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Page 4 Cheney Free Press Thursday, November 11, 1982 Words still have meaning. America's national salute to veterans on November 11 is an annual time for prayers, parades and speakers attempting to emulate an address delivered 119 years ago. (See story in this issue on today's program in Cheney.) There was no Veterans Day then. There was only a time of great uncertainty--during a bloody struggle-- when Abraham Lincoln spoke of an obligation to those who died so the Nation might endure: "It is for us, the be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have thus far so nobly advanced," said Lincoln. "It is...for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion..." i The meaning in Lincoln's words is enhanced today by the fact that 85 percent of today's 30 million American veterans served during their country's wars. But Veterans Day is more important than statistics. It is a day for all citizens to recall battles and dark periods of adversity. It is a day to remember bright victories, devotion, and bravery. Most importantly, perhaps, it is a day when a grateful Nation rededicates itself to Lincoln's call on the Congress and the American people "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan." This charge has become the motto of an agency that honors veterans all year long: the Veterans Administration. The Free Press encourages local residents to take a few minutes to attend Cheney's function. Sixth graders send letters to editor iiiiiiiiiiiiIiIIiIIm (Note: The following letters are from sixth grade students from Mrs. Alene Helsing's class at Salnave Elementary School. The letters represent part of a two-week newspaper unit and conern items of interest to the students.) lilllililnlllllllll Dear Editor, I am concerned about the new motel being built next to the railroad. If the building costs a lot of money to construct and people do not like the 1 o'clock a.m. train shift, then they are mostly not going to stay there. Unless there are sound-proof walls, I think the owner is in trouble. Sincerely, Kristi Helgeson Dear Editor, I wish the football players weren't on strike. It is no fun cause you cant watch it on T.V. It's just boring to sit home and do nothing? Sincerely, Marty Roop Dear Editor, I'm writing about pollution. I think we should do something about it. Most people have fire places. That's all right but it pollutes the air. I'm glad they invented cars but they also pollute the air. Sincerely, Darrin Randall Dear Editor, I think Cheney is a good town. But I think there should be something done about dogs. I think people should keep their dogs on a chain. I think a person that works at the dog pound should patrol the neighborhoods twice a week. Then that way we won't have dogs bothering people. Sincerely, Juli Trim Dear Editor, What do you feel about parents paying their children for work they do around the house? I think they're paid enough by the food and clothing their parents provide. Besides, most kids do their jobs sloppily. I know I do some- times. Sincerely yours, Violet Edwards Dear Editor, Is it safe to go "trick-or-treating?" My parents say "no" I can only go to the houses of people in our neighbor- hood. I understand why, but think it's unfair. I would like to see the people punished who laced the extra-strength asprins and ruined our Halloween. Sincerely, Michelle Knokey Dear Editor, I do not think the football strike is necessary. The football players just want more money. They really don't kndw what they're putting people through. If they come to a conclusion, I hope it comes before winter comes so they don't freeze and so the fans don't either. What ever, I just hope it doesn't stay like this for long. Your friend, Tyler Cordis Dear Editor, I feel very strongly about the money we get for schools. We have very little money to buy books for the Library and for other things we need. I feel that it is very poor. Sincerely, Eriea Ziemer Dear Editor, I think people should make it safe for kids to go out and trick-or-treat safely. I think we should outlaw trick-or-treating and just have a big costume party. If the state doesn't, at least they should make it safer. Sincerely, Mike Schlotman Dear Editor, I think they should make laws more strict for bike riders. Like people riding their bikes on the sidewalk and not stopping for stop signs. Sincerely, Brian Drake Evans and Novak This Week By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak 'The Great Compromiser' WASHINGTON -- Large Democratic gains in the House of Representatives may force President Reagan into cut- ting the defense budget and raising taxes again in order to reduce sky- high deficits. The Democratic pickup of 26 House seats, while falling short of a landslide, deprived the President of the philo- sophical majority of Republicans and Southern Democrats that helped pass his economic and defense proposals. Senate Republicans are also humbled by the narrow margin with which they retained control of that body. The unchanged 54-46 GOP majority is de- ceptive since it was accomplished only by five extremely narrow, 51-49 percent wins in races in Nevada, Missouri, Vermont, Rhode Island and Virginia. Long known as the "Great Communi- cator," Ronald Reagan may become the "Great Compromiser" if he follows the advice of his more pragmatic aides. They want him to cooperate with the Democrats in cutting defense, possibly agreeing to new tax increases and avoiding any push for major cuts in either Social Security or welfare programs. MX MISHAPS An attempt by civilian planners in the Pentagon to tie an expensive new $12 billion missile-defense system to the controversial MX missile project may doom the entire program with a skepti- cal Congress. The Pentagon has procrastinated for two years with the MX after killing Jimmy Carter's racetrack deployment scheme for the missile. Now the con- sensus for higher defense spending has evaporated and even a stripped-down MX will have trouble getting through an increasingly anti-Pentagon Con- gress. Further tinkering with the MX by adding the missile-defense system will probably consign the entire pro- gram to the scrap heap. POLITICS OF NOSTALGIA Voters showed nostalgia for the rela- tively prosperous economic climate of the late '70s by voting back into office four Democratic ex-governors they had either once defeated for re-election or forced to retire. Bill Clinton made a big comeback by winning the governor's race in Arkan- sas. Michael Dukakis was returned to office in Massachusetts, Rudy Perpich won in Minnesota and George Wallace won big for a fourth term in Alabama. A NOBEL SURPRISE While it probably didn't change many votes, the contention at a White House ceremony by Nobel P'ize winning economist George Stigler that the country is in a "depression" seriously embarrassed several presidential ad- visors. The reddest face belonged to Dr. Martin Feldstein, the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. He had personally briefed the 71-year-old conservative economist before intro- ducing him to reporters. But Stigler had his own ideas about what to say. Calling supply-side eco- nomic a "gimmick," Stigler gave the President an "incomplete" on his per- formance in handling the economy. That handed explosive political am- munition to the Democrats just six days before the mid-term election. DEFENSE BUILD-UP ENDS? Preliminary budget projections in- dicate that fiscal year 1984 federal deficits could pass the $200 billion mark. The prospect of this sea of red ink convinced President Reagan to ask counselor Edwin Meese to find "pain- less" ways to cut military spending. But there is serious danger that any cuts in Reagan's long-term arms build- up will expose the president to charges he is abandoning one of the primary goals of his presidency. Projected fiscal 1983 Pentagon spending levels now show only a $3 billion increase over Jimmy Carter's last five-year plan for the defense budget. GERMANY TILTS WEST 'Senior officials in the new govern- ment of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl have passed confidential word to Secretary of State George Shultz that "significant and specific efforts" are being planned to improve German relations with the United States, and that Kohl's government will no longer play middleman between Washington and the Kremlin. The assurances by the new conserva- tive government in Bonn that it will follow a more pro-Western policy lay the foundation for restoring the health of the ailing Atlantic alliance. Pentagon officials are also cheered by Kohl's appointment of strong man Manfred Woerner as defense minister. Woerner, formerly deputy leader of his Christian Democratic party (CDU), is seen as a rising force in German politics and a possible future chancellor. LAME-DUCK DAWDLE Congressional insiders believe that almost nothing will be accomplished in the lame-duck session of Congress starting Nov. 29. The only action ex- pected is confirmation of a few lower- level presidential appointments that have been held up, and possibly the passage of a new defense appropria- tions bill. It was originally suggested that the lame-duck session should deal with the Social Security crisis since it would meet after the politically sensitive mid-term elections. But the president's commission on Social Security reform is tied up in knots over whether to increase worker payroll taxes, and is unlikely to make any recommendations for congressional action before late December. A free press: Your key to freedom. Olympia Refxxt By Adelle Ferguson It's ironic, really, that the Legisla- ture has done almost a complete flipflop with the Democrats now con- trolling both houses by about the same margins the Republicans had. Also, that the next speaker of the House appears to be Wayne Ehlers , the Parkland school librarian who was invisible as far as the other three caucuses were concerned for most of that myriad of sessions that did the GOP in. One of the reasons it took so long to come to agreement in those sessions was that the Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses negotiated with each other and then jointly negotiated with the House Republicans. No doubt about it, House Speaker William Polk was the real strong man of the Legislature. But leaving Ehlers and the other House Democratic caucus leaders twiddling their thumbs outside the doors while the Big Three made their decisions didn't help bring matters to a head at all. When they finally invited Ehlers in for a real "Four Corners" discussion, they got somewhere. And then the House GOP doublecrossed him -- that is, he agreed to supply needed votes for a tax increase, including his own, and the Republicans wound up giving 50 anyway. And now he holds the gavel, or will unless something happens that is en- tirely unforeseen at this writing. At least Ehlers has a comfortable marjority -- I pity poor Ted Bottiger in the Senate whether he wound up with 25 or 26 votes. Senate Majority Leader Bottiger has the worst bunch of prima donnas and would-be kings and kingmakers I've ever seen, beginning with Jim Mc- Dermott of Seattle. McDermott is already trying to put together a coup to take over Bottiger's leadership post when the Senate Demo- crats reorganize this coming Sunday. Presumably, he thinks his sponsor- ship of Initiative 435, the removal of the sales tax on food, deserves the reward of leadership, even if it didn't pass. And the Democrats are probably gulping great sighs of relief that it failed -- they would have been the ones who would have to make up the anticipated $140-150 million revenue shortfall it would have created in the current budget. Oh, Gov. John Spellman would prob- ably have called a special session before January if 435 had passed -- he's dumb enough. But there is no way legislators bumped out of office Nov. 2 would be about to do anything to help make it easier for their successors. Spellman is really the one in the catbird seat right now. He'd like to establish himself as a conservative before he runs for re- election in 1984 and he couldn't do that with the members of his own party in command. If the Republicans had been able to cut back state spending the way they wanted to, they would have a far different record to present to the Le00efs Unhappy Please add my name to the list of folks who are irritated with your decision to drop the tv schedule. I hate watching tv on a "hit-or miss basis, having to switch channels on the half hour to see if something is on. It is much better to take a look at the whole evening's program possibilities and chose what you want to see rather than just leave the tv on indefinitely. If nothing appealing is on, you might choose not to turn the tv on at all and read a book, or go to a play or whatever. Cheney - Medical Lake TV Cable finally brought us some {oo0 ,iewing choices, but without a good guide, who knows what's happening! Sincerely, Prudence W. Dickson Confused As Northwest taxpayers and U.S. Citizens we are confused about what we see as a contradiction in two federal decisions: I) That the citizens of Washington State cannot prevent nuclear waste dumping at Hanford because it is federal land; 2) That Northwest residents must pay voters this year. offend state unions. Faced now with Legislature, no when by the bleeding away the store refuses to lift a On the trie deadbeat either. It's too mat governors term so their states their chan, the full Washington that! project. (Which Why does the rights to one responsibility for ! Also, there is energy Is there a the case, then, sold out of is excess, whY demand result io There the power result in injustiCe dents. We also Northwest fornia-Why out of state that of local Macbe our forward. We things resolved manner that is Washington not exsisting in ton, D.C., and source of west residentS, who profit from our tax Sincerely. Diane I : Cheney Centennial I |  I wish to be contacted by the Cheney Free Press as I have information and/or photos m my family's history that may be of interest to others. I | Name I | Address m Please contact me (best time) I m Mail immediately to: Centennial, Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004. I IllUUllil n II m Ill liB m Hi mll HI II Hi Hi n m m m Hi m u u u ii Hi m ii Ph( Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. 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