To the editor:

The ACLU of Utah heartily endorses the Desert News' call for a Utah Taxpayers Bill of Rights (Oct. 15).The ACLU was in the forefront of the struggle to pass a national Taxpayers Bill of Rights to curb abuses by the Internal Revenue Service, and we feel Utah taxpayers should be protected by the same guarantees of due process of law before confiscation of property, right to legal counsel, the rights to appeal and the deeply American presumption that one is innocent until proven guilty. In short, we support basic fairness.

Michele A. Parish-Pixler

Executive director

American Civil Liberties Union of Utah