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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: Now that the election is over ...

Avoiding the cliff: Utah’s delegates don’t get it — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah lawmakers very well may be representing the views of their constituents as they insist that the federal government’s looming fiscal crisis be fixed — or just temporarily avoided — without any new sources of revenue. But they are not representing our best interests. Or the facts.

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The view expressed by the Utah members of the lame duck Congress — Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Jim Matheson — is that any possibility of raising revenues is so wrong that they would much rather just punt than do a deal with the White House.

This despite the fact that President Obama was clearly re-elected on his promise of allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for households with incomes of more than $250,000 a year. Exit polls showed, in fact, that voter support for higher taxes on the rich, as part of a deficit-reduction package, was higher than voter support for Obama’s re-election. ...

Make a deal that avoids the ‘fiscal cliff’ — Seattle Times Editorial

Neither side in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations in Congress has a mandate from the American people to push the other over the edge. ...

Wrong way to cut defense — Omaha World-Herald Editorial

Our country needs an adequately funded military. But we also need deficit reduction. It’s possible to have both, if our leaders in Washington act responsibly. ...

More than status quo — Las Vegas Sun Editorial

... things essentially are back to the way they were before the election, but don’t take that to mean that the status quo is acceptable anymore. Voters want to see things get done, but they’re more moderate than many people have made them out to be. ...

Skip the cliffhanger, go straight to Simpson-Bowles — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

Would it really be so much to ask that President Barack Obama and congressional leaders drop the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" act? ...

Bipartisan immigration deal needed — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

The time is now for immigration reform — San Diego U-T Editorial

Momentum for immigration reform must be seized — Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial

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