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CHENEYFREE PRESS Thursday, December 3, 2015 in, in This past Thanksgiving left many of us more grateful than, perhaps, at other times. Besides the usual things for which we give thanks - fam- ily, health and food on the table among other things - a large number of us offered a heartfelt toast of gratitude to the hundreds of utility linemen who gave us our lights and heat back after the devastating Nov. 17 windstorm. But from now through Christmas, this is also the time of the year where we try to focus on the needs of others, those in our communities who might not be as fortunate as many of the rest of us. We lose sight of how many people are in need in our area. Information collected from city- data.com shows large numbers of people - over 1,000 who are nonstudents in Cheney - struggle to get by with incomes between $10,000 - $30,000 per year. While numbers vary across the West Plains those served by various outreach programs are likely larger than any of us imagine. On the surface, need can be hard to pinpoint because few want to be tagged with the "poor" label. One might be surprised that significant need could very well exist right next door. Those who struggle finan- cially must decide: Do I take my medicine, buy food or pay rent, heat or lights - often in homes that might be less energy efficient in the first place. Among all the chari- ties, there are organizations that can help with both rent and utilities. We want to use this space with the message to make sure our readers keep doing the things they have done for years and keep these many needs in mind. Recently one of our staff members had the opportunity to hear about the efforts of a pair of area charities, Christ Kitchen and Christ Clinic, who aid those in need. The main point made in the presentation was there are those who can volunteer time and those who choose to volun- teer their checkbook. A gift of money is great but sometimes there are just not enough hands and feet to put that cash to work. Be it time or money, either can easily be put to use by any number of efforts to assist during the holidays where the need - which of course is year- round - is amplified in our conscience in a time of giving. Each year the Cheney High cross country team stages their Turkey Trot fun run that helps locally with food and monetary donations. This year the Cheney Storm soccer team donated $1,500 to KREM television's Tom Sherry for his Turkey Drive. Both set great examples for getting into the habit early. There is no amount too small as a bunch of little bits helps a lot. A $20 bill really can go a long way'in the right hands, as evidenced by the U.S. Marines who have orchestrated the Toys for Tots campaign for many years. Giving can be as simple as skipping a lunch out or a coffee stand stop on the way to work. You can make up for it later. And you too can make your donation dollars go further by watching for the same sales you do for your own family. If you've had a good year, spread that cheer by giving a little more and doing so more often. supported compassion for others, not harsh punishments people, not .... , p,,vi-I leged and [ I powerful. Blessed are [ ~~1 the poor was one of i~l his maxims. He told a noble: "Sell --'-- "'--"- By JAMES A. HAUGHT Contributor Jesus sided with under- dogs. He championed little all that thou hast, and dis- tribute unto the poor." Christ's teachings were virtually a prescription for the compassionate "safety net" upholding people and families in modern democ- racies. "For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat. I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. I was a stranger, and ye took me in. Naked and ye clothed me. I was sick, and ye visited me. I "Clearly, Jesus espoused values generally aligned with the modern political left and peace movement. Sometimes, this facet of religion is called the 'social gospel.'" James A. Haught was in prison, and ye came harsh punishments. When values generally aligned unto me .... Inasmuch as the law demanded stoning with the modern political ye have done it unto one of anadultress, he famouslyleft and peace movement. of the least of these my said: "He that is without Sometimes, this facet of brethren, ye have done it sin among you, let him first religion is called the "social unto me." cast a stone at her." gospel." He also said: "When Jesus advocatedsepara- So it's strange that thou makest a feast, calIthe tion of church and state. America's white evangeli-' 'poor, the maimed, the lame, "Render therefore unto cals and fundamentalists the blind: and thou shalt Caesar the things which be are the bedrock of the. J e- be blessed, for they cannotCaesar's, and unto God the publican Party -- a party recompense thee." things which be God's." that favors the rich, under- His parable of the Good Jesus wasn't a militarist, cuts the safety net, backs ,Samaritan spotlighted the "Blessed are the peacemak- militarism and demands nobility of caring for those ers" was another of his harsher justice and the who suffer misfortune, maxims. Jesus didn't support Clearly, Jesus espoused SeeHaughtpage5 FREE SS Vol. 119 - No. 33 Press Production Manager Editor Randy Warwick John McCallum Pressman Reporters Mark Cordes Paul Delaney AI Stover Sales Steve Barge Graphics DeeAnn Gibb Brittani Montecucco John Myers Front Office Dawn Chernak Bookkeeper/ Rachel Stuart Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger TheEditorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stov~, Brittani Montecucco, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press isThe Free Press re- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead- ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which will be strictly president. Periodical post- enforced: age paid at Cheney, Wash. OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES -- Tuesday, 10 a.m.* 99004. Published at 1616 W. CHURCH, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL SOCIAL First Street, Cheney, Wash. NEWS -- Monday, noon* 99004. 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