properties The City of Taft took action this week on three adjoining trash and debris filled lots behind the Fox Theater after complaints from neighboring property owners. The city rented and filled two dumpsters with accumulated trash, wood and assorted debris that had been collected and stored on three back lots along an alley behind the Fox Theater. The city cited one property owner for unsightly storage of materials in public view, but took action itself with city crews to immediately collect and dispose the trash and stored junk. A squatter living in a RV parked in the alley who had been evicted from one of the properties had apparently been collecting and storing the junk on the three lots. The city took immediate action to clean up the area with removal trucks and required the unidentified squatter to remove his vehicles and debris from the property.

Jolene Easley and Robyn Gullo go live on Facebook with a iPhone camera from their shop on Center Street with over 1,000 viewers from around the country on their Facebook sales page as they talk to their viewers about their products, takes questions live from their iPhone and place order that they immediately ship after payment is made. Its a new method of retail sales for small business people and the pair have done a great business thanks to Facebook live.

Discovery Days at the West Kern Oil Museum

Summer is here, and it’s time for Discovery Days at the West Kern Oil Museum. Marlene Mudge, coordinator of the Discovery Days programs, has organized an exciting series of activities for young people in grades 3 through 8. All programs are free of charge. Game Day at the Museum is scheduled for Tues., June 19, followed by The Story of Oil & Life in the Early Oilfields on Tues., June 26; California Indians discovery day on Wed., June 27; and Let’s Draw at the Museum on Thur. and Fri., July 5 & 6. Discovery Days is intended to introduce young visitors to the West Kern Oil Museum and to offer an educational and fun activity for them during the summer. To register for each program and for complete information, contact the West Side Recreation and Park District, 500 Cascade Place. Kids are asked to bring a sack lunch, and beverages and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

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The Kern County Library Wants You Back & Will Wipe Your Fees (Seriously) Mon. June 25, Sat. June 30 & Mon. July 30, Sat. August 4 For the first time ever, the Kern County Library is holding a one-time Amnesty Program during two weeks this Summer. Kids, teens, and adults will have the opportunity to receive a clean slate* by reading, donating, or returning materials at any of the Kern County Library¹s 24 branches or 2 bookmobiles. The concept of Amnesty in libraries is not new. It has resulted in many successful programs across the country, and has helped systems promote the return of much needed library materials and the increased use of library services. Often, fees that were intended to encourage a prompt return of materials do the exact opposite of what they are intended to do. Instead, customers hang on to materials, for fear of financial consequences. In effect, fines become a serious barrier to access for many, especially for those who can least afford it. At this time, there are over 36,000 library card holders that are blocked from checking out library materials. This Amnesty Program is a part of a larger effort to encourage the community to rethink public libraries. Andie Sullivan, Director of Kern County Libraries, states that ³We are evolving as a public library system and responding to the families that we serve. We want to change our traditional image and foster a friendlier culture of goodwill in Kern County Libraries. Forgiving fines helps us be aware of our customer needs, while also supporting literacy, local food banks, and animal services. It helps us be more welcoming and supportive of learning for all.² Although this is the first time that the Kern County Library is offering Amnesty, the program is expected to recoup some of the County¹s investment in materials. More importantly, the program is expected to reunite a significant number of families with their local Kern County Library.

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to watch or the travelers going to the coast. Well, the long HOT days of summer are here. Not ready for it. I have really enjoyed the extended spring weather we have had. I love October the most. The warm days and cool nights. The leaves starting to turn. I guess it's now time to clean off the patio furniture and "fluff up" the potted plants. My poor cats were really enjoying the warm days and cool breezes we have had and now they have been thrust into HEAT!

By Brenda Collins This recipe was given to me years ago by Zola Bignell, the wife of Sargent Don Bignell. We had get togethers occasionally, with other Highway Patrolmen and their wives and this was Zola's contribution. The drummettes were perfect for parties as they were small enough to snack on and good warm or cold. I cooked these many times for my 2 yr old grandson, who referred to them as "spicy chicken". A salad and small baked potato was a good meal for him. As he got older I had to use thighs because the drummettes didn't have enough meat on them and my grandson would devour 10 or 15 of them. It became an economical issue, ha! This recipe is so easy. Your can serve with a barbeque sauce on the side. My 31 yr old grandson, Mark, cooks these today in his kitchen. As a go to quick meal, you can bake the potatoes at the same time as the chicken, you can't beat this. The salad can be made while the chicke and potatoes are cooking. Turning the chicken over to brown on the bottom is a good thing to insure even baking. We are not "techies" and as such, we do not list appointments in our cell phones. We have a calendar on the kitchen wall and every date, appointment is noted on that calendar. The last thing we do on Sunday nights is to check that calendar and check for doctors appts. or any special dates for the week. We usually have at least one doctor appt. Last week it was 2 and an appointment with our cat's vet. That meant 3 trips to Bakersfield, including one to Costco, jewelry store to drop off a repair, alterations lady, hearing aid place for batteries, Trader Joe's for their amazing tomato soup, and lastly to my son and daughter-in-law to drop off their Costco "stuff". We were so tired by Friday night bedtime came very early. My very favorite thing about Taft, I always run into friends at the store and I get to "catch up". And, as I am driving home toward the airport, on the weekends, I get to watch the parachuters slowly falling from the sky. What a beautiful siight. From our patio I can hear them yelling at each other and laughing. Makes you smile. I would never do it, but admire the people that have the guts to actually jump out of a plane? I wish someone would buy the land next to the airport and build a small diner and motel.. What a convience for the parachuters that come here every weekend. Not to mention the people that would just come

Sorry I have been "away" so long. We spend at least 2 days a week in Bakersfield at doctors and it is exhausting. The 40 mile drive the 2 hour waiting for our appointment. It will get better, or not? Only the good Lord knows. Try the chicken, it's easy and good. If you don't like garlic then you can use a different seasoning. (Basil, parmesean cheese, hot sauce?) The recipe can be anything you want. enjoy! OVEN FRIED CHICKEN Chicken drummettes or thighs Bisquick Garlic salt & pepper Roll chicken in Bisquick, sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 min – 1 hr, depending on the size of the chicken. Thighs take longer than drummettes. (I recommend turning chicken over after the first 30 min. in the oven)

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Liberty Under Fire Iowa, Latest to Reject Convention of States By Harold Pease, Ph. D Iowa is the 15th state to reject the proposed Article V Convention of States thus far this year. Going off the established process of constitutional change is too radical for most. They remain comfortable with both houses of Congress proposing one amendment at a time followed by its ratification by three fourths of the states. But Article V does allow a second method should Congress refuse to make needed change. “On the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments.” This is thought to be necessary primarily because Congress will not authorize an amendment to force itself to balance its budget and failure to do so allows destructive unrestricted spending by both political parties. Congress has not proposed a constitutional change since the 27th Amendment in May 1992. But instead of states using Article V to force an amendment to balance the budget activists from both the right and the left say, in effect, we have a number of other issues that also need amendment power. But this creates the problem of multiple amendments to consider simultaneously without sufficient venting of each. Constitutionalists say lets continue to propose just one change at a time so that it gets a full review and we do not open the floodgates of unintended consequences for what we do not want. The 14th Amendment is criticized today because it allowed multiple issues in one amend-

The Taft Independent ment, which opened the door to the most vague interpretations and thus law never intended by its founders. Constitutionalists welcome a balanced budget amendment by itself but that is not now what Conventionalists are proposing. Once the Convention of States is formed, and amendments to the constitution are proposed, these changes are ratified by state power alone—the federal government may propose but it is excluded from the process of enlarging or reducing its power. Ratification requires three-fourths of either state legislatures or state conventions (a process that opens participation to the public) “as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.” Congress selects the mode presumably common for all states. But a convention of states method was only tried at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. To make it open ended is risky. Whatever happens creates legal precedent for the future and thus the danger. Many see the convention process as returning to what the Founders did when they were commissioned to repair the then existing Constitution. Once together they chose to instead dump The Articles of Confederation creating a different constitution, what they had not been commissioned to do. Congress, after receiving their report, simply forwarded it to the states and in that act legitimized it. Common knowledge that the existing constitution was not repairable, the Federalist Papers explaining the new constitution’s natural law and human nature base, and belief that God was assisting, made success possible. Today I cannot name 55 (the number signing the Constitution) persons in all of government, federal or state that I would trust to design a better Constitution than now exists. Convention enthusiasts, mostly Republicans, believe that they can hold at bay the proposals of opposing parties or that Congress can somehow

control the proposals and their specificity, but Congress has nothing to say once gathered, any more than it did in 1787. Even had Congress such power, enthusiasts have too much faith in Congress doing the right thing. The call for a Convention of States is based upon their long history of NOT following the Constitution as written. Were Congress to return to the enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8 there would exist no need for another convention. Enthusiasts also have too much faith in states having management power over convention delegates before and during the proposal convention or delegate removal power should a delegate go rogue. But what if they all go rogue as in 1787? The states also have a long history of NOT following the Constitution as written. The Constitution itemizes the powers of Congress as noted above. All unlisted powers remain with the states as per Amendment 10 of the Bill of Rights which reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Were the states to uphold this one amendment they could force the federal government to uphold the Constitution ending the need for another convention. Somehow convention enthusiasts believe that if they get delegates and office holders pledged by oath to uphold new amendments the changes will follow but all federal, state, county and city officials are already so pledged and such is ignored. Article IV, Section II reads: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.” If these already violate their oaths on a regular basis what evidence exits that they will not violate the new oath? The call for a new Convention of States is based upon the fact that they dishonored their oath to uphold the Constitution. No wonder Iowa and 14 sister states rejected this dangerous and unpredictable method of constitutional change. Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. Newspapers have permission to publish this column. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit

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