Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-10-211
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INSIDE TODAY NEWS 1-3 EDITORIALS 4-5 FEATURES 6-9 SPORTS 10-11 WEBER STATE COLLEGE bJUl LnJ r o 5 HU L OGDEN UTAH Volume 41. Issue 7 October 21 O LT" - 1 Jarvis Sounds t ' ' Pt' ' ' ' ' I I vV mJ f if .--! L -' V , - ; jl ' jj Howard Jarvis speaks out on freedom, inflation, and tax reform at Thursday's Convocation. Halloween, Religious Origins Halloween, with its customs of dressing up, trick or treating, and playing pranks, actually comes from an ancient pagan festival called Samhain. It was practiced by the Celts in France and the British Isles, centuries before the dawn of the Christian era in the eighth century. This holiday was the Celt's New Year's Eve. The Celts, whose religion was Druidism, were nature worshippers, and on this night they gathered together and performed ceremonies to the great sun god at such places as Chartes, France and Stonehedge in England. It was believed that the Lord of Death let the spirits of people who had died that year, return to their homes for a few hours. To frighten the evil spirits away, people would build great bonfires on the hilltops. Young boys, in preparation, would go begging materials for the fire. From this our custom of trick or treating was born. The people would dance and sing around the bonfires, pretending they were being chased by evil spirits, and talked of strange things they had en countered during the year Our custom of telling ghost stories was started this way. In some places today. Samhain is still celebrated. In America, the members of the religion known as Wicca, still celebrate it. It is their New Year's Eve. and they still meet to honor the dead. Part of the ritual is very solemn, as one would expect when dealing with long departed relatives. They meet at night, if possible outside. they build a bonfire, and sing or dance around it. They cast a "Circle of Power", in which they raise energy to perform healings, or whatever they might need. The purpose of the meeting is not onlv to honor the dead, but to renew their psychic powers and to welcome in the com ing year. Off , Tax Reforms by Bryan Shifter "Elected officials will not save our freedom, the American people must save it. "Property, according to Howard Jarvis, well known advocate of tax reform," is the key to personnal freedom." Jarvis, who gained national recognition as coauthor of Proposition 13, which cut property taxes in California drastically, spoke inthe Union Ballroom Thursday in support of initiative 'B' which will appear on the Utah ballot in November. The initiative would limit taxes on real property to one percent of market value; establish 1977 county assessor's valuation as market value, and limit annual inflationary increase in market value to two percent. "If initiative B does not pass, Utah residents can expect a 100 percent increase in their property taxes next year," said Jarvis. Hansen Campaigns on by Michael Bouy Jim Hansen, addressing Weber State students in the weekly discussion series sponsored by the Current Events Committee, gave opponent Gunn Mckay a strong verbal lashing and spoke out against the increasing budget deficit. Hansen, the Republican candidate for the first congressional district, said "Gunn Mckay is one of the nicest people I've ever met, but we don't need him for another term in congress. Since Mckay has been in congress, the budget deficit has gone up 14 times." "Mckay has compared the budget to buying groceries-saying you have to pay for what you buy. I say he bought a lot of junk food. The greatest proliferation in government is Congress." Hansen spoke out against federal aid given to Chrysler and New York, "The federal government is growing daily. It has a hand in eve ry thing. Everytime we turn around Jarvis blamed the country's high inflationary rate on high taxes and the excess printing of money by the federal government. "Government takes money through high taxes and prevents private investment. A reduction in taxes increases the amount of money people have to spend in the market place and in turn increases productivity and jobs, "said Jarvis. He added that because of a high tax situation investors are putting their money into tax shelters that are not productive for the economy. According to Jarvis. Utahns will see some cutbacks in state jobs and government services if 'B passes but after a year the state's economy will become stronger. Jarvis appealed to Weber State students saying. "The decision is yours whether to live in freedom or to live under a tax system that is a new department is being created, and each time it costs more than Utah's total budget. With the extent of the national debt, every American now owes $4000." "Governor Reagan advocates the elimination of the department of energy, and turning the EPA over to state control," said Hansen, "I strongly support him. The EPA has grown 941 percent in the past ten years. The tar sands bill was stopped to protect the little Squaw Fish, the same happened with the Kaparowitz Plateau Project. We need to turn more control over to the state, county, and local governments." Hansen said the United States is in a second rate position to the USSR in military strength. Hansen added, "Mckay said that if everyone cut their departments like he cut the military appropriations, we'd have a balanced budget. I say McKay cut the wrong corners. The taking away this freedom." Property tax reform legislation, according to Jarvis, has been passed in four states and will be on the ballot in five states this November. Commenting on the American economic system Jarvis said, "In the last 250 years this country has produced more goi.ds and services than were produced in prior 10,000 years. We have a great economic system and we should attempt to sell it to ourselves and to our neighbors." He commended the people of Utah for their perseverance and said that the people of Utah truly have a say in government. Jarvis added that he is glad to be back in Utah and has fond memories of his early years spent in Magna. Campus U.S. is finding itself in more and more of a second rate position." "The MX is part of Carter's push to get SALT II ratified," said Hansen. "SALT II is tentamount to surrender if we go with the Soviet demands Carter has agreed to." On the MX, Hansen said we should go with a vertical silo system, with an antiballistic missile system backup. "This was the military's recoinendation, but Carter, asCommander-in-Chief wanted the race track system. Money wise, this is the largest single project Utah's seen. All the money will be invested in concrete, hutches, and racetrack, and we'll only be throwing 20 percent of what we spend back at the enemy. An alternate would be a submarine based mis-sle system. It would accomplish the same purpose of hiding our missies; they could hide anywhere in any ocean in the world."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-10-21, Vol. 41, No. 7|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|