Anne M. Burford, the feisty, embattled former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has her "getting even" book in the bookstores. Titled "Are You Tough Enough?" and written with prolific Washington writer John Greenya, Burford is clearly out to settle some old scores. And one of her former colleagues in the Reagan administration she remembers with considerable distaste is David Stockman, then director of the Office of Management and Budget.
She said he exercised an "unwholesome degree of power over EPA," and while she felt he was "one of the most brilliant young men I have ever met," she said Stockman was also "one of the most driven and calculating. And when he gets fixed on an idea, he does not easily let it go. It is a matter of record that he hates the legislation that established the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, he hates EPA. Period." Maybe Stockman will have equally nice things to say about Burford when his book comes out next year.
And as for Rita Lavelle, the former EPA official who was convicted of perjury and was released from prison in September, Burford said she was forced to hire her by the White House. "When I first saw Rita Lavelle," she wrote, "I was not favorably impressed . . . The woman does not make a favorable physical impression. She is overweight, an unnatural blonde, and her appearance is blowsy . . . At the time I didn't think she was as dumb as she turned out to be . . ." It has been said that Burford is tough enough to kick the belly out of a full-grown alligator. Mitch Snyder's Creche
Mitch Snyder, that zealot for the hungry and homeless, may have just come up with an idea that will make a number of people uncomfortable this Christmas season. If he gets his way, and it's doubtful he will, he wants a special statue he has commissioned to be included at the Christmas Pageant of Peace on the White House Ellipse. He is to announce through his Committee for Creative Non-Violence at a press conference today that the life-size statue will be figures of a black man, woman and child huddled over a steam grate. It will have the inscription "And still there is no room at the inn."
The statue, created by James Earl Reid of Baltimore, will be funded by the sale of donated works of 100 artists, including cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Washington painter Sam Gilliam and sculptor Claes Oldenburg. The fund-raising sale will be Dec. 8 at the Addison Gallery and Snyder plans to unveil the work Dec. 12. Snyder describes the work as a "contemporary Nativity scene" that he is anticipating the government will oppose. Snyder says, however, he will sue the government to have this work included in the "Pageant of Peace." End Notes
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