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Independent The Taft

August 2 - 8, 2013



August 2 - 9, 2013 • Volume 8 Issue 5

“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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Madsen Heads to the X Games in Los Angeles

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Has A New Priest Property

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

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

Passport, Basic Employee Safety, Forklift Training Begins August 5 The Resource Center is collaborating with WESTEC to have a 3 week certification program in Taft. The classes will start on August 5 - 23 Monday - Friday, 8 - 4:30. These classes will be FREE but the participants MUST attend ALL classes in order to receive their certifications. Classes will include: Passport, Basic Employee Safety, Forklift Training, First Aid/CPR, Confined Space, Defensive Driving, MSHA-Mine Safety, 40 Hours HAZWOPPER, California Commercial Drivers License Permit Preparation. For information or to reserve your space, please call The Resource Center at 763-4889 as soon as possible. Space will be limited. These certifications will not only make you attractive to oil companies but will be impressive to most prospective employers.

West Side Recreation Vendor and Craft Show November 15 and 16, Vendors Sought Westside Recreation District will be hosting a VENDOR & CRAFT SHOW on Friday, November 15 (5:00-8:30 p.m.) and Saturday, November 16 (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.). Vendors and crafters of all types are welcome to participate. Fee is $40 per space (table/chairs included) and all items must fit within an 8’x10’ space. Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the District Office. To have more information emailed to you, please leave your email address in the comments below, send us a direct message, or email

The Taft Independent is seeking Experienced Writers

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.

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by John Swearengin Tonight is the First Friday of the Month Cruise Night on Center Street. Cruising starts at 6 and ends at 10pm. Mama’s Kitchen and Lunatic Fridge will both be playing. Black Gold is having a Beer Garden in the parking lot next to Next Step Cardio. The Lions Club will be serving Tri Tip, Chicken, and other great food. If you are not Cruising bring a chair and hang out. Shop at the following Shops and Restaurants that will be open late- Personal Style, Black Gold Brewery, Old’s Cool, Ong’s Café, Jack’s Flower Shop, Asian Experience, Bangs & Tangles, Mi Casita, Get Your Sweet On, Eye Kandi, Fox Theatre, and Pizza Factory. Get out and about Taft! Thursday Nights- Every Thursday from 4-7pm is Farmers Market at the Taft Chamber. Smurfs 2 along with two other great movies are playing at the Taft Fox Theatre 7 Nights a week. Saturday August 3rd- Taft Fireworks Carwash Fundraiser at the Taft Chamber at 8am. JFL Football and Cheer Sign-Ups at the Rec, Building D from 10-12. Future Events: September 6th -“Friday Night Lights,” Taft Wildcats Football Team vs. Coalinga at Home at 7:30pm. October 18th- West Kern Petroleum Summit 7:45-4:00 at Taft College. Tickets only $60.00. Wednesday August 7th is Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. Doors open at 4:30, Dinner is at 7:30pm. You do not have to be a member but the Taft Petroleum Club is accepting new members for only $60.00 a year. This is not just for Taft Businesses, it is for all Businesses. Bring a Prize and put your Business Card on it. Your Business can also sponsor an Industry Night. Come out and have a great Dinner and advertise your Business. Contact the Taft Petroleum Club for more information.

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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

514 Center Street • (661)765-7469 LIKE us on Facebook: Fox Theatre Taft TAFTFOX.COM Week of Friday, August 02, 2013 through Thursday, August 08, 2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG) Wed & Thu: 6:30 PM The Smurfs 2 (PG) Fri & Sat: (4:30), 7:00 Sun: (2:00), (4:30) Mon - Thu: 6:00 PM The Wolverine (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 6:00 PM Sun: (5:30 PM) Mon - Thu: 6:15 PM The Heat (R) Fri & Sat: (5:00), 7:30 Sun: (2:30), (5:00) Mon & Tue: 6:30 PM


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Westside Watcher Taft Chamber Report By Dr. Kathy Orrin, Executive Director After such a success as the 2013 Fireworks Show . . . what’s next? The next big thing for the Chamber is not even a Chamber thing. Shannon will remind you of the upcoming events, e.g., car cruise nights, the golf tournament, the fishing derby, and the Christmas parade. But we have a very important task before us at the Chamber: the support of the Greater Taft Economic Development Authority’s submission of the sevenmonth-long ad hoc committee’s findings. For over six months, various members of our community—at least thirty-five business owners, executives, service providers, upper-level managers, retirees, politicians and contractors--have met to learn what modern-day economic development looks like, to study the current attributes of our community, and to make educated planning suggestions for growth on the West side. Their work has been guided by Mike Dozier, Executive Director of Fresno State University’s Office of Community and Economic Development and Ishmael Herrera, RDC Director, also of Fresno State University. And we have been treated to wonderful dinners from the Taft College Cafeteria, La Salsa, Asian Experience, Black Gold Deli, OT Cookhouse, Willow Ranch (of Buttonwillow), and Albertson’s (4 times!!)—all of whom are Chamber members. Our dinners were sponsored by Taft College, West Kern Water District, the City of Taft, The Chamber, the West Side

August 2 - 8, 2013 Recreation and Park District, Monarch Fleet Services, the West Side Health Care District, and Albertson’s. We also would like to thank the West Kern Oil Museum and Taft College who made space available to us when necessary. Many of you may recall “planning studies” or “vision meetings” or may have been involved in gatherings open to the community where folks spoke of their desires for the future of Taft. This ad hoc committee format was very different from those “open forums” of the past. The ad hoc committee participants were treated to the perspectives of many professional specialists who reported to the committee the current status of economic development in Taft and the prospects for Taft’s future. We heard from agriculture, oil, commercial and residential real estate, workforce developers, and financial entities—people who know the West Side and have up-to-the-minute information on what is happening in our area. Much of the committee’s task was to assimilate the information into workable and attainable steps toward economic growth for Taft. And the report is in. On Saturday, August 10, the Executive Board of the Greater Taft Economic Development Authority (GTEDA) will meet to review, amend and/or approve the suggestions made by the information collected by the facilitators of the project. The report and the Executive Summary of the GTEDA Board will be presented to the members of the Taft City Council in a regularly-scheduled Council meeting on Tuesday evening, August 20, 6:00 p.m., in City Council Chambers. The public is, of course, invited. For those of you who cannot attend the Council meeting, we will publish the findings in future editions of the Taft Chamber Newsletter. To all ad hoc committee participants, thank you for your hard work!

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

HUNTERS SAFETY COURSE Monday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 7 6:30-9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium 500 Cascade Place, Taft $5 per person (facility fee) With cooperation from the Taft Sportsmen’s Club and volunteer instructors Larry Heptinstall, Kenny Beard and Jay Thomas, materials and instruction for obtaining a California Hunting license are available approximately every three months (February, May, August and October). Registration begins the first night of class and a minimum of 10 paid students is required or the class will be postponed until October 7-9. ICE CREAM & MOVIE Tuesday, August 6 1:00-2:45 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-8 $3 per person Need to get out of the house for a few hours? Bring a friend and join us for an ice cream social. We will make sundaes and watch the movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” BOARD GAMES & PIZZA Friday, August 9 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-8 $3 per person Join us for a few hours of nothing but fun, games and pizza! We will have plenty of board games and a pizza lunch courtesy of Taft Domino’s Pizza. HOLIDAY VENDOR & CRAFT SHOW Friday, November 15 * 5:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 16 * 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Registration Begins: Tuesday, August 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the District Office Vendor Fee: $40 per space Vendors and Crafters of all types are invited to join us for a great opportunity to sell your goods just in time for the holidays. All items, including your table, additional racks and/or shelving must be able to fit within an 8’x10’ space. No pre-made food items may be sold. There is no admission fee for shoppers! Vendor fee includes use of an 8-foot table and 2 chairs. For more information, please contact Stephanie at 661-7634246 or PIZZA & QUARTER BINGO Who: Ages 55+ When: Sunday, August 18 Doors Open: 4:00 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - $2 per person Bingo: 5:15 p.m. - $3 per person Where: Community Center Auditorium Registration/RSVP deadline: Friday, August 16 Leave the dinner plans to us and tonight and after you eat, stay and play some cheap bingo! We will have pizza, salad and dessert. Come just for food or stay and play - it’s up to you! SENIOR RECREATION ROOM 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. 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. PRESCHOOL STARTS AUGUST 26 The West Side Recreation & Park District’s Preschool program is now enrolling students for the upcoming 2013/2014 school year. Classes begin the week of August 26. The program is for children ages 3-5. Fees vary per class. As of now, there are still spots available in all three of our classes, but they are filling quickly!

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For more information, please phone 763-4246 or send an email to steph@ Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class: 8:30-11:00 a.m. Monday/Wednesday Class: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday Class: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. INSTRUCTIONAL SOCCER Who: Ages 4-6 Practices: Weekdays Games: Saturdays Session: September 9 – October 19 Where: TUHS Soccer Fields Registration deadline: Thursday, August 15 Fee: $35 per child Shin guards are mandatory. Advanced 6-year olds are eligible for WSYSL Division 1. TINY TOT SOCCER Who: Ages 2-4 When: Tuesday and Thursday Evenings Session: September 10 – October 10 Where: Wrecker Field, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, August 15 Fee: $25 per child GYMNASTICS Who: Grades K and older When: Monday Evenings Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sessions: September 9 – October 14 and October 21 – November 25 Where: Community Center Auditorium Fee: $40 per session ($30 for each additional sibling) Instructor: Suzanne Hale DANCE CLASSES Ages 3-5 (Preschool): Monday, 5:00-5:45 p.m. Grades K-1: Monday, 6:00-6:45 p.m. Grades 2-3: Monday, 7:00-7:45 p.m. Ages 3-5 (Preschool): Wednesday, 5:00-5:45 p.m. Grades 4-5: Wednesday, 6:00-6:45 p.m. Grades 6-8: Wednesay, 7:00-7:45 p.m. Season: Classes begin September 9 and continue through May 2014 Where: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $25 per month Instructor: Vicky Waugh Participants will learn the basics of tap, jazz and hip-hop. Class enrollment is limited and classes are subject to change due to demand. A Parent/Orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center Assembly Room. The meeting is for those who have already enrolled in the program. FUN FLY SUNDAYS Who: All Ages When: Sunday, August 4 (First Sunday of Each Month) Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m. Where: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center $3 per person, participant $2 per person, spectator The hobby of remote control airplanes is taking us by storm! Come and watch these “Fun Flyers” execute some basic moves and maneuvers including rolls, loops and inverted flight. SUMMER YOUTH BOWLING Who: Ages 5-16 Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session: June 10 – August 16 Where: West Side Lanes, Recreation Center Fees: $2.50 per game Monday & Wednesday, $3.00 per game Friday (Cosmic Bowl) Looking to have some fun indoors and beat the heat? Then this program is for you! Kids will learn the sport of bowling while having fun with friends. Every 3rd game is free and shoe rental is included. BOWLING PARTY RENTALS Make your reservation now! Reservations are now being accepted for party rentals at the bowling alley in the new Recreation Center. Parties may take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday. Rental fees start at $100 for 2-lane rentals. Rental prices include shoes, balls and use of the party room. Call 763-4246 for more information or to make a reservation. RECREATION CENTER: SIZZLING SUMMER MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL Monthly Memberships (new or renewal) are just $20 through August 31 Regular price is $30 – you save $10! Recreation Center Memberships cover use of the gymnasium and weight room for drop-in activities. For more information, contact the Recreation Center at 765-6677. NATATORIUM SWIMMING POOL Come down to the Natatorium and swim before the summer is over! Most swim programs will be wrapping up in mid-August, but we will continue to hold Night Swim all month long. See you soon! OPEN SWIM: Monday-Friday, 1:30-5:00 p.m. * Last Day: Wednesday, August 14 SATURDAY SWIM: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. * Last Day: Saturday, August 10 NIGHT SWIM: Monday & Thursday, 7:45-9:00 p.m. * Last Day: Thursday, August 29


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Congressman McCarthy Launches Congressional Valley Fever Task Force

Taft Resident Excited About Invitation to X-Games by Joan Raymond

Nicole Madsen never dreamed building dirt jumps and jumping over bikes as a kid would lead to competing in the X-Games in Los Angeles next month. After receiving the email invitation last week, she barely found the words to describe her feelings. “I’m really excited and blessed. It’s an awesome opportunity.” Madsen first started riding when she was eight on a “Big Wheel 65”. Riding with friends in the dirt fields around town, she began racing at twelve practicing at the Taft Arenacross. Competing in a couple of series in northern California, she moved on to the World OffRoad Championship Series (WORCS) traveling to other states such as Nevada and Washington. Going Pro at sixteen she followed with the Men’s Moto-Cross Nationals, competing alongside other professional women racers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, and the East Coast. Moto-X riders are daredevils of sorts when they’re competing. The bike track propels them around curves and over gaps spanning sixtyfive feet. “There’s a feeling of flying, kind of a stalled feeling at the top,” she told me. “I kind of blank out and ride from muscle memory, not really thinking about what I’m doing.” I asked her if she was a daredevil as a child. She told me how she used to ride with the boys. “They would stack five bikes together and


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Madsen in a practice jump at Milestone in Riverside County we’d jump them. The boys were always a bit better, so I had to keep up.” When asked about the selection process for the X-Games, she said she submitted videos showcasing her skills and competitive talent back in March, 2013. Then she sent more videos showing her progression of skills. “They wanted to know I had the ability to compete.” She told me her family is in shock, never thinking she’d make it this far. After all, being selected as one of the world’s best athletes is quite an honor. To prepare for the event Madsen exercises daily at the gym. Weekends, she lives part-time in Temecula, practicing at the Supercross track. “I’m living my dream,” she said. “I’ve always watched and always wanted to compete.” When I asked her what winning her event would mean she responded, “Everything. It’s hard to imagine. It would be a turning point in my career.” Madsen will be competing in the Moto-X series on Saturday, August 3rd, at 9:00pm. Broadcasts will be shown on ESPN with recaps and highlights to be shown on ABC a few weeks later.

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This week, Congressman McCarthy launched the bipartisan Congressional Valley Fever Task Force in his effort to bring awareness to the fight against this disease. The Task Force’s goal is to share information with stakeholders in the medical and scientific fields to foster new advancements in prevention and treatment as well as work with community organizations to help educate individuals on the disease. “Many if not all of us know a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker that has been affected by Valley Fever and our fight against this disease continues,” said McCarthy. “I am honored that my colleagues in Congress are joining our community’s growing effort to raise awareness and eradicate this disease.” Co-chairing this effort is Congressman David Schweikert who issued this statement: “This task force is a much needed step toward raising awareness for this terrible disease and someday soon finding a cure. Valley Fever has silently affected entire communities in the southwest including our family, friends, and even beloved pets. I am hopeful that this working group will bring awareness, reduce the risk of misdiagnoses, and bring about a cure within the decade.” Helping our effort is Congressman David Valadao who issued the following statement: “I am proud to join this bipartisan group in the House to address an important issue to my constituents. I look forward to working with members of this caucus to educate the public about this terrible disease and advocate for those most affected by it.”

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The Taft is more a lotthan more than just a Theater! It’s a Community Treasure. The Taft FoxFox is a lot Community just a Theater! Effort to Keep Theater Open Under Way then to the Fox Theatre almost every Saturday Night. I went from sitting next to my parents to being cool and sitting in the row in front of my parents. Then in Lincoln Jr. High, I had to be real cool and sit in the front row. Now 20 some years later I’m back sitting toward the back of the Theatre with my wife, daughter, and my parents. The only bad memory that everyone will remember as a kid about the Fox, is going downstairs to the scary Restrooms. I was scared to death to go down there without my Dad. It was even more scary than going upstairs to the Restroom at Jeno’s Restaurant. I have so many great memories as a kid in Taft and I want my daughter to have the same memories as she grows up. Over the years the Fox has had Concerts, Reunions, and much more. During Oildorado 2005 they showed one of the movies that was filmed in Taft and the place was packed.

We try to go to the Fox at least once a week and I see several others doing the same thing. They have done a great job getting family movies this summer. The Fox has come and gone a few times since I was a kid. The Fox has great Admission Prices, Concession Prices, it is very clean, and has great Customer Service. Friday and Saturday Nights they sell Domino’s Pizza for only $1.00 a slice. We need to give donations and do what we have to do to keep the Fox going. Movies before 6 pm are only $5.00. Go to the Fox tonight and see a great movie. Also any evening you feel like some Popcorn stop in and buy a bag. Even if you do not like to go to the movies please support the Fox. It is not just about the Movie, it is about keeping Downtown alive, it is about the memories our kids will have in the future, and it is about a beautiful building. Please support the Fox!

by John Swearengin

At the end of the year all 35mm film will no longer be made. The Fox Theatre must update their equipment or they will have to close. The Fox is trying to raise $40,000. The $40,000 dollars is only the down payment for the $250,000 dollars total it will need to replace equipment. The rest of the $250,000 will be paid over the years in monthly payments. At the end of the year all 35mm Film will no longer be made. The Fox Theatre has no choice and must update all their equipment to stay open. With the help of all of us the Fox Theatre will hopefully never close again. The Fox is going to start a Kickstarter project. The Kickstarter will have several promotions that will have everything from being rewarded popcorn to having an opportunity to have naming rights of the three Theatres. To keep up with everything going on with the Fox, get on Facebook and go to “Taft Fox Theatre- Keep Our Legacy Alive!” Several people have great ideas and suggestions on Facebook. Anyone who has ever lived in Taft has memories of the Fox. David and Emily Bosworth who are always huge Taft supporters recently wrote a great comment. Emily talked about how her and David went on their first date there 25 years ago and are still together going to the Fox today. Like David and Emily my Parents had their first date there and it was a lot longer than 25 years ago. My Mom had her first job at the Fox Theater. As a kid my family and I went to Jeno’s Restaurant and


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Liberty Under Fire Censoring Eisenhower and religious freedom in the military By Tony Perkins

If President Eisenhower were alive today, the five-star general may be shocked to know that his own speeches are too offensive to be quoted in the military he used to command. A military chaplain has been taken to task for fulfilling the job description that most spiritual leaders (until recently) were hired to do: talk about faith. In a harmless post for his online website, “Chaplain’s Corner,” Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska wrote an inspirational piece called, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” The phrase, which President Eisenhower made famous in 1954, dates way back to the Japanese attack at Corregidor. Reyes had hoped to encourage his troops - believers and nonbelievers - with the brave story of the man who first coined the quote.


Turns out, the story only encouraged the attack of anti-faith zealots. Mikey Weinstein, whose own statements are fairly wellknown (“Christian monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny”), organized a letter to Reyes’s commanding officer, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding the chaplain be censored. Weinstein and Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) representative Blake Page blasted Reyes for his “redundant use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’” and accused the chaplain of “defil[ing] the dignity of service members.” Of course, anyone who has actually read Reyes’s column would understand how preposterous those charges are. Reyes never suggested that “there are no atheists in foxholes,” he was merely tracing, in a very neutral way, the history of the well-known phrase - a far cry from the “anti-secular diatribe” MRFF calls it. Reyes goes out of his way to include unbelievers in his piece, even suggesting that “faith” can mean different things to different people. Nonetheless, his superior, Col. Duffy, snapped to attention and within five hours of Mikey’s complaint ordered the article scrubbed from the chaplain’s website. In his profuse apology to MRFF, he promises to keep a vigilant watch over his troops’ speech. “We remain mindful of the governing instructions on this matter and will work to avoid reoccurrence.” Not surprisingly, that didn’t satisfy Weinstein and MRFF, who are demanding a formal punishment for Reyes. “Faith-based hate is hate all the same,” Page wrote. “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately reprimanded.”

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For what - doing his job? Engaging in constitutionally-protected speech? Like it or not, a chaplain’s duties, by definition, are to offer prayer, spiritual guidance, and religious instruction. Whether Duffy punishes Reyes or not, the damage has already been done. As FRC’s executive vice president, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin told Fox News’s Todd Starnes, chaplains across the military are already afraid of carrying out the most basic duties of their job. “In this case, a chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members. ... Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?” Thankfully the U.S. House of Representatives is on the verge of passing the Defense Department budget with language inserted to protect troops’ conscience and religious rights. Additionally, over 160,000 Americans have signed a petition to Defense Secretary Hagel, urging him to issue clear policies to protect the religious freedom of our troops. Without such protections, the free speech rights and religious liberties of our nation’s most diligent servants will continue to be trampled. Tony Perkins, a Marine Corps veteran, is president of the Family Research Council. Dr. Harold Pease is on vacation this week.


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Trinity Southern Baptist Church  400 Finley Drive We invite you to join us each week as we worship

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Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 6:00 pm

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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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Parting Shots By Mimi Collins, Taft Camera Club July’s photo theme had to be fireworks and other fiery works, plus a little cooling off ! On July 3rd, Taft Camera Club members met informally for a photo shoot at the wonderful 2013 Taft Fireworks Show sponsored by the Chamber, Westside Waste Management, and other local folks. Fireworks are great photo ops; in fact, many digital cameras have special settings just for fireworks. TCC members are now busily preparing images for the Kern County Fair. One of our members gave an earlier workshop on mounting photographs, and we’re planning a refresher in time for submitting our images for the photography exhibit. When you visit the fair, be sure to see the exhibit in the Albert Goode Auditorium. For more information: or Photos: Bougainvillea, by Mimi Collins Contrails, by Tyrone Maddox Cool Water, by Mimi Collins Fireworks 1, by Esther Livingston Fireworks 2, by Esther Livingston Night Bloomer, by Tyrone Maddox

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