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Independent The Taft

December 6 - 12, 2013



December 6 - 12, 2013 • Volume 8 Issue 20

“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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December 6 - 12, 2013

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Inside Community Events.........3 Taft Calendar...................3 Westside News.................5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7 Liberty Under Fire.........8 Classified Ads.................10 News.................................11 Shop Taft........................12

The Taft Independent 508 Center Street P.O. Box 268 Taft, California 93268 (661) 765-6550

Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers.



Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

Museum Plans Holiday Tea, Wooden Oil Derrick To Feature Holiday Lights Volunteers of the West Kern Oil Museum are inviting the public to their annual open house and Christmas Tea scheduled for Saturday from 1:30-4 p.m. The tea will be held in the Buena Vista Room with volunteers providing a variety of homemade refreshments. “This is our way to kick off the holiday season,” said Don Maxwell, director of volunteers. “It’s a nice way for us to showcase our exhibits with colorfully decorated Christmas trees throughout the buildings done by our hard-working volunteers.” In addition to the decorated trees throughout the museum, the Buena Vista Room will feature a miniature Christmas village scene that includes a lighted Ferris wheel. All of the museum exhibits and features will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including the main exhibit building with its saber-toothed cat and McKittrick tar pit fossils, the Yokuts Indian room, and a display featuring the world famous Lakeview Gusher. The shotgun house, tent house, firehouse and transportation building with its variety of antique cars and trucks will be open as will the museum grounds. There is no admission charge. The museum is the community’s most popular tourist attraction. It is operated entirely by volunteers. There is no paid staff. Lighted derrick Maxwell said this holiday season the museum’s iconic 106-foot tall wooden oil derrick will be lit with colorful lighting donated by Cooper’s True Value Hardware.

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Taft Calendar By John Swearengin Monday Night the Taft Chamber is having pictures with Santa at 6pm at Westside Furniture. There was a huge crowd last year. Please respect the others in line and the furniture. This is a great way to check out the nice furniture and everything else at Westside Furniture. The Salvation Army is in need of Bell Ringers. If you’re interested call The Resource Center at 765-7281 to sign up for a 2 hour stint. The Westside Resource Center, Taft Needs Center, Laborers of the Harvest, and several Churches are collecting food for the Holidays. Monday Night Football at the Taft Petroleum Club at 5pm. They are accepting new members for only $60.00 a year. Tonight- Christmas Cruise Night at 6pm. Cruising, Shopping, Food, Good people, Lions BBQ, and more. Saturday- Breakfast with Santa at the Rec. Tuesday- Taft College Bookstore Open House at 3-7pm. Thursday- Downtown business Association Holiday Mixer at 6pm. Optimal Hospice “Light Up A Life Celebration” at the Taft Historic Fort at 6pm. Save the Date for these Future EventsDecember 13th and 14th is the Annual Drive Thru Nativity at the West Hills Church of the Nazarene at 300 Lassen Street from 7-9pm. Volunteers arrive by 6pm. Free Admission. December 14th: Soroptimist Luncheon and Home Tour December 14th and 15th: “I’ll be Home for Christmas” the Musical, at The First Baptist Church at 220 North Street at 6pm both nights. Free Admission. Bring the entire family. December 17th: Lincoln Jr. High Band and Choir Concert at the Lincoln Auditorium at 6:30pm. December 24th: West Hills Church of the Nazarene Christmas Eve Service at 7pm. January 3rd: Cruise Night January 8th: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. January 18th: Annual Taft Sportsmen’s Club Banquet OT Cookhouse. February 6th: Taft Chamber Installation Dinner February 22nd: West Kern Oil Museum Annual Dinner Contact me on Facebook if you have an upcoming Taft Event. It must be a Westside Event. Please try to send it to me at least 10 days in advance, include the date, time, place, and cost. Taft Events are to get people out and about and to support Taft.

Soroptimist International of Taft Presents Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, Luncheon & Fashion Show Saturday, December 14th Home Tour: 9:00 – 11:15 a.m. Luncheon & Fashion Show 12 p.m. At the Westside Believers Church Highway 119 and Main Street

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It is a great way to get in the holiday mood, see some beautiful homes have a chance to win beautiful raffle prizes, eat a great lunch, and help raise funds to meet local needs!



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Restaurant and Entertainment Guide

Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café Asian Experience and Steakhouse Asian Food and Pizza

Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Wed., Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Fri. & Sat. 6 am - 9 pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Wine Tasting and Lunch Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2 pm 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm 215 Center Street, Taft 763- 1815

Black Gold Cafe & Deli Pastas - Sandwiches Espresso - Beer - Wine Craft Beers Open Monday to Friday 6:30am to 8pm Saturday 7:30am to 8pm Sunday 10am to 2pm 508 Center Street 765-6556

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December 6 - 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor Thanks for Thanksgiving

Christmas time in Taft I’m not a fan of the cold Taft Winters. The best part about winter is Christmas. We just had the great Taft Christmas Parade and the Fort dinner and gift Show. As always the Taft Chamber did a great job at the Christmas Parade but some of the crowd did not do so well. It is not that difficult to take your trash with you after the parade instead of leaving it everywhere. If you cannot make it through the Parade without having a cigarette please walk down a side street away from everyone. The real downer was the people who thought it would be a good idea to smoke marijuana toward the start of the Parade. With all the normal people and kids around that was very disrespectful. We have the Christmas Cruise Night tonight and several other great Christmas Events coming up. The other night, while driving up Lincoln Street you could see the beautiful Christmas lights on the Taft Hill. The house that really stuck out is the amazing Lights by the Whites home on Hilltop. We drove up and watched and listened to the show. I love how their radio station says, “The Hill.” After watching for awhile we drove down and watched the Allen’s amazing show on East San Emidio. Last year the best neighborhood Christmas lights were on Quail Ct. and the 500 Block of Church Street. I’m looking forward to seeing who takes the top honor this year. With the Christmas spirit in the air some of our Center Street shop windows already look terrific. I’ve always loved Christmas lights and loved looking at them after dinner since I was a kid. I remember Aaron’s awesome lights down where now the Community Garden now is. Now that I have a daughter that also loves lights I have an excuse to check them out a lot. This year I believe Christmas Lights are even more important to put up. They light up your yard and your neighbors’ yards. They bring good people out and about driving around every night to look at your lights. This is a very positive and fun Neighborhood Watch. There has been so much crime recently. I know lots of our crime is in the early hours of the morning. One garage burglary happened a few weeks ago at 10am. Most crooks are not going to be out prowling around when your neighborhood is lit up like Disneyland and car loads of good people are driving around admiring lights. Lights can be expensive to buy and tough on PG&E bills but it brings joy to families and can make your neighborhood safer. Some folks are physically unable to put up lights. It is nice to even put some in the bushes. There are a few people around town that hang lights for a fee. True Value, Rite Aid, K Mart, Old’s Cool, and several other Taft Businesses have all you need for decorating your home or business. This is the time of year to Shop Taft! Everyone says it but it is true. We need our tax dollars to stay here. Our businesses need Christmas shopping to help them get through the slow times. I see complaints about downtown parking. I know sometimes it is hard to find parking but look how far you park when you go to the mall. Do not forget there is always parking in the parking lots at 5th and Main, and 3rd and Center Street. People complain about store owners taking the parking spots. Due to safety reasons these days and now it is dark so early I would park in front of my business also. Who knows who could be in those alleys when you’re going home after a long day at work. Also if you are carrying items to your car it is way safer and easier to be close. The right thing is to leave parking spaces for handicapped, elderly, and your customers but you also have to think about your safety. We still live in the safest town around. Spending your money here will help keep it that way. Not just this time of year but all year see what Taft Businesses have first before driving elsewhere. Buy your cars here, get your cars fixed here, buy your groceries, shoes, get your hair done, tires, pet food, furniture, pedicures, Christmas Trees, tools, gas, clothes, toys, appliances, garden supplies, bikes, cell phones, firearms, and you can buy much more all here in Taft. Stay positive Taft! John Swearengin

Dear Editor: Folk’s, we experienced a modern day miracle on Thanksgiving Day 2013. It all started with one person having the thought of sharing their Thanksgiving meal with others who would be alone too, it wasn’t focused on the homeless, but more towards anyone that didn’t want to spend the day alone, and everyone was welcome. That one person mentioned the idea to a few other people and what I would call ‘explosion of love’ happened. Well maybe more like an explosion of love and turkeys. Food just kept coming and coming and coming...people of Taft opened their hearts to others with out any restrictions. We planned for 100 people and served 180!! I know it is not politically correct to mention Jesus in public, but no one ever accused me of being politically correct yet. I just have to tell you that this meal was a living example of the Bible story about the ‘5 fish and 2 loaves of bread’ Jesus took to a small boys lunch for one and fed the multitude. It seemed like food just kept being multiplied. I had many conversations that day, but one that really stuck out to me was with some folks new to Taft. The lady asked who all the people doing the work were, were they from a church? I looked around and laughed, the only answer I could tell her was that it was a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving where everyone came together and shared their meal of thanksgiving. There were no titles or groups in the room...just a community of neighbors sharing a meal and being thankful for each other. Oh the laughter was deafening at times! New friendships were born. Yes, it was a meal of thanks-being-given. There were so many volunteers involved in every step of the process it would take 2 pages to mention them all. However I would like to publicly give thanks to the Lions Club for helping us with the Vet’s Hall, Pam Brown for all her connections, 1st Samoan Assembly of God Youth who stood for 2 hours serving others. I’ll never forget that radical kitchen crew that kept the food coming! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to each and everyone. I loved not being alone on Thanksgiving!! Shall we do it again next year? I’m Kay Sullivan and I love Taft and I live here by Choice!!

Soroptimist International of Taft Presents Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, Luncheon & Fashion Show Saturday, December 14th Home Tour: 9:00 – 11:15 a.m. Luncheon & Fashion Show 12 p.m. At the Westside Believers Church Highway 119 and Main Street Kick-off begins at 9am at True Value Hardware Tickets on sale at $25.00 each and can be purchased from: Hint of Class, The Fort, Personal Style, or any Soroptimist member It is a great way to get in the holiday mood, see some beautiful homes have a chance to win beautiful raffle prizes, eat a great lunch, and help raise funds to meet local needs!

December 6 - 12, 2013


West Side Recreation Report Check us out online! Need more information on programs, classes or facilities? Visit us on the web: by Stephanie House

REC CENTER TEEN NIGHTS The first Friday of every month is Teen Night at the Recreation Center. Come in and bowl, play in the gym or just hang out with friends in a fun, safe environment. Who: Grades 6-12 When: Friday Nights - December 6 Time: 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Place: Recreation Center Fee: $10 per person LITTLE ELF’S BAKERY In this cookie workshop, we will make jumbo sugar cookies and then decorate them. While the cookies are baking, we will watch holiday cartoons and drink hot chocolate. Little elves will need a helper. Who: Ages 4+ When: Wednesday, December 11 Time: 3:00-4:15 p.m. Place: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $3 per person “FREEZE THE DAY” WINTER PLUNGE! Carpe Dippin’... come on down to the Natatorium Swimming Pool and take a plunge into the winter water. We’ll have some games (in water and on land) and some hot chocolate and coffee to warm you up after your plunge. **All kids must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Who: All Ages When: Saturday, January 4, 2014 Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Place: Natatorium Swimming Pool Fee: $2 per person KIDS NIGHT OUT Join us for a fun evening of games, movies, crafts, pizza, snacks and more! This is a great opportunity for parents to finish their Christmas shopping or wrap gifts during the busy holiday season. Pre-registration is required. Activity minimum: 15 Activity maximum: 35 Who: Grades K-6 When: Friday, December 20 Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Place: Community Center Auditorium Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 18 Fee: $8 per person TINY TOT BASKETBALL This program is designed to introduce boys and girls to the basics of basketball through physical play, balancing, coordination and movement based activities. No games are played in Tiny Tot sports. Who: Ages 2-4 When: Thursday Evenings Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Session: January 23 - February 13, 2014 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, January 9, 2014 Fee: $25 per person

WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246

INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL Instructional Basketball is for boys and girls 4-6 years of age who want to learn the fundamentals of basketball. Participants will learn the basic fundamentals of the game. Space is limited; register early! Who: Ages 4-6 Practices: 1 day during the week Games: Weeknights or Saturdays (varies by team) Session: January 23 - March 1, 2014 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, January 9, 2014 Fee: $35 per person SENIOR RECREATION ROOM The Senior Rec Room is located in the Community Center Activity Building (500 Cascade Place, Taft) and includes televisions with cable programming, computers and basic microsoft programs, comfortable furniture, games, magazines and books. The Rec Room is a great place to socialize and spend time with others. Who: Ages 55+ Hours: * Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. * Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m. * Saturday (1st and 3rd of each month - check dates), 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. BINGO Bingo is played on Thursday afternoons with early bird games starting at 1:30 p.m. Total cost to play all games averages $13 per person, or you can pick and choose which games you’d like to play. Choose from cards, packs, sheets and even a treasure hunt. We also sell pull-tabs for .25 each. Who: Ages 18+ When: Thursdays **No Bingo on December 26 Time: 1:30 p.m. Where: Community Center Assembly Room YOUTH BASKETBALL TRYOUTS/EVALUATIONS Monday, December 9 Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Division 1 - 6:00 p.m. Division 2 - 7:00 p.m. Division 3 - 8:00 p.m. * All registered Youth Basketball participants need to go through the tryout process. ALL participants will be placed on a team. LETTERS TO SANTA Children ages 8 and younger can write to Santa Claus in care of his helpers at the Recreation District. We will make sure that he gets your letters and writes back. Please write to Santa by December 16. Don’t forget to include your address! If you want to save postage, you can also send an email to Send letters to... Santa Claus c/o WSRPD P.O. Box 1406 Taft, CA 93268 FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE Don’t miss out on the popular Father Daughter Dance - the event sells out every year! This year’s theme is leopard, black and red. Tickets are on sale now! Quantities are limited; get yours early. Who: Girls ages 4+ When: Saturday, February 1 Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m. Place: Community Center Auditorium Cost: $30 per couple, $10 each additional daughter


December 6 - 12, 2013

Taft Union High School Future Farmers of America Welding Team Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve Wins FFA Agricultural Welding Contest at West Hills College

Most Will Close Early, Collection Box Mail May Be Collected Earlier

The Taft Union High School Future Farmers of America welding team won the FFA agricultural welding contest at the West Hills College field day Nov. 23. Justin Studer took first high individual honors, won a belt buckle, and helped his four-member team win the first high team. Studer, Josh Hawkins, Blake Arndt and Nick Keys comprised Taft’s team A. The team won the welding contest, which had five components: job portfolio, written job application, weld inspection, weld application, and general knowledge test. Hawkins won second high individual and Arndt won eighth high individual.

Taft’s team B, Cindy Kendrick, Salofi Maino,<cq: Salofi Maino> Brandon White and TJ Milner, won fifth high team. Thirty-six FFA students from throughout California participated in the event.

Photo by Adam Bullard Cindy Kendrick, West Hills College President Carole Goldsmith, Blake Arndt, TJ Milner, Justin Studer, Nick Keys, Salofi Maino, Josh Hawkins and Brandon White.

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Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Most Post Offices will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon on these dates. Regular mail delivery will be unaffected by the change. Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office and commercial customers are asked to check with their business mail entry units for specific information regarding holiday hours of operation. Blue collection boxes having final collection times before 12 p.m. will not be affected by these changes. However, collection boxes with final collection times scheduled after that may be collected early. Therefore, mail should be deposited into these mailboxes by 12 p.m. for early pickup Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Customers requiring postal services later on those days are encouraged to contact their local Post Office. Customers also may call 1.800.ASK.USPS for additional information. Areas where Post Offices may have different hours from this schedule will issue local media announcements specific to their locations. Post Offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. For the most up-to-date holiday information, go to: usps. com/holidaynews. There you’ll find holiday mailing and shipping deadlines, packing tips and information about Letters to Santa. Information is also included about all of the Postal Service’s holiday forever stamps, including Christmas: Holy Family Stamp, Christmas: Virgin and Child by Jan Gossaert, Eid Stamp, Gingerbread Houses, Global Evergreen Wreath International Stamp, Hanukkah Stamp, Kwanzaa Stamp and Poinsettia Stamps. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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December 6 - 12, 2013

TAFT INDEPENDENT Christmas in Taft! The West Kern Oil Museum lighted up the oil derrick thanks to Cooper’s True Value Hardware who donated the lighting (left), while Taftians (below) celebrated Monday with a grand Christmas Parade on Center Street which drew more than 2,000 people and plenty of parade entries. John Miller served as the Grand Marshall. Photos by Mimi Collins.

The oil museum derrick on Highway 119 and 33 is now decorated with Christmas lights thanks to Cooper’s True Value Hardware donation of the lights.

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS FOR BEING PART OF THE MAGIC: ALBERTSON’S COOPER’S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE EYE KANDI SALON & BOUTIQUE FASTRIP ON KERN RITE AID We would like to thank all the special eleves who adopted a Senior Citizen for Christmas this year. Your gifts and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.

It is a joy they will never forget!



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Liberty Under Fire Blows to liberty 100 years ago still impact you. By Dr. Harold Pease

Until thirty years ago we were taught that we were a republic and not a democracy. Today we treat them as the same—a serious mistake. Two Amendments, the 16th and 17th, both ratified in 1913, laid the groundwork for the destruction of limited government, which is the foundation of a Republic, the Constitution, and liberty. A review of our one hundred year history reveals the continued damage to your liberty as a result. What largely brought about the give-away programs of the Twentieth Century was the now 100-year-old 16th Amendment—the federal income tax. All three 1912 presidential candidates Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson, and their respective parties, wanted this financial water faucet that they could turn on at will. They could purchase anything—even people. Prior to 1913 the federal government remained mostly faithful to her grants of power in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which left them with only four powers: to tax, pay the debts, provide for the general welfare and provide for the common defense. Because the federal government has the inclination to grow the last two power grants, general welfare and common defense, each had eight qualifiers to harness them more fully. Outside these four powers the federal government had no power to tax or spend. General welfare then meant everyone equally and at the same time as opposed to “specific welfare” or “privileged welfare” as it is today, targeting those to forfeit and those to receive monies. The Constitution did not deny states, counties, or cities from having such programs, only the federal government. But politicians soon learned that the more they promised to the people, from the money of others, the easier it was to get elected and stay elected. So, how did we cover the expenses of the federal government—even wars—our first 124 years before 1913? Products coming into the country were assessed a fee to market in the U.S. called a tariff. We got product producers in other countries to cover our national expenses and thus we were able to spend, on ourselves, every cent of what the federal government now takes. The “financial water faucet” created by the 16th Amendment effectively enticed states, counties, and city governments to “cash in” their areas of “birthright jurisdiction” for money consequently the forfeited power (most of it totally outside the Article I Section 8 list), flowed to Washington DC. So why does the government now need a fourth of everything you make and it is still not enough? Because we went off the listed powers of the Constitution and every departure required more taxpayer funding—that is why! The answer to less tax is less government and always will be. A side benefit is more freedom. The freedom lost by the 17th Amendment, ratified on May 31, 1913, is harder to explain and mandates the readers’ understanding of what a Republic is. In such there is no federal government over the states. Think of it as a marriage where one party performs domestic duties (the states) and the other foreign policy duties (the federal government). Neither is boss over the other. Neither manages the other. As in any good marriage they are equal but sovereign over their areas of jurisdiction. The major protector of state sovereignty was the state legislatures who picked two of their own body to protect state interest from federal intrusion and sent them to the U.S. Senate. The media undermine this concept by their term “states rights,” always portrayed negatively, but the ability to combine to hold the federal government to the



December 6 - 12, 2013


CARL “RUSTY” HOSTETTER! 1943 - 2013 A funeral service was held in Calvary Temple Assembly of God on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 for Taft resident, Carl “Rusty” Hostetter, 70. Pastor, Dr. David Daniel officiated and burial followed in the West Side District Cemetery. Mr. Hostetter was born in California on January 25, 1943 and passed away in Bakersfield on November 29, 2013. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a longtime member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by his brother, Steve and his sister, Susie. Mr. Hostetter is survived by his sister, Myra Thomas of Costa Mesa and a host of friends at Calvary Temple and in the Taft area. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To express online condolences please visit ERMA JEAN PARRENT (1934 - 2013)

listed powers of the Constitution is absolutely critical to remaining a republic and remaining free. It is the only body powerful enough to do so. This is why we have two law making branches of government, one the U.S. Senate to protect the interest of the states. All this protection from government’s natural inclination to grow, dominating and controlling everything that it touches, was unwisely removed by the 17th Amendment and states today are not shielded from federal intrusion. U.S. Senators are elected precisely as are House of Representative members by popular vote. In fact, they may not even know of, care about, or be loyal to state issues. These two 1913 Amendments largely destroyed our status as a Republic and Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. We can look back and see the trail of damage of both. The 17th removed our shield from federal intrusion and the 16th enticed politicians to feed at the trough of “free” federal money for their own personal elevation consequently syphoning authority to the federal government. The result, the federal government has its dominating presence in every aspect of your life and in everything that moves. Only the ill informed can call this freedom. Dr. Harold Pease is 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 has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit

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Erma passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on November 27, 2013. Funeral services for Erma Jean Parrent, age 79, of Taft, California will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at West Side District Cemetery, Taft, CA. Visitation will be Friday, December 6, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft, CA. Erma was born July 25, 1934 in Eldon, Missouri to Bessie and Raymond Lee. She attended Taft City Schools, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1952. She met the love of her life and future husband, Howell D. Parrent. They were married on June 13, 1952 and celebrated fifty-seven wonderful years of marriage. Erma was employed at Taft Primary School for over twenty years. She absolutely loved her work at Taft Primary; the students, the many volunteers, Author Days, carnivals and PTA. Erma left a great legacy; she was such a kind and lovely woman who sacrificed for others her entire life. Erma’s mantra was always “Be Nice.” Her greatest joys were her children, Michael and Melanie. She loved watching Melanie play softball for Fresno State University never missing a Fresno State Softball game. Erma loved Fresno State Football and was a season ticket holder for over thirty years. GO ‘DOGS! Her passions included spending time with her family at Pismo Beach, traveling throughout California, cooking and baking, fine dining (Kevin’s Oysters,) mushroom hunting, gardening and dancing the jitterbug with Dad. Husband, Howell D. Parrent, parents, Raymond and Bessie Lee, sisters, Marjorie Stewart, Louise Monreal, sister-in-law, Betty Jo Parrent, brother-in-law, Dee Stewart, nephews, Darrin Parrent and Jon Allen, dog Kai Bears and Kitty Midnight preceded her in death. Son, Michael D. Parrent of Bakersfield, CA and daughter, Melanie A. Parrent of Clovis, CA survive her. Other survivors include Leon Parrent, Ron and Elaine Parrent, Ken and Jackie Parrent and Terry and Judy Parrent. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and their families: Dianna McConnachie, Greg Allen, Phil Monreal, Keith and Majara Stewart, Dave and Tara Stewart, Denise Lowell, Robin and Wayne Fowler, Kevin and Jane Parrent, Kim and Adam Rodriguez, Derik and Natasha Parrent, Kristin and Steve Davis, Raymond Allen, Corey and Alisa Parrent, Cory McConnachie and Katrina Priest; special friends, Sindee Silveira and Cathy Padilla and family. The family extends their gratitude to the following health care professionals: Will and his awesome staff at Glenwood Gardens, Dr. Htoo, Dr. Risbud, Dr. Tran, Dr. Black, Dr. Davis, Comel Fulton, R.N. and Balvi Reyes. Thank you to Lynda Jackson, Bill and Gloria Nichols, Bob and Jamie Scovel, Judy Hutchins, Denise Christy, John and Michelle Wells and Michael Rachford for your help and support. Remembrances can be made to Kern County Youth for Christ or Taft Sportsmen’s Club. We love and miss you Tweeter and most of all our Sweet Baby Girl. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home and www. Red was Erma’s favorite color and the family requests if possible you wear red to the service. Those we love do not go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear. - Anonymous

December 6 - 12, 2013


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Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Emmons Park Drive (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. The Pregnancy crisis center is now open and available for support and assistance. For information, call 763-4791 If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available



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ANNOUNCEMENTS HELP WANTED Black Gold Brewing Co. is seeking a part-time college aged student with waitress, customer service experience, Part-time evenings and weekends, 623-4296. Community Action Partnership of Kern CENTER DIRECTOR Maricopa Head Start Supervises the daily operations of a child development center; including the supervision of all center staff either directly or indirectly ensuring compliance of all finding sources. Must possess a Site Supervisor Permit; by meeting standards established by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, options 1-5, dated February 1, 1997. AA/ AS degree with major in Early Childhood Development, Education, Human Development or related field. 17.65/HR + benefits. Open until filled. Job Applications and full job descriptions are available from our website and our administrative office located at 5005 Business Park North in Bakersfield, Ca 93309 (661)-336-5236 EQUAL

OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Paramount Farming Company is currently recruiting for Ag &Trailer Mechanics. This position is located in the Lost Hills area. Candidates with strong welding, mechanic, and fabrication skills are encouraged to apply. Duties: Maintenance and repair on company farming equipment and trailers Diagnose and repair of: hydraulic, suspensions, electrical, hitches, frames, and airbrake systems Minimum Qualifications: 2 years of welding, mechanic, or equipment maintenance experience Valid CA driver license PFC is an equal-opportunity employer. We offer a benefit package including 401K, medical, life insurance, vacation, and paid holidays. Salary is DOE. Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred. Please send resumes to: Attention: Human Resources 33141 East Lerdo Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca 93308 Or email to: careers@



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Taft City Council Approves Contract with State to House Prisoners at Community Correctional Facility

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the City of Taft, California, will conduct a public hearing at a special meeting to be held at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the City Council Chamber, 209 East Kern Street, Taft, California to consider the following:

By Michael Long, Publisher The Taft City Council on Thursday night met in special session and approved a contract with the State of California Department of Corrections to house state prisoners in the city’s Community Correctional Facility. The contract, which will bring badly needed reveunes to the cash strapped city, is a 5 year agreement to house up to 512 state inmates, with health care services to be provided by the West Side Health Care District. The city will now wait for the state Department of Corrections to sign-off on the contract before opening the facility. Prisoners could start arriving by Februray 2014. This will be the third time the city has tried to reach agreement -- once with Los Angeles County to house LA county prisoners -- to filled the CCF since it was closed down by the state nearly two years ago. Closure of the CCF by the state was cause by legislation that forced the release of low offender prisoners into local communities, and as a way to save the state money which has had it’s own budget problems. Closure of the CCF has cost the City of Taft nearly $2 million in shut-down and unemployment compensation expenses, not to mention loss of nearly $1 million annual income to the city for operation of the facility. More than 60 CCF employees lost their jobs when the state closed the facility. Under the then existing contract, the state was to pay unemployment to former CCF employees. The city was saddled with the costs, and is now in a lawsuit against the state in Kern County Superior Court to recover the estimated $1.5 million. The city has used nearly all of its cash reserves to pay for the closure and unemployment claims by former CCF employees. In the case of the Los Angeles contract, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the city to house LA County prisoners. The Taft Police Department, which operates the CCF, began staffing the facility and interviewed new correctional officers in preparation of reopening. LA county then reneged on the deal due to pressure by the state, since the state needed the facility to house it’s own prisoners because of a federal court order to reduce overcrowded state prisons. Councilmembers expressed amibivalance about working with the state because of uncertainty of state approval of the contract, a 30 day notice clause in the contract to close the facility, and past experience with the state over the CCF. However, several concilmembers said that in was in the best interest of the city to sign the contract. “It’s as good as it gets so I will support the contract,” said Councilman Dave Noerr. Police Chief Ed Whiting, who has had to deal with frustrating LA County and state officials to plan the opening and operation of the CCF, sat quitely in the audience during the council vote. The council also approved a contract with Black/Hall Construction to make emergency improvements at the CCF required by the state.

West Kern Water District has moved the Regular Board Meeting of December 24, 2013 to December 17, 2013.

1. Site Plan Review 2013-23 – Proposal for a 6,000 square foot industrial building, on a 20.0 acre lot with two existing buildings totaling 10,400 square feet, within the Industrial (I) Zone District located at 800 Blackgold Court. All interested parties are invited to appear at this public hearing and present testimony concerning the item listed above. Documents related to this proposed action are available for public inspection during regular business hours at the Planning Department at City Hall, located at 209 E. Kern Street, Taft, California, 93268. If you have any questions, please contact the Taft Planning and Community Development Department by written correspondence at the address listed above, by phone at (661) 763-1222 Ext. 24 or by email at NOTICE GIVEN THIS 6th DAY OF December, 2013. Mark Staples, Director Planning and Community Development

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