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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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(Photo by Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Above, Ted Gurney of SLC (center) joined other Medicare and Medicaid insured citizens fighting against cuts. Disabled Rights Action Committee and the Anti Hunger Action Committee held a rally outside the Senate floor at the Utah Capitol Tuesday, February 23, 2010 to protest Senator J. Stuart Adams' sponsorship of HB 67. SLC 2/23/10
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Docs back Medicaid: Support is justified for patient care — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It wasn’t exactly a resounding endorsement, but the Utah Medical Association’s House of Delegates has decided to support the expansion of Medicaid in Utah allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

That is significant, since doctors would be — and are now — on the front lines of health care reform. The doctors’ statement is one of only a few coming from physician groups. But the support of such organizations — the UMA comprises 3,500 physicians — is critical. ...

A question we’re all asking: Now what? — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

... Now what, after the proposed collaboration between the state’s two largest health systems — WMC and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center — fell through. ...

Election antics trump gaming legislation — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

Pot, gambling measures trailing even in godless Oregon — David Sarasohn | The Oregonian

Lax enforcement, actions of few at fault, not Utah’s liquor laws — Deseret News Editorial

California tries to make voting easier — Los Angeles Times Editorial

Voter registration joins the online era — Sacramento Bee Editorial

(Utah beat them to it. Ha!)

Justice report predictable — Arizona Republic Editorial

... The Justice Department report on Operation Fast and Furious offers no closure, no answers to the big questions about how things got so out of hand. ...



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