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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 Opinion Sampler: Grading the legislature, Utah's and others ...

Utah's Legislature has wrapped up its business for the 2013 regular session. Other states' lawmakers are still at it.

Slippery slope: Nothing to stop slide of education — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders were effusive over funding granted by the Legislature for public education in the legislative session just ended. It’s the biggest infusion of new money for schools in years, they said, and they are right. But don’t be fooled by the enthusiasm.

The Legislature did little more than maintain the status quo for public education. Or, it might be more accurate to say it rebounded backward to pre-recession funding. ...

Anyone can carry: Herbert should veto gun bill — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The Utah Legislature last week passed legislation erasing the state law requiring a permit and a background check to legally carry a concealed weapon, an irresponsible move that is as unsettling as it is unnecessary. Gov. Gary Herbert should waste not a moment in vetoing it. ...

The Legislature: Ups and downs of 2013 session — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Short takes on education funding, states rights and health care ...

The 2013 session's legacy — Deseret News Editorial

... we were disappointed in the message bill lawmakers chose to pass concerning gun rights. As Gov. Gary Herbert noted, these were unnecessary in a state that has a proud record of support for the Second Amendment. The so-called "constitutional carry" bill, allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, was a step in the wrong direction. Those who carry concealed weapons need more training, not less. ...

Other legislatures. Familiar issues:

House should quash new rules for voter initiatives — Idaho Statesman Editorial

Idaho voters repeals controversial legislative actions on public education. Then lawmakers move to make it harder for such referrenda to move forward.

Redundant law on immigrant checks — Denver Post Editorial

State lawmakers should repeal a 2006 law that now duplicates the federal Secure Communities program.

Legislature eyes 'appropriate' funding for education — Tulsa World Editorial

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