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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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Western Opinion Sampler: Shutdowns and Obamacare ...

Government shutdown would be nothing but madness — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

... If, by the time you read this, all or part of the federal government has gone into shutdown mode, it will be because a minority faction of the minority party pulled out every stop on the organ to try to prevent the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, from going into effect as scheduled. ...

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Chickens without heads — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and his loyal minion from our state, fellow Republican Sen. Mike Lee, are garnering loud cheers from Tea Party enthusiasts, and other conservatives, for their efforts to stop implementation of Obamacare, which starts today. In our opinion, Cruz, Lee and others remind us of chickens with their heads cut off, running blindly into a battle they cannot win. ...

Latest Washington meltdown a product of The Great Divider — Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial

No, President Barack Obama, you knock it off. If we endure a government shutdown, the fault will be yours. ...

I’ve seen this movie before — Robert Bennett | The Deseret News There’s been lots of talk about "shutting down the government" if the Republicans don’t get their way on Obamacare. Some say that the last government shutdown was good for Republicans, politically, and that they would be wise to do it again. That’s not the way I remember it. ...

GOP needs to remember that elections count — Idaho Statesman Editorial

... Enough already with the endless attempts at end-run strategies to overcome election losses. Find and field some people who can win, Republicans, and you will get your way.

Oh, to be a Republican extremist for just one day — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... It must feel good to be so sure of things, to be so certain in our beliefs that we can ignore data from science, economics and history, to say nothing of religious teachings. It must be great to be free of doubt. ...

Legislative Stalling Weakened Health Exchange for the State — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial

In California, Obamacare is already working — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

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