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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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- Powell pipeline: What if growth slows? - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The reason given for the $1.5 billion Lake Powell Pipeline is that rapid population growth in St. George will soon outrun the water supply. But what if population growth turns out to be much slower than pipeline proponents have projected?

Preliminary population projections from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget have raised that possibility. Growth in St. George has slowed dramatically in the wake of the Great Recession and the bursting of the real estate bubble. Fewer new homes means fewer new customers to pay off the pipeline. That could leave taxpayers statewide holding the bag for an expensive project. It’s reason enough to scrap the pipeline, at least for now. [Read the rest ...]

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BLM approves Las Vegas plan to pump and pipe desert groundwater - Christopher Smart, The Salt Lake Tribune

- Unethical enablers - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

It didn’t take the Utah Supreme Court long to send a big smile to the face of Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, state Sen. Curt Bramble and other opponents of legitimate ethics reform in Utah politics. ...

- Health insurance: Get down to business, on behalf of Idahoans - Idaho Statesman Editorial

A gubernatorial task force can make a business decision about creating a health exchange — an online marketplace for Idahoans shopping for insurance.

Or the group can make a political decision. ...

- Ignoring What We Don't Like - Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial

... We may not like Obamacare, but it remains the law. We may not like the idea of a state-run health insurance exchange, but it’s better than inviting the feds in to do it for us.

It’s time to take a deep breath and get it done.

- Progress arrives in preventive care - Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

... Starting now, women can get the health care they need without counting the costs, just one more reason to be thankful the United States is on the path to universal health care for all.

- Underemployment drags down Oregon economy - (Portland) Oregonian Editorial

The college graduate working part-time as a barista in Portland is more than a cliché. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week confirms that Oregon has one of the worst underemployment problems in the nation. ...

- Immigration and keeping families intact - Los Angeles Times Editorial

About 5,000 children in more than 20 states were put in foster care after their parents were detained or deported by immigration authorities. That's unacceptable.

- Gabby and Liang: Ain't that America - Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

The most powerful image from Thursday night's coverage was the one of the American gold medal winner, gymnast Gabby Douglas, and her coach, Liang Chow. Not only did it whip up some good old national pride, it exemplified what's so wonderful about the U.S.So many of the other teams are a sea of sameness. The Danes look mostly like Danes. The South Koreans look like South Koreans. The Nigerians look like Nigerians.

But what does an "American" athlete look like? None of the above -- and all of the above. It looks like Gabby. It looks like Liang. They all look like Americans.



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