Printed letters, July 21, 2010

Voters still have full confidence in McInnis

As a new voter and fairly conservative college student, I am glad to see that Scott McInnis is going full steam ahead with his campaign. He should. There is no reason for him to bow out when the going gets tough. If anything it speaks to his credit as a leader.

He obviously made a mistake, but he has shown that he can take responsibility for it. He can move on and focus on more important issues, like how he is going to help Colorado bounce back from this financial crisis we are in and get people back to work — which is a concern for me since I want to work in Colorado!

The sad part is GOP officials shooting themselves in the foot with this talk of “replacement” after the primaries. They need to just take a few deep breaths and weather the storm. Scott is at the helm and I know I am not the only one who still has full confidence in his ability to lead Colorado.

ABBEY BARNES

Grand Junction

Plagiarism is wrong for professors or politicians

The plagiarism charge that is affecting the Republican candidate for Colorado governor, Scott McInnis, also was attributed to Professor Ward Churchill. The University of Colorado called it “research misconduct” and fired him. A jury found he was wrongly fired and the case is being appealed.

Plagiarism is an act of cheating and the theft of intellectual property and it speaks to the character of the person and his integrity. Plagiarism is plain wrong, if you are a professor or politician.

ALFONSO SALAZAR Fruitvale

Attacks on McInnis appear to be a plot

Seems like everyone wants to get on the bandwagon and put Scott McInnis down for a so-called plagiarism some five years ago. Isn’t it amazing how this information suddenly crops up after all this time now that Mr. McInnis is doing so well in the polls? You have to wonder if the people who are against him running weren’t waiting until the right moment to release this information? Do I smell a plot?

Even if there was a small part of the report he did that might have been plagiarized, so what? We are not talking about an author here getting the Pulitzer prize for journalism, just a man trying to help the people of Colorado have some good government for a change.

Let’s talk about who would like to see Mr. McInnis fail. The Democrats for one, all the people who backed other Republican candidates and anyone with a grudge.

We will always have the backstabbers and little people who want to see McInnis fail, but the good people who are willing to put it on the line to help other people and serve the public are few and far between.

Keep up the good work and don’t let your opponents scare you off.

RICHARD GERHARDT Fruitvale

McInnis chooses to ignore moral issues of his case

I had hoped Scott McInnis would go quietly — after admitting to something and offering some sort of apology — in the plagiarism scandal. Plagiarism, beyond cheating, is taking something that belongs to someone else and claiming it as your own. Unfortunately, we have had too many politicians who treat themselves to the money of others.

In the course of McInnis’ plagiarism, it would seem that he also took $300,000 for work that he did not do. And, according to reports in The Daily Sentinel, his campaign tried to get a third party to take the fall in the form of a mea culpa letter. His lawyerly attempts to dissemble are Clintonesque.

These are not single peccadilloes. It was not long ago that McInnis was the subject of unfavorable reporting for abusing his campaign funds after he decided not to seek re-election in 2004. He was named along with Congressman Tom DeLay of Texas in this unsavory business. The issue: He paid his wife $145,000 out of campaign funds. This was a complaint brought before the Federal Election Commission, but it was considered a low priority compared to other violations.

It saddens me that McInnis chooses not to see the moral aspects of these errors. If he were a cadet at the Air Force Academy, he would be subject to dismissal for having violated the Cadet Honor Code. It will indeed be an unfortunate end to a career in which, as a young congressman, he slept on a cot in his office as a sign of his frugality and identity with the taxpayers.

STEPHEN M. DAVIS

Grand Junction

Sentinel should demand Biden’s resignation also

The Daily Sentinel’s editorial outrage over the discovery that Scott McInnis has been charged with the most heinous of all transgressions, plagiarism, is certainly understandable. And the Sentinel’s demand that he immediately withdraw from the governor’s race was swift and decisive. After all, how could any one serve in this high office with this stain on his record.

I applaud the Sentinel for its high standards and pursuit of morality for all our elected officials.

Being the “fair and balanced” unbiased source of public opinion that you are, I can’t wait for you to apply the same standard to our sitting vice-president, Joe Biden, who also has been exposed as a plagiarist, and demand his immediate resignation.

JACK HOUSEMAN

Grand Junction

Public does care about candidate’s plagiarism

The plagiarism Scott McInnis first said is a non-issue is clearly dishonest and unethical. You get kicked out of college for stealing other people’s work. Why should real life be any different?

How can he possibly think that “(Colorado) Voters don’t really care about this issue”? I don’t want a liar, thief, impostor or whatever politically correct term McInnis calls himself (e.g. “innocent. It was someone else’s fault because I didn’t write the document. I just took the money, and now that I’ve been caught I’d gladly give it back.”) representing me.

McInnis could learn something from the following quote: “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” – Dennis Janson.

Sure, if elected he might be able to deregulate for the gas and oil monopolies and indirectly create some jobs, but the ultimate cost is negative impact to the precious Colorado ecology and American self-sustainability.

SCOTT WEGS

Grand Junction

Sentinel editorial position will not change this vote

It seems the editorial board at The Daily Sentinel has conveniently forgotten one of the most famous plagiarists of all, Joe Biden, who is now vice president of the United States.

Did I read this correctly? The Daily Sentinel will not continue its anticipated support of Scott McInnis for governor. This reminds me of a petulant child: If you don’t play by my rules, I am going to take my toys and go home.

Scott McInnis has done the honorable thing in deciding to return the $300,000 to the Hasan Foundation, and he has taken responsibility for his actions. He is the best candidate to be the next governor of our fair state.

Whether The Daily Sentinel endorses Mr. McInnis or not, he will still get my vote in November.

JANET BLACKMAN

Grand Junction

What did foundation seek from Scott McInnis?

One has to wonder what the Hasan Family Foundation thought it was buying when it paid Scott McInnis the whopping fee of $300,000 to pen a series of essays, “Musings on Water.”

There must be a number of legitimate experts on Colorado water law who would have been delighted to write such a book for a fraction of that amount. Of course, none of them had an eye toward running for governor some day.

Is it possible that the foundation has known for some time that some of these essays were lifted from other sources but only decided to make it an issue and retrieve the money when recent poll numbers made McInnis look increasingly like a long shot to win the upcoming election?

In any event, this fiasco will serve to remind us, whenever driving by the signs announcing McInnis Canyons why it is a good idea to wait until someone has “shuffled off this mortal coil” before bestowing that person’s name on a local landmark.

JOHN WOODRUFF Grand Junction



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