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In this year's gubernatorial campaign, Mike Leavitt has relied heavily on endorsements. Aside from the fact that endorsements are a poor substitute for a specific discussion of issues, this kind of reliance on endorsements raises another concern.

When a candidate for executive office relies heavily on endorsements from the legislative branch, as Leavitt has done, it raises a concern that if that candidate is elected, he may be susceptible to undue influence from the legislative branch, and some of the benefits of the separation of powers may be lost.

Thoughtful Republicans should carefully consider which of the two Republican candidates for governor would provide the most independent, innovative and creative approach to the complex problems we face so that we will have the full benefit of separate legislative and executive branches of state government. I believe that the best-informed voters will support Richard Eyre.

Bradley E. Morris

Salt Lake City