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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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(Tribune file photo) The National Park Service on Friday released a winter use plan for Yellowstone National Park.
Western Editorial Sampler: On the great outdoors ...

Snowmobiles, houses, bicycles, buffalo and traps ...

- Park snowmobiles: Continue to monitor impacts - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

A compromise of sorts that would allow hundreds of snowmobiles into Yellowstone National Park each winter certainly should not be considered the last word on cold-weather tourism from officials of the park or the National Park Service.

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The debate over whether to allow any of the noisy, polluting machines into the nation’s oldest park should be on-going, with continuing research into their effects on wildlife, water, air and the natural ecosystem the park should protect. [Read the rest ...]

- Public parks, private homes - Ogden Standard-Examiner

There is justifiable concern over a private home being built within the area of Zion National Park. In Kolob Canyon there remains about 3,000 acres of private land. An owner has chosen to build a home there. That is, of course, the owner’s right. Nevertheless, these areas are meant to retain a pristine beauty, and the inclusion of a home, no matter what its quality, erodes the natural beauty of the park. ...

- Not your average ride in the park - Denver Post Editorial

We applaud the National Park Service for letting each park set its own policies on whether to expand access for bicycle riders.

- Kudos to Montana officials for bold bison proposal - Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle Editorial

Montana officials have proposed allowing bison to roam year-round in large areas adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, a plan that would ease restrictions on the park's iconic herd and potentially bring to a close the slaughtering and hazing of years past.

While such a solution is long overdue, we salute the state for taking what could prove to be a momentous position in how Montana deals with the bison that wander across the park's borders in search of grazing each year. ...

- Right to Hunt Could Cause More Problems Than It Solves - Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial

We have to wonder about the need for a constitutional amendment protecting hunting, fishing and trapping. By the amendment author’s own admission, Idahoans have been practicing these sports for a very long time. ...

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