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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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(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Neighbors from all cities gathered around maps to discuss the proposed West Davis Corridor earlier in the planning stages. Environmental and community groups opposed the preferred route selected by the Utah Department of Transportation.
Western Opinion Sampler: Public spending, public health, breaking down doors ...

No highway is best: Feds agree with local groups — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial"Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it."— Edmund BurkeIt seems the lessons of recent history are lost on current Utah Department of Transportation officials. UDOT spent four years in the early 2000s in costly litigation over its plan to build the Legacy Parkway through valuable wetlands east of the Great Salt Lake. In the end, the state agency had to make many concessions to mitigate the highway’s effects on wildlife habitat and open space.Now UDOT’s plan to build a four-lane extension of Legacy, again straight through what should be protected wetlands, is sparking protests from local residents, environmental groups and the federal Department of Interior. ...

Roads and taxes — Las Vegas Sun Editorial

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Roads plan could be sellable with hurdle gone — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

Athletic fees — Deseret News Editorial It has become standard operating procedure for elite universities to spend large amounts of money on developing athletic programs that supposedly enhance revenue and school prestige, although the revenues often don’t meet expenses and the prestige is difficult to quantify. Somehow, the current higher education athletic model has become a norm nationwide, despite its many flaws. But everyone ought to be concerned that the same sort of practices are starting to become the norm in Utah public schools. ...

Anti-smoking slogan’s edgy — that’s the point — Tacoma News-Tribune Editorial It’s rude, crude and all but guaranteed to get many parents and sticklers for good manners up in arms. In other words, it’s designed to appeal to average teenagers. Or at least get their attention. ...

— Shot in arm — Tulsa World Editorials ... Most parents would not dream of putting a child in a vehicle without a car seat or safety restraints. The danger is far too great. Yet, last year health officials here estimated that only 60 percent of area babies and toddlers received their vaccinations on schedule, if ever. ...

Preserving liberties — St. George Spectrum Editorial

... The iron fist with which King George attempted to keep the peace in the colonies gave rise to a revolution, and our country was founded upon the idea that such tyranny should never be allowed in a nation of free citizens. But more and more, under the guise of waging "wars" on terror and drugs we are seeing the militarization of our police forces and the steady erosion of our willingness to stand up for the rights for which our Founding Fathers fought. ...



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