Protesting the Tax Bill

To the editor:

Today, we gather here to make a stand. To tell our leaders that we are an essential part of this country’s future. They will say on TV and in the news, 50 or 100 or 200 people gathered make sure that our tuition remains subsidized.

But tomorrow, where do we go tomorrow?

Tomorrow we go out into the community. We demonstrate our value to the citizens of this country. We thank the hardworking people who invest in our education through their taxes. We have a responsibility to be a good investment.

Why are we under attack?

If you don’t have any idea, this is a good time to evaluate our reputation and our contribution. We know that the costs associated with attending classes put millions of young people in crippling debt. We know that the cost of University research is too high.

Administrators, faculty and staff need to work not only to bring in revenue, but to drive down cost. Our research dollars are not free. That money came from Blue collar and white collar laborers. We need to demonstrate our value to them.

Agriculture is not threatened by this bill, Defense spending is not threatened, Pharmaceutical companies are safe. The public recognizes what those sectors do and the public defends those investments.

Effectively this tax bill will discourage the best and brightest students, from participating in academic discourse. Who do not have a financial support network. When you go home for the Holidays and your parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles ask about your time here, don’t just complain about finances.

Tell them about the amazing research your friend does, tell them about the personal growth that happens in the laboratory and classroom; innovation and insight that cannot happen anywhere else.

Tell them about how you will be able to give back to the community with the skills and knowledge you have acquired here.

Today, we stand up for the arts and sciences. We know that we can make the world a better place. We are dedicated to making the world a better place.

And there is no level of funding or attack on our vocation that can break this union of scholars apart.