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Published: Thursday, Oct. 28 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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ECR
Burke, VA

Mr. Nelson - I no longer live in Utah but I follow the events happening there through various media including the Dseret News. Your letter indicates that you have seen nothing untoward in the persoinality or personal conduct of Goverbnor Herbet. I'm certain you are correct in your assessment. But your insinuation that out-of-state construction projects are somehow inefficient simply because your observations seems to point to an inefficient work process is troubling. Add to that your dismissal of those who are seemingly still waiting for a credible answer to question "Why was a losing bidder on the highway project paid $13 million?" and I wonder what the value of your assessment is as it relates to the governor's fitness for office. Until the question is respectfully and honestly answered, the issue remains important.

Furry1993
Somewhere in Utah, UT

The letter writer said "I have never known of even one issue where I suspected he was being anything less than honorable." The letter writer needs to open his eyes, and see exactly what Herbert has done. If the letter writer is an honorable person, he will then change his opinion.

42istheanswer
SLC, UT

Members of the church are told to avoid even the appearance of evil. Herbert's whole argument has been that it only looks bad.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Since when is being a nice neighbor evidence of being honorable?

Since when does the State of Utah pay millions in hush-money to disgruntled losing bidders on state contracts?

Since when is it OK for a governor to say, "A $13 million payoff? I just didn't know anything about it."

This is beyond ridiculous.

Question
Cottonwood Heights, UT

42istheanswer,

It only appears evil if you WANT it to appear evil.

His political opposition WANTS people to think it's evil (sans audit). Why didn't Corroon ask for an audit earlier so we have results before_the_election? Too slow for being used for political_advantage?




You may be shocked but stuff like this happens sometimes. UDOT has to write_checks to keep projects moving sometimes.

It costs more to put projects on hold while the case plays out in court (the Legacy_Highway and the Mitchel trial are examples of how long cases can be drawn out in court).

UDOT runs into natural and man_made obstructions when doing their massive projects, and it sometimes takes money to remove obstruction so they can proceed. Be it a huge boulder where the road needs to be, or homes too close to the road, noise_issues, or law_suits... they sometimes have to write_checks to remove the obstacle.



They would have spent more on lawyers, delays (they must pay the winning contractor to put his people and equipment on hold), and higher construction costs, if they decide to take the court route.

Sans investigation results... its ony evil if you WANT it to look evil.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Raising money by working a list of State vendors and bidders is honorable? Well OK we live in a world of grey, how about "questionable"? If so why is bringing it up negative campaigning?

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

"Honorable?" That does not a good Governor make, by itself, even if it were true.

I want an well educated and worldly man at the helm of our state.

Mr. Corroon has 3 degrees, including in real estate finance and law. He understands how the big business of the real world works.

Mr. Herbert "attended BYU".

Make your own choice.

Question
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Grover | 9:30 a.m.

In my mind... it isn't negative campaigning to bring stuff like the UDOT payment up.

The ABSOLUTLY LOONY and NEGATIVE bunk is... the leap of logic Corroon's commercial made to... "Herbert wants to hurt your CHILDREN most"... "Herbert wants to TAKE from your children to take care of his rich friends"... etc.


That money in the UDOT bugdet had ZERO possibility of being used for Education!!! Whether UDOT paid it to a contractor or not! Do you get that?

That's the misleading and INTENTIONALLY false assumption this commercial is intended to give viewers/voters.

THAT is the negative and mis-information part of the Corroon comercial I object to.

42istheanswer
SLC, UT

Question, while the $13 million does definately appear bad, it is more Herbert's propensity of taking money from state vendors etc. & their magically having obstacles removed. But if $13 million in hush money, & taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who conduct questionable business with the state doesn't at least appear evil, I'm not certain anything will to his supporters.

The Dude Abides
Salt Lake City, UT

Since you're his bishop, we'll take you at his work that Gov. Herbert is honorable. I have broken bread with the man and agree: he's an honorable man. (So's Corroon.)

However, the accusation regarding the $13 million payout isn't regarding Herbert's honor. If Herbert knew about it, which he claims not to have known, it might.

The fact that he didn't know indicates ineptness, not dishonor.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Question: I get it that funds dedicated to one State budget doesn't usually end up in the budget of another department AND I get it that Corroon is not an ideal candidate in that he is running stupid ads. Now do you get it that there is something very wrong about a politician who thinks it is business as usual to solicit large contributions from those doing business or hoping to do business with the State?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He may be honorable (I don't really believe that though) but he's not a capable governor. We need Corroon.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The $13 million pay off is a sign that the solicitation process was somewhat flawed or else could have been legally challenged. If anything, what have we learned from this ordeal? Has the Governor's office or DOT taken positive steps to insure that this will not happen again? I sense the Governor is spending too much time to convince us that he was not part of the transaction but is he in fact part of a future solution? Where we go from here? Sounds like he is playing defensive politics.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Great. A letter from his bishop.
How can we trust THAT?

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Here's MY OUTSIDER view.

He's being less than honorable. Herbert is NOT honorable - been much controversy and many questions asked concerning the awarding of the Utah County I-15 road construction bid - fire him - we are tired of RINO GOP's that are interested in money, greed, corruption, above the law, (ignore us common people unless they need your votes), career politician's who will take money from any special interest and say or do anything to keep his hold on power. It's secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG BUSINESS "ONLY" and their deep pocket's.



Like it or not, it's the truth.

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