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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.

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Editorials: Accidental polluters and home schoolers ...

- Sorry about that: Don't let polluters off the hook - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Page

If you can imagine a police officer just walking away from the still-smoldering remains of a three-car pile-up on the grounds that none of the bleeding bodies involved intended to crash, then you can grasp the idea of allowing big industrial operations to avoid sanctions over "unintentional" releases of air pollutants.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency is leaning on Utah — because a federal court has been leaning on the EPA — to close what environmental activists call a loophole in the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s "unavoidable breakdown rule." ...

... The EPA is now taking the position that every release of air pollutants that exceeds an individual source’s permit ought to be regarded as a violation, even if the polluter could make a valid case that the incident was indeed an accident, caused by an equipment breakdown, power outage or other unavoidable set of circumstances. ...

... The state should go along with this new approach and call violations what they are.The tendency of regulators and the regulated to get overly chummy is too great to allow air pollution violations to be brushed off with a simple, "Ooops! Sorry."

- Take air quality issues seriously - Denver Post Editorial

- Senators must vote for clean air for Maine people - Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal Editorial

... Maine has one of the highest asthma rates in the country. Even if you and your children are perfectly healthy, you are still inhaling the poisonous byproduct of cheap electricity rates for Midwestern and Southern states. ...

... We are sick and tired of being the nation’s tailpipe.

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- Home schools: Some children are neglected - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Many, if not most, children who are taught by their parents at home, instead of by professional teachers at school, learn enough to succeed as adults. Some excel and go on to high achievement in college or careers. Most end up about average, as most public school graduates do.

In those cases, home schools have earned the right to be left alone by the state.

But not all home-schooled children are getting the instruction they need to hold jobs, go to college, even communicate well outside their homes. And, for some, educational neglect rises to the level of other forms of child neglect that are outlawed under state law. ...

... And it’s apparent among children associated with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Utah-Arizona border towns that Utah authorities will have to deal with the results. ...

- Reduce truancy and keep children in school - Kansas City Star Editorial

- State needs to keep an eye on online schools - Iowa City Press-Citizen Editorial

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/20/3503495/the-stars-editorial-better-curfew.html#storylink=cpy

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