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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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President Barack Obama is seen on television monitors in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Editorial Sampler: Party platforms edition ...

- Civil unions for all: Gay couples should have equal rights - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Although gay marriage is not an issue on which to hang a presidential election, it’s worth noting the differences between the Republican and Democratic platforms on that subject.

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The Republicans, at their national convention last week, enshrined discrimination as a guiding party principle. Their platform supports denying the civil rights of marriage to gay people and would allow any state to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in others states or countries.

By contrast, the platform adopted by the Democrats at their convention this week states: "We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference."

The Democratic Party has the right idea. [Read the rest ...]

- What platforms say about parties - Denver Post Editorial

Voters are wise to pay more attention to platforms than to the packaging from political conventions.

- The Democrats’ turn - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... Like the Republican convention, it will be the renewal of an iconic part of Americana. We salute those Utahns, from all parties, who made the effort to become state delegates and cheer on their parties at the conventions.

- Time for people to take elections away from parties - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

Americans heard a lot about the Founding Fathers during the Republican convention last week. The Founders’ names are sure to be dropped this week as the Democrats meet. But James Madison and George Washington said a few things you didn’t — and won’t — hear at national party gatherings.

Both men repeatedly warned of the danger to our republic inherent in the growth of political parties.

"The arts of electioneering will poison the fountains of liberty," Madison wrote. ...

- This week, Obama must fight back - Los Angeles Times Editorial

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are pinning the election on the proposition that Obama has been a disappointment. The president must explain how his second term would be different.

- Texting while driving often proves to be a deadly combination - Deseret News Editorial

- California lawmakers dash for global warming cash - Orange County Register Editorial

- Time to be rid of I-5’s northbound HOV lane - (Portland) Oregonian Editorial

(Note, that’s I-15, not I-15)

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