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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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Extension of Remarks: Upward mobility

Upward mobility: Salt Lake the best of a bad lot — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The bad news is, people born poor in Salt Lake City have only an 11 percent chance of earning their way into the top fifth of income-earners.

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The worse news is, that’s the good news.

Here in the United States of America, the Land of Opportunity, where all it takes to make it are your own grit, determination and hard work, the fact is that people from every income bracket find that their positions are what is called "sticky." That means that people who are born poor tend to stay poor, and people who are born rich tend to remain rich.

It has, of course, ever been thus. But a new national survey of income data builds on what was already known from a previous Utah-based study: When it comes to upward mobility, Salt Lake City is the best of a bad lot. ...

SLC residents have best shot at going from rags to riches — Paul Beebe | The Salt Lake Tribune

Study » Children here are the most likely to jump from lowest 20% of income into top 20%.

The Equality of Opportunity Project — Upward Mobility in the 50 Biggest Cities: The Top 10 and Bottom 10

Report: Salt Lake City wages still trail U.S. averages— Paul Beebe | The Salt Lake Tribune

Jobs » Lower cost of living, young population key factors in lower compensation.

Worker Wages: Wendy's vs. Wal-Mart vs. Costco — CNN Money

... Can a company pay its workers well and also make money? ...

Working for McNuggets no dream for Americans — Mary Sanchez | The Kansas City Star

... As the low-wage sector goes, so goes the nation. That’s the message every middle-class American should be getting. ...

Education leads to success — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... Despite the tough times, we don’t share that pessimism. There is a path toward better economic security. It’s education. ...

Benefits of preschool are clearly documented — Deborah Stipek | For The San Jose Mercury News

Opponents of President Barack Obama's plan to increase access to quality preschool can criticize studies to support their political agenda, but science is on the side of advocates. Research demonstrating the benefits of preschool is strong and consistent. ...

America’s Main Street economy versus the Wall Street — Duane Catlett | For The Helena Independent-Record

... Real job creation and Main Street economic growth comes only from U.S. government deficit spending at times when the private sector is not producing enough jobs to generate disposable income in family budgets. ...

Obama’s surprise: Get government out of mortages — Arizona Republic Editorial

Housing market up despite the feds — Prescott Daily Courier Editorial

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