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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: After the election ...

Reflecting on Tuesday’s election results, starting with education.

Bond failure shows Jordan needs better plan to address growth — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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"... district officials should not, and cannot, give up on meeting the very real need for more classroom space. But the ongoing effort clearly can’t again take the form of a $495 million bond request."

Amendment 66: a $1 billion bust — Denver Post Editorial

"The drubbing of Amendment 66 Tuesday may have been a defeat for education reform and funding equity, but we understand why so many voters were reluctant to support the measure. The recession is over but times are still tough for many families, incomes remain in the doldrums and educational bureaucracies are not terribly trustworthy.

"Throw into that mix a complex, billion-dollar tax proposal and most voters, it turns out, didn’t want to go near it. They rejected the amendment decisively even though most of them probably never heard a single extended argument against it. ..."

Election shows West Valley City on right path — Mike Winder | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"... It has been an honor to serve the people of West Valley City and a joy to work with my impressive colleagues on the City Council and city staff. As history judges the past four years I hope they see past a handful of police officers that gave us a black eye and the boneheaded move by a well-meaning mayor who briefly used a pen name.

"In the big picture, West Valley City is truly on the right path — and the voters said so Tuesday!"

Voters say yes to beer sales in Hyde Park — Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune

Electorate steps to the left — E.J. Dionne | The Washington Post via sltrib.com

"... And this week was not just a story of the Republican Party struggling to disentangle itself from extremism, or of the revival of moderation. The Democratic victories in New York and Virginia plainly marked the triumph of two different kinds of progressivism. ..."

Post-election analysis: Lessons for the GOP — Ken Thomas | The Associated Press

"Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and rigidity lost. ..."

Big Cable may have felled Seattle’s mayor, but it couldn’t stop this Colo. project — Brian Fung | The Switch/Washington Post

GMO labels fail to convince voters — Seattle Times Editorial

"A raucous, pummeling campaign over labels for GMO foods failed to impress voters in most Washington counties."

There are better ways to fund medical research — Kansas City Star Editorial

"Tuesday’s decision by Jackson County voters to reject a sales tax increase for medical research closes the door for now on local public funding for this worthwhile goal. ..."



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