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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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This weekend's column: Weak government can sting ...

Weak government can sting - George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." — Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address

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I don’t think this is what the Gipper meant. But some good digging by The Salt Lake Tribune’s crack staff in just the last few days turned up at least three cases where government was, indeed, the problem. Not because of what it did, but because of what it failed to do. ...

- Lax regulatory oversight factor in biggest bank bust in Utah - By Paul Beebe | The Salt Lake Tribune
Barnes’ failure helped lead to calls for reforms that have not come.

- Errors, employee unrest at Utah's Workforce Services - By Cathy Mckitrick | The Salt Lake Tribune

Some clients say DWS workplace woes also affect them.

- Official says more resources could have controlled Seeley Fire early - By Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune

Fire has grown to 9,000 acres, forced evacuations.

... Of course government at all levels can be too big, too nosy, too much in everybody’s way. It is still a human institution, after all, and falls far short of the glory of Plato.

But when our politicians get ahead by demeaning and belittling the very idea of government, it can become a horrible self-fulfilling prophecy.

• George Pyle, a Tribune editorial writer, makes no claim to being wisely governed.

gpyle@sltrib.com

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