Recently I was asked by a young law student, "Aren't most of the legislators the product of public schools?"

I responded that I thought they were.

He then asked, "So why are they trying to destroy public education?"

Many legislators might argue that they are not doing that, yet there is the perception that they are. Poll after poll has shown that a strong majority of the people want the bulk of this year's so-called surplus to go to education. To date the Education Appropriation Committee has only prioritized $77 million for schools, yet the Transportation Committee has prioritized $200 million for road construction. Tax cuts that people say they don't want keep increasing in number and in dollar amounts.

I guess perception is reality in Utah.

Dave Van Langeveld

Salt Lake City