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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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Opinion Sampler: Public safety and big new football stadiums ...

WVC’s new chief: Russo faces a difficult job — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

While we try to figure out whether to praise his guts or question his judgment, everyone should wish West Valley City’s new police chief the best of luck in his new post.

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He’s going to need it. ...

And, in another case of great minds running in small circles, we have two pieces where crime in two cities is compared to what happens in New York City. And in Des Moines, Iowa:

Downtown crime shocks New Yorker — Danny Westneat | The Seattle Times

... Marvin, who was on that plane to move out here, has now lived in downtown Seattle, on First Avenue near Pike Place Market, for six weeks. His early impressions of our city, at the street level, are not good.

"I’ve never experienced anything like this," he says. "And it’s not like I’m from Des Moines."

Meanwhile, back in Des Moines:

Police protection no place for city to scrimp — Des Moines Register Editorial

A New Yorker visiting Des Moines several years ago watched the local news before going to bed. She was surprised by how much time was dedicated to weather. "Doesn’t anyone get murdered in this town?" she asked. ...

Elseweb, as football season opens, we read that the University of Washington has a new football stadium ...

Husky Stadium: Opulent but tasteful — Larry Stone | The Seattle Times

Washington’s refurbished football stadium has lavish touches, but also seems somewhat restrained in the ever-growing need for bigger and better facilities.

... and that the University of Nevada Las Vegas needs one.

UNLV's future depends on stadium — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

... the future of UNLV athletics depends largely on getting a new stadium. No matter how great the men’s basketball squad is, in Division I college sports, football moves the dial. And a losing team playing at an outdated venue many miles from campus is a losing proposition. ...

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