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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: Fiscal cliff, religious freedom, smog ...

Tax cliff: A year-end abyss looms — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The presidential candidates yammered a lot about taxes and the middle class in Wednesday’s debate. But they didn’t talk about the real crisis: If all of the Bush and Obama tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of this year, as current law requires, federal taxes will go up by an average of $3,500 per household. That would be a disaster for the economy, and likely would push the nation back into recession. Obviously, that must not be allowed to happen. ...

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Backing away from the fiscal cliff — Denver Post Editorial

A bipartisan plan to reduce the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years is a step in the right direction — but can it gain traction?

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Religious liberty is more than freedom of worship — Deseret News Editorial

... As an expanding secular state imprudently tries to take on more and more responsibility for health, welfare and education, the demands of state administration are increasingly conflicting with vibrant faith-based ideals. We are seeing more assaults on institutional and individual religious freedom from inflexible bureaucratic mandates. ...

Common ground and common sense on reducing abortions — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... Here they are: Actual facts. Not just slogans or beliefs, but math. If you want to reduce the number of abortions, make birth control easy to obtain. Lawmakers who oppose both birth control and abortion have a decision to make. ...

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Diverse ozone task force was up to the challenge — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

No one who participated in the eight-month effort to find ways to reduce air pollution in the Pinedale area was likely satisfied with all of the recommendations.

But that’s the nature of collaborative solutions. ...

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A dollar spent on cutting air pollution saves $10, says BYU economist — Salt Lake Tribune



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