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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: Out of Kabul, in to college ...

- Out of Afghanistan: Sooner rather than later - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

President Obama told the American people this week how he intends to end the war in Afghanistan. After most American troops leave that ravaged country by the end of 2014, some will remain behind to train Afghan government forces and to conduct anti-terrorism operations. That mission will continue for a decade, he said.

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Though we understand the president’s rationale for that continued U.S. commitment, it is based partly on a delusion. No outside nation has ever succeeded in pacifying Afghanistan or cementing stability there. If President Obama believes that the United States can be the first, he is wrong. History argues decisively against him. ...

... So the key to American strategy remains to get out, and sooner rather than later. Beyond that, the United States will have to improvise, as Afghanistan itself changes.

- Conflict in Afghanistan still not settled - Deseret News Editorial

- Exit from Afghanistan: Why wait two and a half years? - Seattle Times Editorial

- Obama's Afghan end game in War on Terrorism - San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

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- No quick fix: Consider all costs of college degree - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Why would a potential student enroll in a relatively expensive for-profit college or university and go heavily into debt to pay the whopping tuition bill when a public institution is cheaper?

The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that the average yearly cost of tuition and fees at for-profit colleges in 2009 was $15,300, while at public institutions students paid an average of $6,400.

The lure of for-profits can be found in their pitch: Earn a degree quickly, get a good job and pay for tuition with easy-to-get government loans.

But the reality for many students is much different: Earning the degree takes longer than they expected, the job market is weak and loans may be easy to get but hard to get rid of. The NCES reports that 25 percent of students at for-profit colleges and universities defaulted on their loans within three years of leaving school, a figure nearly double the national average for all college students. ...

- Depoliticize student loans - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

The only thing worse than the hundreds of billions of dollars of student loan debt that too many adults carry like yokes on their necks is the screw-ups in Washington D.C. who are using the fiscal pain for political gain. ...

- Congress must keep student loan rates low -- and address problem of college affordability - San Jose Mercury News Editorial

- Congress shouldn't let rates on college loans increase - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial

- Extend student loan rates - Eugene Register-Guard Editorial



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