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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 Apr 14, 2014 04:38PM

“Welcome to the Academy Awards. Or, as it’s known at my house, Passover.” — Bob Hope, Oscar host, 1968

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 01:34PM

Rejection of Medicaid reflects an ugliness of spirit — Paul Krugman | The New York Times

“ ... But nobody expects to see a lot of ...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 12:04PM

Forgive the overly familiar language. But referring to the two apparent front-runners in the 2016 presidential race as Bush and Clinton just isn’t specific enough.


Updated on Apr 9, 2014 01:00PM

Then there’s the old joke about the newspaper editor who advertised for a one-armed editorial writer. One who would never say, “On the other hand ...”

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 12:50PM

— “No-kill” animal shelters are attainable goal — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“Pets can be wonderful companions, helping humans to b...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 12:55PM

On Medicaid, Herbert has Obama over a barrel — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“The bargaining position that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is...

Updated on Mar 23, 2014 08:52AM

Pastor (self-conferred) Fred Phelps, leader of a small but virulent band of anti-gay and, later, anti-American propagandists and demonstrators died early in the morning...

Updated on Mar 20, 2014 01:16PM

The New York Times ran a major article the other day about the scandal that brought down disgraced former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. It wasn’t just a parachute...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 12:43PM

No wrecking ball needed to fell Amendment 3 — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rott...

Updated on Mar 17, 2014 11:08AM

Happy Green Cupcake Day, everyone. (I’d bring orange cupcakes on the appropriate day, if I could figure out which day that was.)

In ...

Updated on Mar 13, 2014 12:59PM

The 2014 Regular Session of the Utah Legislature ends, by law, tonight.

While we’re waiting to tot up the damage, some recent opinio...

Updated on Mar 13, 2014 11:55AM

All news is local. And national.

Cafeteria lady speaks, says she had no choice but to toss lunches — Lisa Schencker | The Salt Lak...

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 08:48PM

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. — Aldous Huxley

It may not be quite...

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 06:50PM

To their huge credit, it wasn’t the Utah House of Representatives that we were arguing with.

House members were, from all appearance...

Updated on Mar 11, 2014 05:17PM

Deja vu all over again?

Interesting that Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart would complain that the Senate wasn’t willing to give her...

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 12:55PM

[Above: P.D.Q. Bach’s Conductor vs. Orchestra]

We told them not to do this:

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 02:56PM

Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislature are still fussing over whether, when and how much the state of Utah will finally force itself to take by expanding Medicaid, the p...

Updated on Mar 5, 2014 12:56PM

Autism treatment works, and should be covered — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“Legislation that would give autistic children in Utah...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 01:14PM

Count My Vote compromise is good for everyone — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“Utah’s political leaders have apparently cooked up a ...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 01:37PM

This is what happens when religion picks your pocket — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

“The lack of any real religious warfare...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 05:05PM

Refusing Medicaid expansion is a dreadful idea — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposed ‘Healthy Utah’ alternat...

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 04:03PM

Utah pollution is a moral issue, too — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“When public health is threatened by a product that many Utah l...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 05:12PM

Remember “Too many Mitts”? The Salt Lake Tribune editorial passing over adopted favorite son Mitt Romney to endorse Barack Obama for president in 2012?

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 01:20PM

Ladies, please don’t hide your light under a burka — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

“ ... The glory of the human female form ...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 01:53PM

Legislature should not hinder Count My Vote initiative — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“ It is to be expected that people who have r...

Updated on Feb 20, 2014 01:57PM

Some recent op-ed pieces that didn’t mention Utah, but should have:

How Cruz pushed us toward disaster — Dana Milbank | The Washin...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 01:24PM

My old state and my new state continue to go for the gold in the competition to be the kookiest state in the nation.

First, Utah dro...

Updated on Feb 18, 2014 10:37AM


Deal protecting Fishlake Park sets a good example — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“It’s a ...

Updated on Feb 17, 2014 04:44PM

In an editorial written late last week, posted online early Saturday and published in Sunday’s print edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, we argued that Utah’s law allowin...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 05:46PM

Cheer up, Utah, at least you aren’t living in Kansas — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

“Judging by the letters that have been ...

Updated on Feb 12, 2014 12:39PM

Wasatch Brewery’s new beer celebrates same-sex marriage — Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune

“Just call it beer for change.<...

Updated on Feb 10, 2014 05:01PM

Utah cannot justify marital apartheid — Paul C. Burke, John W. Mackay and Brett L. Tolman | For The Salt Lake Tribune

“To find con...

Updated on Feb 5, 2014 02:18PM

You’ve heard of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. And the Madden cover curse. Big sports stars who are honored by such attention proceed to collapse.

Updated on Feb 4, 2014 03:13PM

As was reported on overnight, the lawyers defending Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage — apparently from within the same right-wing echo chamber where everyone ...

Updated on Jan 9, 2014 01:51PM

Ralph nailed it:

Becker sets the right agenda for city and state — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Updated on Jan 7, 2014 05:01PM

If anyone out there didn’t like my last weekend column

No court can grant exemptions from the real world — George Pyle | The Salt ...

Updated on Jan 7, 2014 12:56PM

Weber State University is 125 years old today.

(Wichita State University is 15-0 and ranked No. 6 in the country. Not as important, I know. But it...

Updated on Dec 26, 2013 12:41PM

Hey, there, everybody. I’ve been out of town for a week. (The Grand Canyon is beautiful this time of year.)

Anything happen while I ...

Updated on Dec 17, 2013 05:26PM

— Judge wise to leave ‘Sister Wives’ family alone — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“Kody Brown has the same number of legal wives today...

Updated on Dec 11, 2013 12:49PM

Raise it, we say:

U.S. economy needs a higher minimum wage — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“... ...

Updated on Dec 9, 2013 04:21PM

Everybody into the (insurance) pool — George Pyle | the Salt Lake Tribune

“... Choosing to go without insurance, or insisting on t...

Updated on Dec 5, 2013 01:47PM

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive right-wing group that encourages state legislatures to deregulate some things — like polluters and guns — and cra...

Updated on Dec 2, 2013 05:32PM

Pundits around the world the last few days have been writing about the pope, and his controversial statements suggesting that people are more important than dogma — rel...

Updated on Nov 26, 2013 12:45PM

Three commentary pieces that are about Utah. Even though they never use the word:

Obamacare works — in California — Paul Krugman |...

Updated on Nov 24, 2013 12:58PM

After months of slow but steady build-up, Thursday, the dam broke:

— Swallow resigns, proclaiming innocence: ‘Time for the madness t...

Updated on Nov 21, 2013 11:47AM

After some 10 months of drip, drip, drip, the sad affair of John Swallow’s time in the Utah Attorney General’s office may be coming to an end.

Updated on Nov 20, 2013 12:42PM

The editorialists at Bloomberg View have take note of those Pacific Rim trade talks going on in Salt Lake City. Like the protesters in the street, they disapprove of th...

Updated on Nov 19, 2013 01:36PM

Old Abe was known for his sense of humor. So he would probably like the above bit.

The 150th A...

Updated on Nov 18, 2013 12:34PM

So a bunch of folks, including Bill Clinton, tell Barack Obama to keep his If-you-like-you-health-plan-you-can-keep-it promise. And he does, sorta.

Updated on Nov 15, 2013 09:48AM

The news:

Could Utah be in mix for new Boeing plant? — Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune


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