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State of the Debate
George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

Updated on Sep 21, 2014 09:21PM

A lot of thoughtfulness about something that’s so close to many people we don’t think about it very much. The family unit.

­— Realit...

Updated on Sep 18, 2014 09:40PM

The first television program I remember watching was Election Night 1960. I’ve been hooked on election coverage ever since.


Updated on Sep 16, 2014 02:21PM

Utah should consider easing sentences on sex offenders — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“ ... Utah’s own sex offenders file shows tha...

Updated on Sep 10, 2014 02:01PM

A Law and Order theme to some of the recent editorials in Western newspapers:

Police officers have to be multi-cultural — Salt Lak...

Updated on Sep 8, 2014 12:38PM

Editorial writers around the West are thinking a lot about law enforcement tactics, modern and, arguably, over the top:

— Police bod...

Updated on Sep 4, 2014 12:06PM

Editorial writers around the West are offering free advice on how to — or, as often, how not to ...

Build a streetcar line:

Updated on Sep 3, 2014 12:39PM

Editorial writers around the West on some of the basics of life. Electricity. Water. Gas. Wilderness. Child care. Iced tea.

— Utah P...

Updated on Sep 2, 2014 01:23PM

Is there not enough alcohol out there? Or too much?

And, either way, shouldn’t there be more public transit for people who might be ...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 11:28AM

UTA still has work to do to gain public trust — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“ ... If UTA cannot demonstrate a better sense for wha...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 01:12PM

Utah should never take a polluter’s word — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“ ... Republican icon Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verif...

Updated on Aug 25, 2014 04:09PM

You never know who will walk through that door — Charles McCollum | Logan Herald-Journal

“Every crazy person in town eventually wi...

Updated on Aug 13, 2014 01:18PM

UDOT would be wise to shelve West Davis highway — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“The Utah Department of Transportation has made a wi...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 01:24PM

There are houses that slide down hills:

Utah law should crack down on unsafe building sites — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Updated on Aug 11, 2014 03:52PM

The good and the bad hide behind religion — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

“ ... Of course, what the law and any religion hav...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 01:32PM

Greater Canyonlands: right idea, wrong method — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“It may be more a question of when than if President O...

Updated on Jul 31, 2014 12:08PM

Here’s why every community should have its own newspaper. News coverage — and editorial commentary — about local stuff.

Skiing. Wate...

Updated on Jul 30, 2014 01:26PM

[Above: A semi-relevant bit from ‘Life of Brian’ — the Pythons’ masterwork.]

Editorials in Wes...

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 12:33PM

While we in Utah look to make limited, practical use of one non-intoxicating form of cannabis, our editorial brethren at The New York Times are going all in on federal ...

Updated on Jul 28, 2014 01:56PM

Calvin Trillin (who must be smart because he was born in the same town I was) refers to the people who talk a lot on the Sunday morning TV shows as “the Sabbath gasbags...

Updated on Jul 23, 2014 11:32AM

Taking a snapshot survey, poll or impression of anything can be dangerous.

Today, for example, many of the heathen editorial writers...

Updated on Jul 21, 2014 06:21PM

My experience shows we need better pain care — Lynn Webster | For The Salt Lake Tribune

“The morning of Aug. 27, 2010 is a vivid ...

Updated on Jul 21, 2014 01:38PM

Give Common Core an honest review — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“ ... ‘We don’t have local control now,’ says Utah’s leading Commo...

Updated on Jul 17, 2014 01:21PM

Border crisis not time for politics — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“ ... Now we have a humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of ...

Updated on Jul 16, 2014 03:09PM

Today’s papers bring more commentary on the Tuesday arrests of two former Utah attorneys general.

The Spectrum throws the book at them. Do does th...

Updated on Jul 15, 2014 02:09PM

Shurtleff and Swallow will have their day in court — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“The gears of justice sometimes grind slowly.


Updated on Jul 14, 2014 04:40PM

The basic constitutional question that is at the nub of most big Supreme Court issues is not so much the merits of any particular question. It is about who gets to deci...

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 02:32PM


The people who oppose marriage equality have trotted out a person whose sociological research has been firmly and resoundin...

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 12:07PM

A little “Can’t we all just get along” sugar from the editorial writing community today. On the border, among police officers, for the sage grouse, in the Islamic world...

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 12:42PM

An accidental theme seems to have evolved on the online version of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Opinion section.

Generations: Great, stub...

Updated on Jul 8, 2014 02:18PM

It’s probably been about seven years since I used the familiar Mark Twain quote in an editorial about how important water is, especially in the arid West.

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 06:00PM

So you can go with this:

World Congress of Families is not a hate group — Paul Mero | For The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 04:58PM

Detailed update on the problem of investigating reported rapes in Salt Lake County.

— Rape trauma: Why cops may think victims are ly...

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 12:49PM

Here’s what you learn from reading more than one news source.

Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune editorial holds out hope that, with enough ...

Updated on Jul 3, 2014 04:58PM

These news items strike a familiar note:

Apparently, the new go-to place for having conversations about government corruption is you...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 04:04PM

OK. So it’s a little bit embarrassing that the Washington Post got this news about us before we thought to put it out ourselves. But, then, those guys get lots of scoop...

Updated on Jun 30, 2014 04:10PM

Hobby Lobby ruling shows why employer-based health care should end — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“Anything that stands in the way ...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 01:55PM

... And Missouri. And Colorado ...

10th Circuit ruling just sees the world as it is — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Updated on Jun 25, 2014 05:18PM

Anti-SWAT bill would legislate first, ask questions later — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“A Utah congressman has proposed legislati...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 05:46PM

Don’t tell them. But it looks like some Utah state officials are taking our advice.

We said this:

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 04:46PM

UTOPIA cities should drive a hard bargain — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“The feeling of failure that pervades the 11 Utah cities t...

Updated on Jun 19, 2014 04:15PM

The other day, we at The Salt Lake Tribune Opinion section felt we owed our readers a more detailed explanation about the true nature of the author of one of last Sunda...

Updated on Jun 19, 2014 01:28PM

Today, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill filed a manslaughter charge against a former West Valley City Police narcotics officer in what the D.A. ruled months ...

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 04:46PM

[Above: I can’t say for sure. But I would imagine this is NOT how the LDS Church does it. If it were, they’d now have to hire Russell Crowe, I’d imagine.]

Updated on Jun 16, 2014 01:46PM

Above: The best 13 minutes in the history of television.

— It would be a shame if UTOPIA wen...

Updated on Jun 12, 2014 05:16PM

A lot about veterans on the pundits’ radar today. Veterans in general, and one controversial soldier in particular.

— Don’t point fi...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 02:19PM

Opinion writers in newspapers across the American West today hold forth on public lands, fossil fuels and clean (or not) air.

— No e...

Updated on Jun 10, 2014 05:23PM

A few months ago, a reporter for The New York Times, who has a background of covering political corruption in a state that has lots, took notice of the big scandal that...

Updated on Jun 9, 2014 04:40PM

Ownership of U.S. lands belongs just where it is — Jim Elliott | For The Helena (Mont.) Independent-Record

“When you have hunted, ...

Updated on Jun 9, 2014 04:35PM

One new case. And a lot more commentary on that older one.

Reporter booted from court for bare shoulders — Andrew Howell | Ogden S...

Updated on Jun 6, 2014 05:40PM

[Above: Graphic from]

Nicholas Kristof, the globe-trotting op-ed columnist for The N...

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