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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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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Gary Herbert holds a news conference Tuesday at the Capitol where he announced he had fired Department of Technology Services director Stephen Fletcher for lack of “oversight and leadership” that preceded a state data breach.
Editorials: Closing the barn door, opening the taps ...

Editorials in today's Salt Lake Tribune show how the state is furiously engaged in closing the barn door after the horse has run away, while Salt Lake City is taking two years to open a simple bar tab.

- Data breach: Herbert finally gets with it - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Gov. Gary Herbert has fired the state’s top computer nerd in the wake of the Medicaid data breach. That earns the governor one point for enforcing accountability, but it won’t do much for the 780,000 Utahns whose identities have been compromised and the 280,000 of those whose Social Security numbers were stolen. The sad truth appears to be that it is almost impossible to put this cat back in the bag. ...

- It’s Not IF Your Data Will Be Hacked, It’s WHEN. - Marcus Carey, BostInno.com

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- The corner pub: Time to allow more bars in SLC - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

A good wine has to age. A proposal for a proper set of laws on where Salt Lake City would allow neighborhood pubs is, at more than two years old, ready to be poured.

In December of 2009, Mayor Ralph Becker’s proposal to ease the city’s zoning restrictions on taverns, dining clubs, social clubs and other establishments with the odd names required by Utah’s even odder liquor laws had its first hearing before the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. That body approved the proposal the next month and sent it to the City Council for final action. Where it has sat ever since.

Now, the council has signaled that it is ready to resolve the issue. Which is exactly what it should do, without unnecessary delay but with, perhaps, a tweak or two that could ease concerns of some homeowners who aren’t too fond of the idea of a big, noisy bar opening up in their neighborhood. ...

- Dreaming of a neighborhood bar - Peg McEntee, The Salt Lake Tribune



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