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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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(Paul Fraughton | Tribune file photo) Valves at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam are opened in March 2008.
Great minds/Small circles: Water, immigration, public prayer and Hillary ...


Future is here: It’s time for realism about water — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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... Utahns should not allow state officials to spend any more taxpayer money on plans for more dams or pipelines that are simply a folly, given the reality of hotter temperatures, less snowpack and diminished river flow. It’s a new reality that Utah policy makers should get used to.

Plans warded off water disaster – for now — Arizona Republic Editorial

If there’s one thing you really don’t want to hear when it’s 113 degrees out, it is that your water supply is running dry. ...

A slow-motion Colorado River disaster — Craig Mackey | For The Los Angeles Times

It may take federal disaster relief to offset the consequences of water scarcity in the Southwest.


Helping dreamers: Hatch, Obama working on reform — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

... Facing the most high-centered and immobile Congress in recent history, the president did what he could, and should, to begin to eliminate the unfairness of our outdated immigration laws. ...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Pro-Growth and Pro-Agriculture — Robert Piceno | Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Focus must be Border Security and Economic Security — U.S. Rep. Ron Barber | Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Public prayer:

Let them pray and hope they don’t — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

... folks who believe that prayer should be taken seriously, and not just condescendingly tolerated, could pray at home before the meeting. Or silently to themselves. And nobody would need to be reassured about anything.

Please, justices, no blank check for public prayer — Los Angeles Times Editorial

The Supreme Court should not only allow prayers at government meetings that favor one religion.

and Hillary:

The meaning of Hillary — Kathleen Parker | The Washington Post/sltrib.com

WASHINGTON — Three years out and you’d think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.

She’s everywhere these days because: (a) It’s August; (b) Reporters are bored with President Obama; (c) Reporters are bored with Joe Biden; (d) Clintons are never boring.


Op-ed columns are filled with advice about what Hillary needs to do. She needs a narrative. A message. It can’t be that she’s a Clinton or a woman. It has to be ...What?

Here’s a thought: She can save the world. ...

Remembering why the Clintons made us nervous — Maureen Dowd | The New York Times/sltrib.com

WASHINGTON — Clinton nostalgia is being replaced by Clinton neuralgia.

Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The closer it gets to running the world once more, the more you are reminded of all the things that bugged you the last time around. ...

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