Editor’s note: This letter to Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter was released to the Times-News for publication.

President Gibralter:


I have recently received your e-mail message where you are encouraging the student body to support Gov. O’Malley’s tax increases as a way to fund higher education. I respectfully submit that any support for the governor’s tax increases, though profitable to higher education, is shortsighted for soon-to-be graduates like myself.

As corporations are taxed further and further, their bottom lines shrink. As you know, there are two resulting problems that occur from this. First, consumers are asked to pay increased prices for the same amount of goods that they once enjoyed at a much lower rate. Secondly, corporations may not be in a position to hire due to decreased products. As these two things come together, it produces a double whammy for the college student and even more as the student is preparing to enter the workforce.

I also do not agree with your prompting for students to voice their support to elected officials with the threat of tuition increases. I have enjoyed my time at Frostburg State University. It has provided me with a number of great opportunities and life lessons. However, the greatest thing that I will take from Frostburg is the ability to think for myself. I have not been coerced to think in a particular manner. I am grateful for that thus far.

In short, thank you for keeping the student body informed of the goings on in the General Assembly. I respectfully disagree with your message to the student body for the reasons above.

Christa McGee

Class of 2008

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