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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: More vaccinations, fewer nukes ...

Above: ABC on whooping cough.

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- Prevent disease: All children should be vaccinated - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Ignorance or willful neglect is putting Utah’s children, especially infants, at risk.

These are not cases of the sort of child abuse or neglect that can put parents in jail. It is a simple crime of omission: Parents are failing to get their children properly immunized against communicable diseases.

Whooping cough is the most prevalent example. The Salt Lake Valley Health Department reports 280 cases of the disease (officially pertussis) so far this year and estimates that each known case represents 10 to 20 cases that never get reported. The numbers are increasing. In just the past two weeks, the department has seen 21 new cases, an increase of 10 over the five-year average for the same time period.

The disease can cause long-lasting symptoms, including a hacking cough, irritated bronchial tubes, fatigue and trouble breathing in people of any age, but it is most often fatal to babies. The epidemic is particularly alarming because it is completely preventable. [Read the rest ...]

- Whooping cough cases 'raging' through Utah - The Salt Lake Tribune

- U.S. whooping cough outbreak could be worst in half century - Reuters

- Catholic schools’ HPV vaccine ban is ‘immoral’ - for The Calgary Herald

- Taliban's vaccine ban may affect 280,000 children - CNN

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- Trimming nukes: Reduce U.S. arsenal boldly - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

How low can you go? That’s the central question of nuclear arms reduction. How low can the U.S. strategic arsenal be reduced while still maintaining enough deterrent strength to dissuade any enemy from even thinking about launching a nuclear attack on the United States?

The Associated Press reports that President Obama and his advisers currently are weighing this question once again. The low range would leave the United States with 300-400 strategic warheads. However, the president is more likely to choose a modest proposal that would leave 1,000-1,100 warheads, according to the AP. If that is truly the choice, the president should be bold and go for the lower numbers. [Read the rest ...]

- The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy - National Academy of Sciences



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