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2 The Sun, Wednesday, December 25 1991 OPINIO N Christ's birth Homespun Humor retold by Luke Here's how the "'bowI games From the Gospel According to St. Luke Chapter 2, Verses 1-21 Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, because he was of the house and family of David. In order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. And it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. ..... And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. "And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in clothes, and lying in a manger. And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." And it came about when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." And they came in haste and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. And when they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about the child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured up all these things, ponder- ing them in her heart. And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as they had been told them. And when eight days were completed before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. These books may help your New Year's efforts By Toni Rose Sheridan Librarian -time for New Year's resolutions! "Bah, humbug!" you say? Well, I don't blame you, for I am as bad at keeping those resolutious as the next person, but maybe .we have a book with just the plan to keep you going. Exercise your mind. Winning Bridge with Blackwood by Easley Blackwood tells you how. Chess Move by Move by Paul Langfield will also give the old gray matter a little exercise, plus these are both wonderful social exercises so check out a book and gather some friends and put your minds to it. Exercise your body: Jane Fonda' s Workout Book by Jane Fonda will tell you how to do it, as well as how NOT to do it. Also highly recom- mended are the Fitness, Health and Nutrition series by Time-Life. Quick Workouts: Fitness anytime, any- where is a good example of an exercise plan that is easy to follow. Get those household repairs done. We have dozens of how-to books, including The Old House by Time- Life, and Fix-It-Yourself Manual from Reader's Digest which con- tains step-by-step illustrations for fixing nearly anything around the house. Save money. This is a popular resolution. Your Book of Financial Planning is the consumer's guide to a better financial future says editor Loren Dunton of the National Cen- ter for Financial Education. Also on the shelf is Sylvia Porter's The Money Book. Eat better. Mega Nutrition by Richard Kunin will start you out, and the At-A-Glance Nutrition Counter by Patricia Hausman will keep you going. We also have The American Medical Association Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cook- book. If this is too much to contemplate, how about Managing Stress also part of the Time-Life health series. And if all else fails, them is a wonderful selection of new fiction to take you away from all this. The library is located at 142 NW Yamhili Street, and is open Tuesday through Friday 2-8 p.m. and Satur- day 10-4. TH; O- George Robertson EDITOR end PUBLISHER POSTAL.NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Shendan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronda postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. DEADLINES: Noon Fdday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday - Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. I I I By Linda Fink This month, as I listened to the Middle East "peace" delegations trying to decide where to meet and with whom to meet and what to talk about, I began reading about the disputed territories in an attempt to understand what this whole mess is about. As the delegates were stand- ing in the hallway, unwilling to enter a negotiating room lest they appear to be caving in, I read about Pales- tine. Of course I didn't figure out the whole mess (who has?)--but I coin- cidentally learned some things I didn't know about Christians and the Christmas holidays. I knew that Palestine is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam and therefore fought over by peoples of those three great religions. What I didn't know was that various Christian sects have fought even amongst themselves over the holy sites. In 1333 the Pope granted author- ity over the holy places to the Franciscans, though they had to fight other groups, such as the Orthodox, to secure those rights. In 1555 the Latins gained permission to repair the roof of the rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the rotunda contains the sepulchre itself).., and promptly forbade any other church to celebrate the liturgy within the tomb. After a fire in 1808, the right to repair the roof (which carries with it the title to the building) was granted to the Orthodox. And so the battle continued clear up through the mid- 1800's, when the theft of the silver star in the Grotto of the Nativity and argument over the ownership of the keys of the church brought on a quarrel that helped start the Cri- mean War. All this for the sake of worshiping the Prince of Peace. More recently, the Orthodox, Latins, and Armenians have been cooperating in a careful restoration of the church. Patriarchs of those three branches of Christianity are regarded as having equal authority but with carefully delineated separ- ate rights. Thus, in the grotto at Bethlehem the Orthodox may hang six lamps, the Armenians five, and the Latins four. (The other churches, having been ousted over the course Of centuries from their original posi- tions, have no lamp rights.) Fortunately, the Western Chris- tians celebrate Christmas on December 25 while the Orthodox and Armenians on January 7. But imagine what a mess things are around Jerusalem during the Easter season, which is a holy time of year not only for the various Christian groups, but also for Jews (Passover) and Muslims (pilgrimage to Moses' tomb at Jericho). We in the United States celebrate "Christmas", meaning, for the most part, the secular holiday of that name, on December 25, even though the American Orthodox and Arme- nians and probably others still cele- brate the religious Christmas on January 7. Our Christmas involves as many if not more of the old pagan rituals than religious ones. The winter solstice was a celebration of the newly rising light and included a huge feast (now called Christmas dinner). One of the best-known festivals of Ancient Rome was the Saturnalia, a winter festival from December 17 - 24. Because it was a time of wild merry-making and domestic cele- brations, businesses, schools, and law courts were closed so that the public could eat, dance, gamble, and generally enjoy itself to the fullest. The day after the Saturnalia, December 25, was a day for cele- brating the birthday of Mithra, the Iranian god of light, and for wor- shiping the invincible sun. To counteract the effects of these pagan festivals, the church adopted Mithra's birthday, December 25, as Christmas, the birthday, of Christ. But the old pagan flavor lingers. A supernatural being flies from roof- top to rooftop delivering toys; fami- lies gather for a feast; friends con- gregate for wild merrymaking known as holiday parties; and busi- nesses, schools, and law courts Where to write... U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfleld, 322 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224-3753. District office: Room 107, Pioneer Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97204. Phone 326- 3386. U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, 259 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Wash- ington, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224- 5244. District office: Suite 240, 101 S.W. Main St., Portland, OR 97204-3210. Phone 326-3370. First District Congressman Les AuCoin, 2159 Raybum House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 2701 N.W. Vaughn, Suite 860, Portland, OR 97210. Phone 1-800-422-4003 or 326-2901. Yamhill County Commla$1onera: Dennis Goecks, Ted Lopuszynskl, Debi Owen=, Yamhill County Court- house, Fifth & Evans, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone 472-9371. Polk County Commissioners: Mike Propes, C. Ralph Blanchard, Ron Dodge, Polk County Court- house, Dallas, OR 97338-3174. Phone 623-8173 or 370-2500. State Senator John Brenneman, R.Newport, State Capitol S-323, Salem, OR 97310-1347. Phone 378- 8176. State Representative Tim Josl, D-Bay Clty, Oregon House of Repre- sentatives I-I-367, Salem, OR 97310. Phone 378-8788. Gov. Barbers Roberts, State Capi- tol, Salem, OR 97310-0370. Phone 378-3111. ' II City gets thank yous STUDENT THANK YOU LETTERS FROM RM. 5 SECOND GRADERS MRS. GAMMON City of Sheridan: Thank you for paving the street, because I like it.---Sarah L. I hope you pave the street again. I like it, because I can ride my bike on the street.--Kasey S. Thank you--I like it. It is dark.-- Scott G. Thanks for paving the street. We needed that! It looks a lot better.---Starla M. Thanks for paving the street. It is no longer bumpy and it looks better than it did before.----Ste- phen B. It is much better. Thanks!-- Bradley R. Thank you. Please pave it again when it needs it.mJessica B. Thank you for the new street you made us, because it's good for driving on.--Heather V. Thank you for paving the road called Sherman Street. I hope you do just as good on another street. I like it.--Brent S. It is the best job!--Clinton D. Thank you for paving the street. Would you please do it again when it gets in bad shape?--Mark A. I like that you paved the street, because them are no bumps.--Eric E I like how you paved the streets. Thank you.--Serena 13. Thanks. It looks nice. I liked when you put up the street. Good job!pKelly D. We are very glad we have a new road, because we did not like the old road at all. The new road is also smoother.--Ashley B. Thank you for the new street, because it is no longer bumpy.p Luke J.' Thank you--it looks very, very good.--Erie B. Thank you for the paved streets, because when people fall they don't get hurt so serious, and when it rains there's no puddles.-- Katey S. I like it, because you can't fall in mud puddles!--Kyle B. We are thankful that you have made our new street so we do not fall. I like it, because you can ride a bike or a car. Thank you. Now kids that go to Fauiconer have a new road.--Tony L. I like how you paved the street. It looks nice.--Daniei W. An allowance can help Mds learn about money Most of what your child learns about money is learned from you, the parent. As children watch par- ents spend and save, they develop attitudes, points out Judy Burridge, Oregon State University agent in Yamhill County. To help your children learn appro- priate financial attitudes and habits, give them an opportunity to make some of their own money decisions. One way to do this is to give childmnan allowance, explains Bur- ridge. Often parents feel that they can- not afford an allowance for their children. It sounds like one morn expense added to the budget. But it does not have to be an extra expense. In fact, it may save you money. close. We end our secular season with New Year's Day ball games, which, as one of sources noted, would look gigantic pagan religious festivals | a visitor from ancient times. Huge congregations together to witness a ritual conducted according to ritualistic rules. The dress in appropriate garb, or costumes, as they engage i their ritual combat---one side senting evil and the other depending upon the viewpoint the members of the audience. Priestesses in appropriate garb perform tic dances and lead the con tions in chanting various that are supposed to help win. Through magic, the attempt to transfer the enthusiasr the crowd to the appropriate batants. So I have learned Arabs are not the only ones over sites in the Middle East that Palestine is not the only where diverse religious another area is the living America. And if you don't football is a sacred religion people will fight for, try the television set on New Day. Linda Fink is a Gren Packwood promotes passing u pesky By Senator Bob Packwood A couple of weeks ago, our neighboring Slam of ton narrowly defeated an to impose term limits on all ington state elected officials. the initiative failed, it should as a warning for Congress. are angry at Congress. They Congress is out of touch, and become a place where there are many "perks" and not enough est people. I have heard from a lot nians who feel that way. them tell me that Congress has many fringe benefits, and that pie shouldn't be paying for benefits with their tax That's why I've introduced a that would make it illegal to Congressional "perks" free reduced costs. These perks costing the federal and, in the end, thousands of dollars. Among the perks that would longer be provided free or reduced rates are: meals, plants, pictures, picture frames, cuts, medicine, hospital care ambulance services. I also cut back severely on the amood mail Congress can send to unless answering letters from stituents. All of these things are the average taxpayer doesn't Yes, Congress needs health cam. But that service be one that breaks even. It cost you anything. Today, these services are breaking They are all subsidized--by The news that some Congress bounced checks in House accounts enraged a you. I have heard from many who are furious about it. W start restoring the faith of can people in their getting rid of some of these that clearly have nothing with Congressional should not cost taxpayers None of us in Congress today's feeling of "throw the out." A lot of us work hard Capitol, and want our to know we're doing our best, like you, I want to do my jol and feel my boss--that's happy with my performance. don't like to pay for these and privileges," we should'! vide them for free. Congress is, in the end, ble to each and every one hope my effort to get rid perks and privileges shows to believe in Congress need to earn back your trust.