The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on November 25, 1980 · 6
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Tuesday, November 25, 1980
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THE ATLANTA COiNSTlTUTIOIN. Toe.', Nov. 25, 1980 , "t&i. it i . l ; ' . 1 i.i.,.i ii, ., mi mi- nnn - i,i -! Reagan Huddles With Advisers, Postpones Cabinet Selection DEFENSE 1ST PRIORITY , Sen. John Tower From Pr DliMldw - i i. LOS ANGELES - President-elect Ronald Reagan met with his closest advisers Monday but postponed selection of any Cabinet members until after Thanksgiving, a spokesman said Monday. . .,- f ' , " , Press secretary Lyn Nofziger said no final decisions about Cabinet posts had been made in a 2-hour meeting Monday at the Reagan residence with Vice President-Elect George Bush, Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev, and other members of Reagan's inner circle. - , "The selection process is temporarily ended until after Thanksgiving," Nofziger told reporters. "There are no more meetings scheduled until he comes back from the ranch. I don't expect any announcements until after the first of the month." Nofziger refused to give any details of how the selection process was going, or, whether Reagan had started contacting pro-, spective Cabinet nominees by telephone, i "There were general discussions of the Cabinet. We're focusing on the Cabinet," Nofziger said. "When we've got something to an-. nounce, well announce it" Reagan plans to spend the next four days at his secluded Santa Barbara ranch, where his family traditionally spends Thanksgiving. Nofziger said he did not expect the president-elect ; to have any meetings at the ranch or to contact aides or prospective employees. After the meeting with Bush and other advisers, Reagan posed for pictures with two live turkeys presented to him for Thanksgiving . by the California Turkey Industry Board. The two turkeys were to be given later to the . Salvation Army for Thanksgiving, but the board also presented Reagan with a 28-pound frozen turkey for his own Thanksgiving dinner. , While posing for the photographers, Reagan was asked if he was surprised that his son, Ronald, a 22-year-old ballet dancer, had married his girlfriend in New York City earlier in the day. "Happily so," the presidentelect replied. Neither Reagan nor his wife, Nancy, attended the small ceremony, which was described by a friend as an "elopement." Laxalt denied that the process of picking Cabinet officers was turning into a tug of war between conservatives and moderates. Meanwhile, In Washington, Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, said Monday the first priority Of the incoming Reagan administration will be the "defense of the country." Tower, who is in line to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee and has been mentioned as a possible secretary of defense, told a meeting of the Overseas Writers Club, "It occurs to me that the defense of the country is the first priority ... and therefore in ordering national priorities we have to determine those that are low on the scale. "We can make substantial economies in domestic spending. This administration will make wise, selective cuts in domestic spending," he said. Tower said top priority will be given to rebuilding the Navy, increasing pay and benefits for non-coms and junior commissioned officers, and insuring the survival of the land-based strategic missile system. Nunn Urges Reagan To Pressure Allies On Defense ! By Andrew J. Glass ComtHutlM Washington Bureau " ' WASHINGTON Sen. Sam Nunn called on the incoming Reagan administration Monday to freeze the U.S. military build-up in Europe unless the NATO partners on the other side of the Atlantic agree to substantially increase their own share of the defense burden. In an interview, Nunn, a Georgia Democrat who is widely regarded as an expert on military affairs, said the United States would be better off putting additional defense dollars into such needed tasks as an improved air and sealift capability for rapid deployment of forces if the NATO countries do not change their current contribution formulas. He listed as one of the top priorities facing President-elect Ronald Reagan "the need to mount a serious and frank effort behind the scenes to get the European allies to build up the fighting ability of NATO." "If they are not willing to do it, we should seriously think of shifting away from a land-based commitment to NATO to a sea-based and air-based ability to shift resources around the world," Nunn said. In a 1977 meeting in London attended by President Carter, NATO members agreed to in crease their NATO-related defense spending, after . accounting for inflation, by 3 percent a year. Nunn acknowledged that the Atlantic alliance "has done well" in meeting the 3 percent target in the face of domestic economic strains in a bid to meet the increasingly powerful strategic and conventional weapons being deployed by the . Soviet Union. I But Nunn argued it was still not enough.' Reagan's coming problems in getting the Europeans to pay more for the upkeep of troops and the procurement of equipment might be eased if the nation moved toward a military draft, including some form of national service, Nunn argued "The Europeans are calling for a different form of sacrifice conscription," the senator said. "But America is not willing to make the sacrifice. Europeans point that out and they are correct in - "that v. - Most West European countries still rely on the draft to meet their military manpower needs. That enables these countries to keep the cost of manpower well below US. levels, which are now headed toward 60 percent of the overall Pentagon budget Had Carter been reflected, Nunn predicted, he would have had to deal quickly with the "reality of ' the manpower situation" by opting for a peacetime draft within the next 12 to 18 months. Reagan campaigned not only against such a : draft but also against registration of draft-age men, which, Carter instituted last January. - Nunn said there was no chance of the newly elected Congress approving a draft bill If there were, he suggested, he would introduce one. The draft is needed, he said, because the reserves are dropping in quality, because the skills of volunteer fighting men are far too low and continuing to deteriorate, and because the morale of the forces has eroded in the face of strong pressures from above to keep reenlistment rates up. Moreover, Nunn said, conscription would be "good for the society." "The decision-makers of the next generation, drawn from the middle-class, will have never served in the military," Nunn said. That poses an increased danger of the unwise use of the military." Furthermore, some Army combat divisions are currently composed as as many as 60 percent blacks and Hispanics, Nunn noted. "What will be said if there's a war and 50 to 60 percent of the bodies coming back are from minority groups?" Nunn wondered. . MGM Grand Hotel Ignored Hose Order ' From Prist DltpitchM LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Fire officials repeatedly ordered the MGM Grand Hotel to install fire hoses in the 1,200-seat hotel showroom, but the resort ignored the demand for more than two years, county records disclosed Monday. The records revealed that hotel officials repeatedly Stinted out that such measures were not required under exist-g regulations. - Shortly after the gambling resort opened in December 187J the Clark County Fire Department began a series of inspections in the Celebrity Theater showroom, where superstar entertainers frequently played to large audiences. . Although county fire safety codes required two fire hoses to be installed in the showroom, the hotel installed only one, records showed Assistant Chief James Barrett notified the hotel four times in 2tt years that it must install the second hose. ' "As this is the fourth time the discrepancy has been noticed your immediate action is required in correcting this discrepancy," Barrett wrote in a letter dated Dec 2, 1976. . Three months after the hotel opened it was notified of the hose violation. One month later the fire department noted the hose still had not been installed More recently, fire officials recommended that a sprinkler system be installed throughout the hotel, but hotel officials responded that the resort would not upgrade its fire-prevention system because it was not legally required to do so. In June, Barrett wrote a final letter to the MGM Grand noting the hotel had corrected only 20 percent of the violations that fire department inspectors had found two months earlier. County records contain no response from MGM Grand officials to several other fire department recommendations. Meanwhile, searchers using Jackhammers and blowtorches discovered no more bodies after opening the three elevators that they had feared were tombs for several more victims. ' The economic impact of the fire was beginning to be felt Monday as thousands of laid-off hotel employees filed for unemployment benefits, and the company's stock tumbled to $9 a share after Friday's late drop from $13 to $10. The temporary closing of the casino will also cost the state heavily in tax revenues. State gaming officials said the casino pays nearly $1 million every three months in gambling tax revenue. THE S0UTIPS LARGEST FULL LR1E DEALER FOR Syft jjJr J i -3 -. ' W fc: . I W . FANTASTIC GIFT SELECTION (fep ATALLSHOPPESOF ( ,,A ' ' f ANO MUSIC SOXES (CUMBERLAND NORTHLAKE J SUUTrllAKt & PtKIMt I tK MAllo LIB OAEJ TABLE & 4 CHAIR SET 1 to. AmwiM $01095 UNFINISHED Our Best Table! 48" Round. 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