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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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Election Eve: It’s almost over!

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In Utah, polls are open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Now, to you: The ending will be written by you — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

For more than a year now, the national media has been awash with news and speculation about who would be elected president in 2012. For many weeks, front yards, mailboxes, televisions and telephones in Utah have been inundated with messages extolling the virtues and condemning the faults of candidates for federal, state and local office.

Tomorrow it ends. And how it ends is in your hands. ...

Utah Voter Information:

State of Utah

Salt Lake County

Our endorsements: 2012 general election — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Pols have had their say — now it’s your turn — David Kushma | The Toledo Blade

(This guy is writing to an audience in Ohio. So he’s really right.)

An orderly voting process — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... The United States, and its citizens, can take pride in the fact that for more than 200 years we have had routinely quiet, peaceful transitions of power between presidents. That tradition will continue again this year. And whoever wins, the losing party will have an opportunity to try again in four years to elect its candidate to the White House. ...

Focus on what matters most — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

Tired of attack ads in politics — Deseret News Editorial

Why Obama-Romney votes DO matter in California — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

(Something to do with down-ticket contests. The same could be said for Utah. We should have said it.)

The ordeal is almost over, but the work remains. — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... The sense of relief shouldn’t be so palpable. The quadrennial presidential election should be something to celebrate, democracy in action, mom and pop casting their votes down at the firehouse, the smooth transition or continuation of governance.

But Norman Rockwell is dead. Today we have endless campaigns, poisoned by attack advertising funded by billions in special interest money, pumped up by a toxic combination of political hackery, partisanship and greed. ...

Tuesday’s election will be a turning point — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

... Barack Obama has struggled mightily — with no help from the GOP — to move America beyond the effects of the great recession while passing health care reform and other policies to help restore the American middle class. Mitt Romney shape-shifted into his moderate self in the debates, but he is beholden to the GOP’s far right, with whom he will govern. And a man who answers a question about equal pay with an anecdote about letting a woman employee go home early to cook dinner is not someone women need protecting their rights. Re-elect Obama. ...

Election winners must keep focus on the economy — (Portland) Oregonian Editorial

What not to wear on Election Day — Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial

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