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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: Gun bills and land grabs ...

Veto on target: Herbert’s veto should be upheld — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

An act of common sense becomes an act of great courage when common sense is in short supply.

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Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to veto HB76, the bill that would have added Utah to a short list of states that allow people to carry concealed firearms without a permit, reflects the chief executive’s oft-stated motto that things that aren’t broken do not need to be fixed. But it also stands as an act of political courage coming, as it does, in a place and at a time when the paranoia of those who fear nothing so much as sensible restrictions on the use of firearms is so outspoken and powerful. ...

Sen. Curt McKenzie wisely shoots down off-target bill — Idaho Statesman Editorial

... The Nampa Republican, who chairs the Senate State Affairs Committee, put a stop to legislation that would have sheriffs and deputies thinking twice about cooperating with federal law-enforcement officials on major crimes. ...

Concerns Over Gun Control Shouldn't Pit One Agency Against Another — Wendy J. Olson, United States Attorney, and Brian T. Underwood, United States Marshal, for the District of Idaho | For The Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News [This one doesn't make a lot of sense unless you've read the Statesman piece above.]

Firearms on campus a bad, dangerous idea — Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle Editorial

... The college years can be stressful, and all college campuses are a volatile mix of young people of various degrees of maturity dealing with the gamut of academic and emotional challenges – and that's without considering the use of alcohol and drugs common on college campuses. ...

Should Montana university students be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus? — Helena (Mont.) Independent-Record poll [Says this unscientific poll: No]

Lawmakers must revisit sensible gun safeguards — Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune Editorial

So far, the 2013 Legislature hasn’t shown much interest in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerously unbalanced people. ...


Utah’s real ‘land grab’ — Ty Markham | For The Salt Lake Tribune

... We’ve all heard proponents say, "Utah can do a better job of managing those lands," or "It will benefit our kids through more funding for public education." But, frankly, if you believe those arguments I have some ocean front property in Utah to sell you. ...

What's your rebellion worth? — Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune Editorial

How much is a rebellion worth? In the case of a prospective second Sagebrush Rebellion, we say it’s not worth very much. It’s certainly not worth $30,000, the total amount of public funds allocated by Wyoming lawmakers to study an old and beaten idea: The transfer of federal lands to state control. ...

More Mexican gray wolves needed in wild — Arizona Republic Editorial

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