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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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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan are joined by Ryan's daughter Liza as they wave to the crowd while campaigning Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Opinion Sampler: More Mitt ...

Hard facts about the ‘47 percent,’ and Idaho — Kevin Richert, The Idaho Statesman

... let me connect the dots, one last time. When Romney was carping about the 47 percent, he was talking about a whole lot of Idahoans. He may hold you in disdain. But you can bet he is banking on you and your four electoral votes.

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Reclaiming America’s social compact through entitlement reform — Deseret News Editorial

... It is hard to explain Romney’s choice of words. Nevertheless, it was not improper for a presidential candidate to identify our current entitlement programs as posing significant economic and moral challenges for America’s future. ...

Obama’s comments are out in the open — Cal Thomas | In The Salt Lake Tribune

... I wonder what’s going on behind closed doors at the Obama campaign, that, if recorded and published in a conservative magazine, would cause political damage to the president’s re-election prospects? But we don’t have to go behind the scenes. There is plenty already in the public arena, much of it ignored by mainstream media. ...

It takes one to know one — Nicholas D. Kristof | New York Times/Salt Lake Tribune

As I watched a video of Mitt Romney scolding moochers suffering from a culture of dependency, I thought of American soldiers I’ve met in Afghanistan and Iraq. They don’t pay federal income tax while they’re in combat zones, and they rely on government benefits when they come back. ...

... Romney has proved himself right: We manifestly do have a problem with people who see themselves as victims even as they benefit from loopholes in the tax code.

One is running for president.

Private words, public censure — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

Politicos — whether local, state and national — don’t seem to understand that nowadays, everything is on the record. Everything. And while we mourn the lack of spontaneity this always-on mentality must produce, we also welcome the unvarnished look at the candidate class. And we especially love watching politicians squirm when they say — out loud — what they really think. ...

Doesn’t Romney want the 47 percent on his side? — Linda P. Campbell | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

If 47 percent of Americans really were freeloaders, the way Mitt Romney suggests, don’t you think the federal government would be a lot more than $16 trillion in debt? ...

The American Dream’s empty promise — Robert J. Samuelson | Washington Post

... This election often seems a contest over whether President Obama or Mitt Romney can best restore the Dream. To the extent people believe this, one outcome is certain: disappointment. The Dream’s ultimate appeal lies in its promise of personal fulfillment, which can’t be assured. ...

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