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I PACE 4 THE THUNDERBIRD MONDAY JANUARY 11, 1988 ROLLBACK OPPOSITION SHOULD BE VOICED 5 o Once again, tax time is rolling around, and everyone in the state is feeling the squeeze. After last year's record tax increase, Utahns are crying out "No More!" In response to the public demands, government officials have introduced the Tax Rollback Initiative, which, if passed, would have a devastating effect on the state's higher education program. The proposed tax rollback means cutting up to $40 million from Utah's colleges and universities, possibly resulting in the loss of entire institutions, including SUSC. If all Utah colleges were closed, even the two remaining universities would have to operate only in part, as major cuts would dissolve entire programs and departments within the universities. If Utah loses its higher education, there will be an absolutely devastating effect on the state as a whole. During the next 45 days, the Utah State Legislature will be in session, examining and debating the year's budget. Tax protestors have voiced a strong opinion against tax hikes that will be taken into consideration. Only 67,000 signatures are needed to bring the rollback to the polls, while protestors are confident of receiving more than 200,000 supporters. It's frightening that a state with so much emphasis on education would consider such drastic measures in budget cuts. The main reason so much support has gone toward this initiative is the fear of higher taxes. No one wants to pay more tax money in an already tight economy, but thousands of Utahns are petitions without understanding what they signing are supporting. It is crucial to understand that more is at stake than more or less taxes. Diogenes' statement, "The foundation of every state is the education of its youth," will be as meaningless as the future of Utah if the proposed rollback is passed. As students, we feel the economic belt tightening more than ever before. With increasing tuition and fees, along with the price of books and housing costs, it's almost unrealistic to face another tax increase. Yet, without our support in fighting the tax rollback initiative, our sacrifices, thus far, toward education could be taken away in an instant. Students must understand the importance of this issue, and take into mind the magnitude of a $40 million cutback before signing tax protesters' petitions. SUSC students should be aware of the reality of the rollback initiative and give an informed opinion against the proposal. Last year, when facing a similar problem, students participated in petitions and activities that were held promoting letters to government officials. The Ihunderbird feels students should show the same concern and become active in opposing the rollback. A strong student voice could help preserve Utah education. How bout we take just a utile ftopi off the to?? pro-rollba- It's true: Only the good die young 'Access' is a recurring column through which members of the campus community may address themselves to topics of concern andor interest. This week's column is by KRIS JOHNSON who is a senior maoring in psychology and club president for the Society of Professional lournalists. Just being a human being is stressful. All people need to getaway from the demands of everyday life at one time or another. Some people go on long vacations, some abuse drugs and some kill themselves. Everyday we make the choice to live or die. It's our dec ision. It's our option. We can take our lives at any given time. had a friend that needed to escape from life, yet he had nowhere to go, so he chose to take his life. Marty Harris was one of the first people met when came to SUSC four years ago. We lived in the same apartment complex my first two years here, and we were both psychology majors and foreign language minors. I VOLUME 82, NUMBER 13 Editor Danny Stewart Associate Editor Lisa jane Laird Copy Editor Mitch Connell Photo Editor Richard Engleman Sports Editor Tittame Florence Entertainment Editor Dawn DeBusk Senior Staff Writer Nicole Bonham Production Manager Gavin McNeil Advertising Manager Lynn S Dennett Faculty Adviser Larry Baker The Thunderbtrd is published each Monday ot the academic vear bv and tor the student body of Southern Utah State College and is not aftiliatcd w ith the College s department of communication The views and opinions expressed in The Thunderbird are the opinions of the pubhcation's individual writers and do not necessarily retlect the views ol the institution, fac ulty, staff or student bod in general The unsigned editorial directlv above The of the Ihunderbird a s a single entity Letters to the editor must be typed is opinion and include the name and phone number Only the name will be printed Names will not te withheld under any circumstances and the editor reserves editing privileges Letters must be submitted by noon Friday tor inclusion in the following week s edition. Thp Ihunderbird editorial and advertising offices in SUSC Library 103 Mail at SUSC Box 7758 9184. Cedar City, UT 8472Q. Phone (801) There are a lot of people who knew Marty. Some knew him well and others didn't. Since Marty's death, have heard all kinds of outrageous rumors about him, mostly from people who didn't know him. Anyone who truly knew him could probably understand the circumstances that revolved around his death. Marty was always an o''erachiPver. Marty put SUSC on the map last sprirg when he took first place in the nation in poetry interpretation at the National Individuals Events Toi.rnament. Just two weeks ago, he returned from top performances at two forensics tournaments held in southern California putting SUSC on the map once again. He had won a myriad of awards. His apartment was stocked with trophies and prizes he had picked up at past tournaments. Since Marty was a little boy, he was always extremely gifted and talented. His parents referred to him as their golden child. Marty sarcastically said he was a favorite among the gods, he could do no wrong. Marty was actively involved in student government his first three years at SUSC. He had also earned a 3.8 grade point average and was the president of Alpha Chi, the SUSC honors club. He was a class officer all throughout high school. He was selected to become a cadet at the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy, but transferred to SUSC because of its reputable forensics program. He performed in some of SUSC's plays, with A Chorus Line being his most memorable performance. He spoke Spanish and French fluently. He had some pretty high goals and expectations set for himself. Some of these goals were just barely within hands reach, yet for Marty, who was always a perfectionist, they probably seemed like miles away. We as humans are not massive pillars of strength. We all have our problems, and we need to know that there is always someone that we can turn to who will listen and understand. It's sad Marty didn't turn to anyone when there were so many people who cared about him. Instead, he internalized and magnified his problems. He was so hard on himself. It's too bad he chose the extreme option of killing himself. He left a lot of hurt people behind. will always remember Marty for the fun person he was. and many others will also always remember that he killed himself. Wherever you are Marty, hope you're finally happy. hope that you found what you were looking I I for.