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Letter writer plagiarizes text

On Oct. 14 The Union printed a rather long letter from a Loraine Webb which contained a number of strident assertions. Ms. Webb plagiarized her paragraph entitled “We bring good things to life” from the following Web site:



That Web site is the June 26, 2002, edition of The Marxist Leninist Daily. Ms. Webb stole three paragraphs from that Web page, 100 percent verbatim, and made them one paragraph in her letter.

Ms. Webb lifted her bit about Carlyle Group word for word from an essay by Arundhati Roy, which can be found here:




The piece originally appeared in the UK Guardian on Oct. 23, 2001. Ms. Roy is a well-known socialist activist.

Ms. Webb owes an apology to The Union’s readers, its staff, and most of all to the original authors of the work she appropriated.

It’s quite ironic that in a letter about dishonesty and shady dealings, the letter’s content is stolen.

Kieran Lyons

Smartville


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