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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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A woman weeps as she arrives to pick up her children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. where authorities say a gunman opened fire, leaving 27 people dead, including 20 children, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Frank Becerra Jr.) MANDATORY CREDIT, NYC OUT, NO SALES, TV OUT, NEWSDAY OUT; MAGS OUT
Western Editorial Sampler: Water (too little) and guns (too many) ...

The Colorado River: Water will become more valuable — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial ...The day may come, in the not too distant future, that holding rights to Colorado River Basin water may be like owning stock in Hostess Brands or Lehman Brothers. Even the most ironclad legal document won’t help you get your share of something that isn’t there. The U.S. Department of the Interior Wednesday released the results of a three-year examination of the past, present and future of the Colorado River Basin. The bottom line should be a surprise to no one: The population of the seven states that draw much of their water from the river and its tributaries is continuing its rapid growth, even as the amount of water that can be drawn from that system is likely to do nothing but shrink. The only questions are, by how much and what are we going to do about it. ...

Pumping desert water — Deseret News Editorial ... The controversy over whether Nevada draws water from beneath fragile desert valleys in Utah offers few ideal alternatives. ...

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Massacre demands safety solutions — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial ... The most important objective is protecting children in schools. We can’t have schools become a location where we fear for our children’s lives. And they are not as safe as they once were. Regardless of what crime statistics may reveal, there is a disturbing emergence of sociopathic insanity among younger adults. Their odd, sometimes aggressive, anti-social behavior is noticed by family, friends and others, but no action is taken. The end result of this dysfunction is planned mass murder at close range, often followed by planned suicide. ...

A critical mass on U.S. gun violence? — Denver Post Editorial

Obama could stop school massacres — Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial

National commission must address gun violence — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

We were way beyond ‘tipping point’ on gun violence before Connecticut — Sacramento Bee Editorial

Trying, again, to ban assault weapons — Los Angeles Times Editorial

Guns and mental illness — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

Now is the time for action on some gun limits — Arizona Daily Star Editorial

Make Newtown not just another mass killing — Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial

Deliver, Mr. President: It’s time for Obama to make gun control a top priority — Eugene Register-Guard Editorial

What is there to say about the unspeakable? — Tulsa World Editorial

Solution to mass shootings must become priority — Oakland Tribune Editorial

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