To the editor:
Richard L. Toyn of Roy, in a letter published in the Deseret News June 28, accuses me of writing an "insulting letter . . . attacking Gordon L. Crabtree, state finance director." Mr. Toyn also wants me to tell him where to make program cuts in the event the tax initiatives are passed by voters in November.Mr. Toyn apparently thinks that pointing out that the state director of finance, in his public opposition to the tax initiatives, was hundreds of millions of dollars off in his figures was insulting. I don't.
I personally think that those public servants who choose to use their position to oppose citizen initiatives ought to be very precise and careful with what they say and do. Unfortunately, Mr. Crabtree was not.
Mr. Toyn seems to have missed the entire point of my previous letter, which was that citizens pay elected and appointed officials to run the government. If the people of the state in their collective wisdom at the polls order a cut in taxes, then it is the job of the government to carry out this wish.
The issue covered by the initiatives is not whether to cut programs, but rather whether or not to cut taxes. The cuts in total would amount to something less than 6 percent of total revenues, not an inconsiderable amount but certainly not "doom," "devastation," and "catastrophe."
Since I am not in a position to make cuts, I suggest that he direct his interest in cuts toward those officials in office who are now recommending cuts largely based on their emotional impact on voters.
My plan remains as it has been since day one of the initiative effort. Let the voters of the state have their way. Many elected officials have found this concept radical and unacceptable, but I don't.
Greg Beesley, Chairman
Tax Limitation Coalition of Utah