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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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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, file photo, an official, rear center, signals for a touchdown by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, obscured, as another official, at right, signals a touchback, on the controversial last play of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Seattle. The Seahawks won 14-12. The NFL referee strike puts the spotlight on a nebulous notion that is often overlooked when it works as it's supposed to: the question of expertise. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
NFL referees: Another problem solved ...

Yesterday, we celebrated the fact that the UTA took our advice and reversed its attempt to end its downtown free-fare zone.

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Today, editorial writers around the country can point with pride to the end of the NFL referees’ lockout.


Bring back refs: NFL is harming its product — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Obsession allows leagues to continue abusing fans — Reno Gazette-Journal Editorial


NFL, refs agree to new labor deal — AP/Salt Lake Tribune

Goodell apologizes to fans for NFL replacement games — AP/Salt Lake Tribune

On Second Thought — Jay Evensen | The Deseret News

Leaders from 120 nations met at United Nations headquarters in New York City last week to tackle the world’s most vexing issues. Sure enough, the lockout of NFL referees ended soon after.


Of course, the dirty SOBs settled at midnight, just in time to make some perfectly good comments flutter out of bounds.

Lose the replacement refs — Heidi Toth | Provo Daily Herald

How do you unify two bitterly divided groups? Give them something in common to hate.

Americans both blue and red, who as a whole are lukewarm on Barack Obama and unconvinced that Mitt Romney is any better, have found their unifying object of derision -- the NFL ref-placements. ...

It’s time for NFL owners to settle, send replacement refs home — Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Express-Times Editorial

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