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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: Highway bids. Open government. Beavers.

Above: ... and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver.

- I-15 cloud lingers: Herbert can’t ignore controversy - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Gov. Gary Herbert should have been able to just bask in the glow of the apparently phenomenally successful rebuild of I-15 through Utah County.

But the unpleasant political odor that has long been associated with the I-15 CORE project was so pervasive that even Herbert felt he had to address it. [Read the rest ...]


- Costly redistricting records - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

The Utah Democratic Party is correct in refusing a condescending offer from the Utah Republican Party to pay $9,000-plus in order to have public documents on the Legislature’s redistricting efforts released. ...

- Utah Legislature needs to release public records - Deseret News Editorial

- What's it cost for government to tell us what it's up to? - Los Angeles Times Editorial

- Despite perils, respect it - Arizona Republic Editorial (Defending the initiative process in Arizona)

- Tell the Texas Legislature what red tape to cut - Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial


- Let beavers in: Garfield would benefit from plan - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Garfield County commissioners are suspicious of environmentalists. They seem to believe that people who are on the side of ecosystems — forests, endangered species, wildlife, fragile deserts — are the natural enemies of ranchers and other rural interests.

And it’s that suspicion that led the commissioners to refuse the efforts of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to restore beavers to historical beaver habitat in the mountainous areas of the county.

That’s unfortunate, since beavers are, as one DWR official described them, "great riparian managers." [Read the rest ...]

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