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State of the Debate
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: Theater, nuclear waste, safe driving, immigration ...

Above: Ad for West End edition of 'Wicked.' I think they added some special effects for TV. (And, anybody else think their Glenda looks a little old for the part?)

- Performing arts: New theater now on track - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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The Salt Lake County Council made the right move in joining Salt Lake City’s effort to bring a 2,500-seat Utah Performing Arts Center to the capital’s downtown.

Although the funding partnership that calls for the county to contribute $28.2 million to the $110 million project is contingent on the two entities signing a pact that lets the county operate the new venue, the deal is nearly, and rightly, done. ...

... The large theater has been called a "Broadway-style" theater, but it is nothing of the sort. Most theaters on Broadway are small, intimate spaces, not auditoriums seating thousands. The UPAC would be a suitable venue for touring Broadway shows that are best produced on a large stage to a large audience. Think "Lion King," "Wicked" and other popular musicals that would draw not only from across the county but out of state as well. [Read the rest ...]

So much for the Mainstream Media getting its act together:

- Broadway-style theater will elevate life in the city - Deseret News Editorial

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

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. ...

- Gov. Otter might not be up to the task on nuke waste - Idaho Falls Post-Register Editorial (via Idaho Statesman)

- Hanford's B Reactor: A park haunted by the 20th century - Tacoma (Wash.) News-Tribune Editorial

- Oil giant Tesoro OK with a certain kind of California 'green' - Sacramento Bee Editorial

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- HOV lanes: Illegal use is also dangerous - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

- Drivers need to heed rules of road - Prescott (Ariz.) Daily Courier Editorial

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

- Brewer visits sins of parents on their children - (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star Editorial

Gov. Jan Brewer has been described as being anti-Latino, credited with making Arizona an international laughingstock and embarrassing our state with her performance as governor and her ideological stands. ...

- As reform languishes, immigrants left in limbo - Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial



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