Printed letters, July 20, 2010

Maes not celebrating Scott McInnis’ troubles

Republican Dan Maes declared his candidacy for governor in March 2009. When Scott McInnis entered the race, he called Maes, strongly encouraging him to step down in deference to a man with name recognition and a well-funded war chest. Maes staunchly refused and vowed that his strategy for victory would be connecting with the people of Colorado.

In October 2009, Maes and McInnis both promised to conduct their campaigns with honor and dignity and without maligning their opponents. Unfortunately, Maes has already taken his share of “friendly fire” from recognized McInnis supporters. Throughout the recent ordeal, Gentleman Dan conducted himself with professionalism and restraint. He took full responsibility for the mistakes made by others, never pointing fingers or naming names.

The Maes campaign is not celebrating the troubles McInnis encountered this week because they are an early indicator of the Dems’ “take no prisoners” approach to politics, and a sad commentary on how quickly Republicans scatter when the squeeze is on.

Dan Maes is the top-line gubernatorial candidate on the Republican primary ballot. He earned that position with old-fashion shoe leather, visiting every corner of this state to better understand Coloradans and their local issues. Dan continues to attract loyal supporters because of his ready availability and genuine personality.

Maes’ Republican challenger is a formidable opponent, but Dan is a proven business leader with the skills to lead Colorado into true economic recovery. This “David” will not shrink from the “Goliath” awaiting him in the general election, and will make you proud that you cast your vote for the right man, at the right time, for the right reasons.

CARLA JOHNSON Mesa County Chair Dan Maes for Governor Grand Junction

McInnis has been victim of a hit job

I am glad to see Scott McInnis staying in the race for governor. He is a strong candidate and is the best choice for Colorado. This is the only “dirt” that anyone has on him.

Get back to the issues and you will remember why he is leading in the polls and why independents and moderates embrace him. He’s going to be stronger than ever after Aug. 11 and everyone will see that this was just a hit job to get him to lose the primary.

JENN BENDER

Centennial

Plagiarism cannot be dismissed as frivolous

Plagiarism is a serious accusation and must not be taken lightly. A person who blatantly steals the professional wordsmithing of another, claiming it as their own, is not only a thief but a liar. What is even more disturbing is the fact that McInnis, against whom these horrific allegations are alleged, is an attorney.

Attorneys must be held to a higher standard when it comes to upholding the law. This is the profession that acts in the defense of persons who have been victimized or as the prosecutor of persons accused of such acts. Can one who knowingly breaks the law expect to ever be trusted again?

What is even more troubling is the fact that the researcher, Rolly Fischer, whom McInnis blames for the plagiarism, states that “Mr. McInnis was responsible for it.” If you receive money for a contracted job and your name is the primary author, you are the responsible party.

Having acted as a stakeholder and final reviewer for cancer-research grant applications at the national level, I know firsthand the importance of author ethics when submitting a proposal. Honesty is the “cardinal rule,” and violations result not only in denial of funding but sanctions against the university where the scientist works.

These allegations are serious and should not be dismissed as frivolous.

RUTH Y. MICHELS

Grand Junction



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