Printed letters, July 28, 2010
Now that voting has begun, Scott McInnis is facing a problem with plagiarism. Plagiarism can be serious or a simple mistake. Which is it here? The fact that it is coming out now certainly should raise serious doubts about the motivation for this disclosure.
The only information I have on this issue is what I have read in The Daily Sentinel. Seems it occurred in a report commissioned by a private foundation. I don’t think tax-exempt family foundations can pay for lobbyists, so this is another way of providing funding to a former congressman who they think can be helpful to them. Why the falling out? I don’t know.
What I do know is we need to do a better job of setting priorities in November. We need Scott McInnis as our governor. I trust that his focus will be jobs and fiscal responsibility. We need to keep our focus and not be distracted by last-minute political cheap shots.
On the Western Slope, we know the real Scott McInnis. He is a decent and honest guy. Attacking his positions on issues is acceptable. Attacks on his character stink. We should trust our judgment, based on what we have seen for ourselves over many years.
Blaming someone else is not ‘full responsibility’
I’m an independent. I vote for the person, not the party. What I see with Scott McInnis is this: When you mess up in your campaign, come clean and take full responsibility.
What speaks volumes in this situation is not what he said, but what he did. He says he’s taking full responsibility, but he brings up the gentleman who did the research and blames him in the same breath. This shows me McInnis wouldn’t take full responsibility, but put someone else at fault.
The man took $300,000 for something he didn’t take the time to even check well enough to find the mistake before he sent it in. This is not a man of integrity. This is a man who will say anything to save his job.
I’m tired of politicians who talk out of the side of their mouths just to be elected. I want true and moral people in office, not ones who will put someone else out to dry to serve their own gain. That is not honorable for any reason.
Don’t allow the media to make voting decision
I won’t say plagiarism by Scott McInnis was the right thing or the smart thing to do, but plagiarism is probably committed quite often by politicians.
In the case of Scott McInnis, it was brought to the attention of the public so the news media could once again be a large factor in determining the outcome of another political race for a candidate of their choice.
I hope the people of Colorado will make up their own minds about this political race for the governor of Colorado and not let the media make up their minds for them.
Money paid to McInnis may be more serious issue
Much has been written recently about the plagiarism by Scott McInnis. But, besides the cowardly nature of such conduct, the real issue here, and one I do not see much furor over, is the payment for the plagiarized articles.
He received $300,000 for some articles on water? Come on folks, this smells suspiciously like a thinly veiled attempt to circumvent campaign contribution laws. Let’s follow that money and see where it leads.
STEVE TRAUDT Grand Junction
Mesa County leads way in local conservation
Thanks to all the great local groups and individuals who have come together to promote youth involvement on public lands this summer.
Friends of McInnis Canyons, the Colorado Environmental Coalition, Gateway Canyons Resort, the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, the Tamarisk Coalition and dozens of individual community members, in collaboration with land-managing agencies, have created special opportunities for young people in Mesa County to learn about our public lands.
With the recent interest in America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, land managers and politicians focusing on reconnecting Americans to the outdoors and western Colorado’s abundance of public lands, it’s great to see our local community has already taken action and is setting the national standard in promoting community-based recreation and conservation.
I look forward to the future, knowing there will always be great citizens taking care of our public lands here.
Public Lands Volunteer Coordinator Western Colorado Conservation Corps