To the editor:

In your paper on Aug. 31, you published a letter to the editor under the title of "College Leaders Misuse Position" from Greg Beesley of the Tax Limitation Coalition. Mr. Beesley made strong statements which were not factual, but never identified the source of his information. Unfortunately, people tend to believe published statements as being factual. This is not always true.I attended the teleconference referred to in the article in which President Stanford Cazier of Utah State University supposedly urged the Extension agents to work against the tax initiatives. What, in fact, President Cazier did, was to inform the agents what effects the tax initiatives, if passed, would have on extension and higher education. He cautioned us about becoming excessively involved because of the perception of the public. He said that if we gave out any information we were to make sure it was factual. It is a normal and expected role for any administrator to keep their employees informed of potential changes that could drastically alter their way of doing business.

Let's demand factual information on which to base our decisions. If there is fat in education and government, let's have someone point out where the fat is and give evidence to show it. Having worked in extension for the past 14 years and administered county budgets dealing with extension, I know that any cut in funding will have to reduce the service to the public. We account to the county commission in each county each year as to how and for what we spend the fund they appropriate for our use. We try to give them a good measure of effort and service for their money. We also have to account to Utah State University monthly for our time and programs as the University attempts to monitor our effectiveness and diligence in serving you the public.

Joseph Austin

Extension agent, Utah's Southwest District