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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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Tomorrow's editorial:

Catching up: Small tax hike reasonable — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, 06.06.13

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It seems clear that Salt Lake City residents soon will see their property taxes increase. The question is whether it will be this year or next.

Mayor Ralph Becker proposed no such tax increase in his budget recommendation to the City Council. He wants to give residents a year to learn why the money is needed and how it would be spent.

But at least two council members, Chairman Kyle LaMalfa and Charlie Luke, believe it would save tax dollars in the long run if the city imposed an increase in the 2014 budget year to begin fixing long-neglected streets while maintaining police services without the cuts Becker proposed. ...

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Now is the time to be an infrastructure hawk, not a deficit hawk — Ezra Klein | Washington Post/Wonkblog

... Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers put it with unusual clarity at a Wall Street Journal breakfast on Tuesday. "We need to recognize that burdening future generations is a crucial issue," he said. "But just as you burden future generations when you accumulate debt, you also burden future generations when you defer maintenance." ...



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