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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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So much for the monolithic news media:

Value of wolves — Feds must maintain some oversight — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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The image of the government declaring "Mission Accomplished" is etched in Americans’ minds, and not in a good way. Just as former President George W. Bush was wrong when he made that announcement about the Iraq war, the feds might well be wrong in declaring the gray wolf no longer in need of protection in the West. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the mission of recovering populations of the gray wolf, which once roamed throughout the United States, has been successful, and the top predator can now fend for himself. Considering that the illogical and irrational attitudes toward the wolf that resulted in its extermination in the West nearly a century ago remain, the agency may be acting too soon. ...


Delisting wolves a smart move — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

The Obama administration’s proposal to lift most of the federal protections for gray wolves is a sensible decision. Federal protection status is not meant to be permanent; the gray wolf is no longer endangered. It’s time for states, including Utah, to be able to manage the wolf population. ...


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

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.... ...In order to keep infrastructure in repair and avoid paying more later, taxpayers should support a moderate increase this year.


Look for alternative ways to make public money go further — Deseret News Editorial

... The mayor is right. Times still are tough, and taxpayers have been asked to do enough. But members of the City Council are right, too, in that important infrastructure should not be neglected perpetually. But if extra money is to be spent, it should be found somewhere other than the taxpayer's wallet.


Too many horses: Reducing fertility may be answer — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It’s a sad image: hundreds of horses that used to run free crowded into dusty corrals with little hope of ever again galloping the open range. The Bureau of Land Management practice of rounding up wild horses and burros on thousands of acres in Utah and other Western states is creating more problems for the animals and the environment than it solves. ...

vs (Actually, we mostly agree on this one. It's more a matter of tone, and whether the issue is about horses or just another opportunity to whack the feds.)

Save the horses — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

Yet another federal land management effort is doing more harm than good. Everybody put on your shocked face. ...

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