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Vol. 101 No. 266 Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana 25 Cents Wednesday December 7, 1983 8 Sections -116 Pages Editorial A-14 Living with procrastination's consequences. Feces CI Delta Festival Ballet dancer has local ties. Sports B-l High school association taking big step. Weather C-13 Sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Other Items Action Line.. A-8 Ann Landers....... C-5 Comics, Crossword ...C-l 5 Dr. Lamb Columm B-l 1 Obituaries... ....... ......C-l 2 Want Ads : D-7 Tomorrow Legislature hears governor's revenue plans. Mail Edition 4 Sections In Accordance with U.S. Postal Regulation Special ession udaet Pinch To Begin Today By Robert Morgan Town Talk Capitol Bureau BATON ROUGE - The second extraordinary session of the Legislature this year convenes at 3 p.m. today with lawmakers unsure what they will accomplish in 10 days. ; The Legislature is to adjourn by 1p.m. Dec. 16. .., .... Most legislators interviewed by' The Town Talk said they expect , passage of a congressional reapportionment plan and an increase in state income taxes with little problem. But they are not optimistic about "any other tax measures passing. A few lawmakers had different opinions, indicating there may be no tax measures passed in the special session. Gov. David C. Treen's budget experts have admitted the state faces a deficit of $246 million by latest accounts. If the Legislature does not approve some tax increases, Treen has said he will cut departmental budgets across-the-board to cover $155 million of an expected revenue deficit. Another $81 million would be recovered through executive actions appropriating surplus funds and making selective cuts in some budgets. ; No action has been outlined to recover an additional $10 million shortfall revealed Friday in the " - ' ' ; . VfF t '',1 f s t ... J - - - - tf Gov. Dave Treen: To address a joint gathering of the Louisiana House and Senate today. Department of Education budget. Although Treen did not give the Legislature a wide-open call to attack the budget problem, he included items allowing increases in the income tax, suspensions or repeals of sales tax exemptions, increases of so-called "sin taxes" on alcoholic beverages and tobacco, increases in the state gasoline tax and increases in a few departmental fees. Treen has been criticized by some lawmakers for not giving specific recommendations on where to raise the money to prevent serious budget cuts. But Executive Counsel Raymond Lamonica said Treen will make specific recommendations when he addresses a joint session of the House and Senate today. House Speaker Pro Tempore Raymond Laborde, D-Marksville, said he does not expect the session to last 10 days. "There'll be no problem with the reapportionment, I don't think. (But it) looks like the income lax is the only one that's got a chance" for being increased, said Laborde. ' Laborde's comments were echoed by Reps. Raymond "La La" Lalonde, D-Sunset, and Joe Delpit, D-Baton Rouge. Delpit added, however, "Personally, I'd be able to vote for every one of them (tax increases)." Other legislators were more reticent in predicting tax increases. . Senate President Samuel B. Nunez, D-Chalmette, says some senators are considering a move to block Treen's authority to cut spending. Nunez said the thinking among this group is that enough time will remain in the 1983-84 fiscal year when Gov.-elect Edwin W. Edwards takes office March 12 for the Legislature to take care of the (Turn to A-2) Gift to Toy Fund Makes Many Happy The 1983 Doll and Toy Fund is accepting contributions to provide toys for about 1,900 children in central Louisiana. The fund is co-sponsored by the Alexandria Rotary Club and The Town Talk Contributions should be sent to Doll and Toy Fund, co Alexandria Daily Town Talk, P.O. Box 7558, Alexandria, La., 71306. Previously acknowledged $1,33125 Today's contributions: Jessica and Cody Slaughter . 10.00 In memory of Cherry H. Dyer 25.00 Gorettia Knight-. . 20.00 Second Union Baptist Church . 35.00 Anonymous 10.00 In memory of Irving and Mary C. Hall..... 25.00 Amerita Auxiliary . 25.00 Kim and Jonathan W hitehurst 10.00 Brandon and Lindsey Walsworth ..... 10.00 Cub Scouts Pack 23 Den 2 6.75 Pineville High School Senior Y-Teens 20.00 Dr. J.M. Yeager 25.00 Employees of Procter and Gamble 100.00 "The Kids" . 25.00 Today's total contributions $346.75 Contributions to date ....$1,679.00 Former GOP Leader Smith Replaced on Rights Panel WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Reagan replaced former GOP leader Mary Louise Smith on the restructured U.S. Civil Rights Commission Tuesday, ignoring congressional and civil rights leaders who said there was a tacit agreement she would remain. In a letter to Mrs. Smith, who differed with Reagan by supporting quotas and busing as a last resort in fighting discrimination, the president said he intends "to presevere in ... the expansion of equal rights" for all Americans. White House aides said Mrs. Smith refused to pledge to support Reagan's choice to head the commission, Clarence Pendleton Jr., if she was renamed. She also had criticized Reagan for not hiring enough minorities and women. Mrs. Smith refused to criticize the president but said, "I think he's gotten some very bad political advice." In a telephone interview from Iowa, she said Reagan's decision "will be perceived as a negative message to women and blacks, and the civil rights community in (Turn to A-2) Terrorist Bomb Kills 4, Injures 46 on Bus in Jerusalem By Farouk Nassar Associated Press Writer Militia gunners poured heavy machine-gun fire at the U.S. Marine base at Beirut airport Tuesday, and a PLO bomb tore apart a bus in Jerusalem, killing four people and wounding 46. No U.S. casualties were reported in the machine-gun attack, the first on the American contingent of the multinational peacekeeping force since Sunday when an artillery barrage killed eight Marines and wounded two. At the same time, Beirut radio stations reported U.S. jets flew reconnaissance over Syrian-controlled Lebanon and Syria said it downed two unmanned Israeli spy planes. In Tripoli, PLO loyalists were reported ready to evacuate the Lebanese port city in several days. ' The Marines at the airport responded to the machine-gun bursts with fire from tank guns and anti-tank weapons. The fire came from an area controlled by Druse and Shiite militias. "At 5 p.m. (10 a,m. CST) today our eastern perimeter received heavy, concen trated machine-gun fire from a fortified position," said Marine spokesman Maj. Dennis Brooks. "The Marines responded ... and the fighting ceased. It stopped immediately. There were no casualties." The bus blown apart in Jerusalem was stopped at a traffic light in the Jewish section near a military cemetery. It was the bloodiest attack on civilians in Israel since Israeli forces invaded Lebanon 18 months ago in an attempt to smash the Palestine Liberation Organization. It also was the worst terrorist attack in Jerusalem in more than five years. The PLO in Tripoli claimed responsibility, saying, "This operation comes to escalate the actions of the Palestinian revolution against the Israeli occupiers." A senior aide to Yasser Arafat said the PLO chief will soon abandon Tripoli and go to Tunis. Arafat and his men have been trapped in northern Lebanon since Nov. 3 by Syrian-backed mutineers who charge he has softened his position toward Israel. Greek ships were expected in Tripoli "within a few days" to evacuate Arafat and about 4,000 of his fighters to Tunisia and North Yemen, Khalil Wazir, Arafat's top military aide told The Asociated Press. Meanwhile, Beirut radio stations reported U.S. jets flew new reconnaissance sorties over Syrian positions in Lebanon's central mountains, drawing no ground fire despite Syria's threat to shoot them down. Syria, however, said its air defenses shot down two unmanned Israeli spy drones one over east Lebanon's Bekaa. Valley and another in Syrian territory (Turn to A-2) Sfe f$xf$fC?WSh: i - .KfeiB!8S::-;MW:v:w . :ww..w:w:v . . via?5' MthmtU.W yf II iumiw1 unUianiimHi ammnxoMWii inu i mi k,m n 4 .! No Yule Lights on Water Tower The traditional Christmas lights on the city water tower apparently won't appear this year, and neither the Alexandria City Council nor the administration is willing to shoulder the blame. When the Rev. Errol Dorsey, council president, asked why the lights aren't up this year, two top administration officials said there is no money budgeted for the lights this year. Tony D'Angelo, public works director, said it would cost between $6,000 and $7,000 to put up the lights, and Champ Baker, utilities director, said 7,500 light bulbs have to be purchased every year. D'Angelo said the Christmas light money was cut out of this year's budget. Councilman Marion Chaney, Finance Committee chairman, quickly retorted, "They didn't have that by line item. I can tell you that. We didn't take it out. We're talking about something real serious. People from all over the state and all over the nation identify that tower with the city of Alexandria." Dorsey agreed the price is worth the effort because the lighted tower means so much to children. "Just don't buy a car or two. You can hold back on raises or something, but this should be placed in the budget." Baker said it is too late to get bulbs to put up the lights this year. However, D'Angelo said if Mayor John K. Snyder orders the lights to be put up, they will be put up. Snyder did not attend Tuesday's council meeting. Rapides Librarian Resigns 4 Neighbor Comforted Amidst Twister Damage Al Decker is comforted by Patty Waguespack, LaPlace early Tuesday morning. Officials said a neighbor, amidst the, rubble of a house that 20 homes were destroyed and scores more was destroyed when a tornado ripped through were damaged. Story on A-12. (UPI Photo) By Amy Liebmann Town Talk Staff Writer Misunderstandings and lack of cooperation between Rapides Parish Library Board members and Librarian Tom Horan probably contributed to Horan's resignation, some board members said Tuesday. Horan's letter of resignation, dated Dec. 5, says his effective resignation date will be March 1, 1984, the end of the library's fiscal year. Horan wrote that while he feels a strong commitment to serve Rapides Parish, "I find that I no longer feel inclined to apply my administrative abilities to implement policies based on a philosophy of library service which is completely different from my own." He said he hopes board members will be able to find a replacement "with whom you can work in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation to provide Rapides Parish with the high quality of library service that it deserves. I shall look forward to enjoying that service as a private citizen." Horan was not available for comment Tuesday. A secretary said he would make a comment at Thursday's 4 p.m. board meeting at the main branch on Washington Street. Board members wouldn't give specific examples of differences, but some said the board and Horan haven't been seeing eye to eye recently. "The relationship between the librarian and the board has not been at its greatest for the last few months," said board member J.D. Hickman. "There is a misunderstanding of who is the policymaker and who carries out that policy. "In my opinion, the board makes the policy and it's the duty of the librarian to carry that policy out," Hickman said. "And there's been some reluctance on his part to carry it out. It (resignation) would be due to that," Board member George Duncan said he didn't know the differences ii - If. Tom Horan: Rapides librarian announces his resignation. were at a crisis point. "I didn't think matters were such that he'd want to leave," he said. "I think that the board has worked with him as much as possible. Maybe there's a gap there (Turn to'A-2)

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