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Page 2 Cheney Free Press Thursday, December 23, 1982 In the beginning there was the Bible... Now there is The Reader's Digest Bible as recently released in .... j- __ I hardcover by the Reader's Digest Association in New York. We at the Cheney Free Press contemplated sharing the old Christmas story in its new format with our readers, but copyright laws prohibit us from reproducing the new version of the story of Christ's birth--or any other part of the new book, for that matter. The Reader's Digest Bible, two years in the planning and four years in the making, is condensed from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, as edited by Rev. Bruce M. Metzger, professor of New Testament Language and Literature at the Princeton Theological Seminary. The purpose of the new Bible is to encourage people to actually read the Bible, cover-to-cover. Looking much like a novel, the new work appears as though it will accomplish its objective Although the new version is much condensed, its editor claims nothing has been added or removed that in anyway diminishes the spirit or teachings. The new version is 40 percent shorter than the original. People probably will still want their old Bible and probably will want to refer to certain passages by specific verse numbers rather than by page numbers, but they also will find the new volume a handsome addition to their bookshelves this time of year. If it encourages more young and older readers to actually read, then it will have accomplished its purpose. We refer readers to the Chapter called "Luke", pages ,574-577, for the Christmas story... Protect you r pocket/purse Among the people looking forward to the holiday season are those who plan to steal gifts and pickpocket money. You can reduce the chance that itmight happen t O you by practicing these holiday safety tips: --li possible, shop before dark --Think about where you park. Will your car be isolated or in a dark area when your return from shopping? --Lock your car doors when leaving, as a matter of habit --When shopping, be aware of those around you. Don't flash money. --To avoid'pickpockets, men should carry their wallets in a front pants pocket. --Retain some mobility by not overloading yourself with packages. This may mean making a mid-point trip to your car, and/or having some purchases delivered to your home. --To avoid tempting thieves, store your purchases in the trunk, not on the seats. If you don't have'a trunk, try to conceal packages as best you can. --When returning to your car, have your key ready, so that you don't have to stand at the door fumbling through a purse or pocket. --It's a good idea to make a habit of glancing inside at the back seat anytime before you unlock your car. --At home, store valuable gifts in the safest possible place until shortly before Christmas. The longer you have them under the tree, the greater your exposureto theft. Evans and Novak This Week By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak ANGRY JIM BAKER A measurement of White House chief of staff James Baker's anger with what he considered attempts by longtime Reagan political advisor Lyn Nofziger to undercut his influence in the White House was his surprising decision to leak Nofziger's activities to the'press. Baker then had President Reagan make an overseas call to Nofziger to convince him to ston his activities. Baker's extraordinary efforts were prompted by an unauthorized letter Nofziger sent to key Reagan political operatives inviting them to attend a planning session for a 1984 Reagan campaign. Nofziger alienated Baker by writing that he wanted the 1984 race to "be a Reagan-Bugh campaign, not a Bush-Reagan campaign" - a veiled criticism of Baker, who managed Vice President George Bush's 1980 presi- dential nomination race against Reagan. Baker. travelin with the vresident in South America when he heard about the letter, promptly called Nofziger and denounced the planned meeting. Later Reagan called from Air Force One to also express his displeasure. White House aides loyal to Baker then ordered administration officials to boycott the gathering. After the meet- ing Nofziger apologized to Bush for his "misinterpreted" remarks. But in his letter of apology, he continued to question the loyalty of some presi- dential aides. After praising the vice president for "unswerving loyalty" to Reagan, he added, "Would that all who work for the president were so dedi- cated." Bush's aides were not mollified by the apology. One Bush supporter quipped, "What is this about a Bush-Reagan ticket? Do they think we even want Reagan on the ticket?" The long-simmering fued between the moderate advisers and conservative Reagan loyalists is expected to intens- ify as the time approaches when the president will decide whether or not to run for a second term. HOT PEPPER Democratic congressional leaders are worried that any meaningful re- form of the ailing Social Security system will be derailed now that g2-year-old Democratice representa- tive Claude Pepper, the chief con- gressional supporter of programs for the elderly, will become chairman of the influential House Rules Committee. A majority of members in both houses of Congress have concluded that some rollback in Social Security's cost-of-living increases is essential if the system is to escape bankruptcy next year. But the feisty Pepper is com- mitted not to cut one dime from retire- ment programs. His fellow Democrats believe that as chairman of the rules committee, which decides what legisla- tion reaches the floor, Pepper could indefinitely bottle up any changes in Social Security. CALIFORNIA CONVENTION Democratic National Committee chairman Charles Manatt is deter- mined to hold the 1984 Democratic convention in his home state of Cali- fornia. He prefers Los Angeles, but the 1984 Olympics there interfere. So, San Francisco is the most likely choice. Other cities in the running include New Orleans, Chicago and Houston. But San Francisco, which last hosted a national political convention in 1964, is the favorite if the city's convention center can be altered to hold the thousands of delegates. ARMS CONTROL Administration foreign policy hard- liners may score a key victory if the White House selects lame-duck GOP representatives Robin Beard of Ten- nessee as deputy arms control director. Beard, a strong pro-defense con- gressman, was defeated in a Senate bid this November. He would be in line to succeed arms control director Eugene Rostow, often criticized by the right, if ill health forces him to retire. / %1"-'-- " ,m  II .-.| .. | 1 '"51 . I ==.,=-=,. LJ/ /// All I T[MS  usT GO! J ,' / /17;=s; 01L o, :- ' 7 ..', -' i -\\; The importance of being p By Adelle Ferguson If State Reps. Shirley Hankins of Richland, Jim Lewis of Yakima and Emilio Cantu of Bellevue had shown up for the mid-November reorganization caucus of House Republicans, chances are Richard "Doc" Hastings of Pasco would be the new minority leader today. Instead, Gary Nelson of Edmonds got the job. Hastings was elected caucus chair- man, a powerful spot, to be sure, but nonetheless second on the leadership ladder. Which all goes to prove that having the votes doesn't do you much good if they aren't cast. Many a politician has learned that the hard way. The most optimistic poll in the world that shows you're a winner hands down doesn't mean a thing if those folks so crazy about you don't go to the polls. Hastings was sure he had it in the bag, and said so in advance of the caucus. The meeting has been scheduled since September, so it wasn't as if it had been moved around or anything, to cause problems for the caucus mem- bers. And Hastings is philosophical about it. Rep. Hankins, he said, had long planned on making a cruise about that time, a rather peculiar scheduling on her part, considering she's a buddy of Hastings and a would-be mover and shaker in the House. Cantu had planned to attend, but was sent to Kansas by his employer, the Boeing Co., on business that still wasn't over a week after the caucus. Lewis apparently had some other appointment that was more important, said Hastings. And the fact that House G0P was back to being a minority again may have had something to do with the lack of desire on the part of Hankins and Lewis, anyway, to alter their plans, he said. "There's a lot more at stake when you're in the majority," said Hastings, whose party now holds only 44 seats to the Democrats' 54. I remember very well back in 1972 when there was a bitter battle for the leadership in the Senate Democratic caucus between Sens. R.R. "Bob" Greive of Seattle and August P. Mar- desich of Everett. Mardesich toppled Greive from the throne he'd held for 16 years, but it wasn't easy. The weekend that caucus was scheduled, Sen. AI Henry of White Salmon, a Mardesich vote, telephoned the Senate from Denver and said he didn't think he could make it back for the vote. [.ettel00 Please share this verse with all the good people I have met in Cheney, but most particularly with Pat and Alta- mac Whitehill. It's just the little homey things... The unobtrusive friendly things...The "Won' t-you-let-me-help-you" things... That make our pathway light...The "Laugh-with-me; it's-funny" things.. The "Never-mind-the-trouble" things... That makes the world seem bright... For all the countless record-breaking Call Sen. instructed his think his office would make a floor anyway pro tem of the Henry caught Hastings had away to frontation, between Nelson simply a case of same position. The position course, wasn't Speaker of the current Speaker announced he again. ] The dream died cans lost as Nelson and their sights to ings, that didn't shoW, chairman. That's k things... TheSe led" things... Are not all "Jr all the little the-forgotten" "n ' simply-nothl g life worth Jenm Sot 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. The Free Press requests that contributors observe the following dealines which will be strictly enforced: SPORTS, LATE BREAKING NEWS, OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES- Tuesday, 10 a.m. CHURCH NEWS, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER SOCIAL NEWS- Monday, noon GENERAL ADVERTISING - Mondsy, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING- Tuesday, noon All letters must be signed, with the writer bearing sole respon- sibility for their contents, libelous letters will not be printed POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to Cheney Free Press, P.O. 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