Plagiarism is a major offense

07/27/2014 11:07 AM

07/25/2014 9:29 AM

Re "Montana senator's thesis presented others' work as his" (Nation/World, July 24): As a professor, I can tell you that plagiarism is no small matter. It is often just cause for academic dismissal. This is because it is theft, like laundering money or stealing a car or patenting someone else's invention. When someone benefits from plagiarism the way Sen. John Walsh has, that theft has grand monetary and social consequences that should be treated under the law as felonies.

If we can send a politician to jail for not living in the locale he represents, then we should send a man to jail for stealing the ideas of others for personal gain. At the very least, Walsh should be made to resign his office, return all the property he netted as a result of "his" master's thesis and have his degree voided. Anything less would tell our society that it is OK to steal the property of others.

-- Steve Cirrone, Sacramento

Editor's Choice Videos


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service