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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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Editorial Sampler: Nuke waste, kids' waists, a young immigrant's mind is a terrible thing to waste ...

Above: A song about the Utah Radiation Control Board. If you are old enough to remember it, you still might not qualify for Medicare.

- Radioactive choice: Senate right to delay confirmation - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Given that the decisions to be made will have an impact on Utah for thousands of years to come, waiting a month to vote on the makeup of the state’s new Radiation Control Board seems reasonable.

The chairman of the state Senate committee in charge of the matter was right Wednesday to put a hold on two of Gov. Gary Herbert’s nominations to the reconstituted board. The other six nominees were approved by the Senate, but Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, rightly decided that his panel should take a longer look at two candidates who, arguably, would be better cast as advocates who appear before the board rather than as members of the review panel. ...


- Fighting fat: Junk-food limits can work - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

For those parents who are at their wits’ end, trying to deal with their children’s obesity, new research shows part of the answer could lie at school.

Children who live in states with strong, consistent laws limiting availability of unhealthy snacks at schools gained less weight from fifth through eighth grades than did children in states with no such limitations. Also, children who were overweight or obese in fifth grade were more likely to reach a healthy weight by eighth grade if they lived in states with the toughest laws. ...

- Study on school snack nutrition rules something to chew on - Deseret News Editorial


- Don’t deport: Cut some young aliens a break - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

When President Obama announced in June that young adults who had been brought to this nation illegally as children could be given a temporary deferment from deportation, Republicans cried foul. The president, they said, was imposing the Dream Act through unconstitutional executive fiat.

Yes, the president’s action is a brazen political move in an election year.

But, no, he isn’t hijacking the Constitution. ...

- Brewer wags her finger at Arizona's 'dreamers' - Arizona Republic Editorial

- A nation again embraces its young immigrants - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

- Waivers point young illegal immigrants toward a dream - Seattle Times Editorial

- No asterisk to the 14th Amendment - Los Angeles Times Editorial

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