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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: Public transit ...

- UTA travel: Spanning the globe - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The Utah Transit Authority is all about travel, but this is ridiculous. The transit agency spent $610,840 on out-of-state travel in the past year and a half.

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A goodly chunk of that traveling money — $79,625 — went to trips for now-retired CEO John Inglish and General Manager Mike Allegra. ...

... Did we mention that their fares also increased substantially while the UTA was pleading poverty due to higher fuel costs and reduced income from sales taxes?

But they were little people. You know, the ones who pay taxes. Or fares. Make that both. ...

- City, RTA should be realistic about streetcar timeline - (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star Editorial

- MTA payroll tax or not, New Yorkers still pay - Newsday (Long Island, New York) Editorial

Saying that a court ruling this week invalidating the MTA payroll tax is a victory for taxpayers is like saying your right pocket won without mentioning that your left pocket lost. ...

And, hey!, another trip for the UTA:- Buses will get Wellington moving - Dominion Post (New Zealand) Post Editorial



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