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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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Western Editorial Sampler: For Constitution Day, some democracy ...

Well, shoot. We completely missed Constitution Day. Shameful oversight for any First Amendment-powered institution.

So here are a couple of other newspapers’ thoughts on the issue. (Spoiler alert: They are for it.) And some editorials on the coming election, which is related to the Constitution, of course. And some economics.

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- Matheson in the 4th: A moderate Democrat in Congress - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The best reason to vote for Jim Matheson in Utah’s new 4th Congressional District is that neither Democrats nor Republicans like him much. ...

... If, as many Utahns say, Washington is broken because too few politicians will steer a middle course between the extremes of the two parties, then Jim Matheson should be just the candidate that voters are looking for. That, in fact, is one reason why he has earned this newspaper’s endorsement. ...

- Honoring the Constitutional Convention of 1787 - Deseret News Editorial

Two hundred twenty-five years ago today, delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 completed the excruciatingly difficult work of crafting a constitution that, to this day, provides the United States of America with principles of liberty and procedures for peaceful self-governance. ...

- The Constitution’s well-kept secret - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

- Don’t attack First Amendment - (Phoenix) Arizona Republic Editorial

- It’s time for Washington voters to approve same-sex marriage - Seattle Times Editorial

- State has no role in personal choice - Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

- A muddle over the middle class - Denver Post Editorial

- Census data confirm that the middle class is in dire shape - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

- Thriving middle class essential to economic recovery - San Jose Mercury-News Editorial

- The Fed engineers another bubble - Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial

- Business taxes need realignment - (Portland) Oregonian Editorial

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