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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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More about commencement addresses ...

Above: Ira Glass and the non-commencement address commencement address. Worth your 17 minutes and 10 seconds.

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My most recent column offered my advice to graduates.

Here are some more considered words:

- Ira Glass disses graduation speeches, then gives one ... - via Jimromenesko.com

I’m still opposed on principle to the idea of any commencement speech. I believe that it is a doomed form, cloying and impossible. Commencement speakers give stock advice which is then promptly ignored. ...

- The Commencement Address That Won’t Be Given - Robert Reich

Members of the Class of 2012,

As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you’re picking up today.

You’re f****d.

Well, not exactly. But you won’t have it easy.

- Sebelius quotes Kennedy: No religious test - Politico

Under fire for requiring employers to provide contraceptives to their employees, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday cited John F. Kennedy’s vision of America, "where no religious body" imposes its will on public officials. ...

- Oprah Winfrey's Words for Spelman Grads - Root



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