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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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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Tyson Miller signs in to vote at the Kearns St. Ann's School polling place during the primary election. Utah's voter turnout remained sluggish -- with many eligible voters sitting out the election -- despite Mitt Romney leading the Republican ticket.
Western Editorial Sampler: All elections, all the time ...

We want you to vote:

Time to vote: Now, finally, it is your turn — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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If you vote now, you can honorably ignore all those vicious television commercials that have been driving every one of us nuts for weeks. ...

Early voting anyone? — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

But we want you to read the whole ballot first:

Straight tickets: Utah should get rid of ballot option

... Voting a straight ticket is the lazy way to exercise the right to vote. If a voter must work through the entire ballot, office by office, he or she might discover a name or remember something that would inform his or her choice. If voters knew that a straight-party option was not available, they might spend a bit more time preparing before they go to the polls or fill out a mail-in ballot. ...

Other elections-related editorials:

Scott Howell for U.S. Senate — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

[Over Orrin Hatch? I did NOT see that one coming.]

Presidential race comes down to a matter of trust — Sacramento Bee Editorial

Mitt Romney has taken flip-flopping to new extremes. It’s not merely that he’s moved toward the political center for the general election, or that he’s equivocating on a few controversial issues.

It goes to the core of his presidential campaign – and to trust and character. How can Americans ever believe what he says, or that he’ll keep his promises? ...

Foes of same-sex marriage get inventive with campaign to defeat R-74 — Seattle Times Editorial

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Washington argue it would drive up the cost of gasoline, raise utility bills and make coffee taste funny.

No, the anti-Referendum 74 campaign has not made those claims, at least not yet, but it has been forced to invent excuses. ...

Apples, tomatoes and condoms: Measure B supporters get creative — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

Props 1, 2 and 3 campaign donors must identify themselves — (Nampa) Idaho Press-Tribune

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