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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: Raise the minimum wage ...

Raise it, we say:

U.S. economy needs a higher minimum wage — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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"... Financial inequality is only getting worse, which means that more and more money is pooling in places where it is useless to the broader economy, behaving as so much mosquito-breeding brackish water. ..."

[I must say, that’s a sentence I’m rather proud of.]

The minimum wage boost — Baltimore Sun Editorial

"... We reject the notion that the minimum wage is destructive to economic prosperity, as real-world experience (and significant academic research) has taught us otherwise. Indeed, we find arguments against it inconsistent with conservative belief in reducing dependence on taxpayer-financed anti-poverty programs. The more people are paid, the less likely they are to rely on benefits like food stamps or Medicaid for their family’s basic essentials. ..."

Let’s end poverty pay and raise minimum wage — Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer Editorial

"... What’s going on? Perhaps an outbreak of economic sanity, human decency or both. ..."

Small-business owner argues for raising minimum wage — Joseph Rotella | For The Boston Globe

"... As a business owner, I should not be at a disadvantage because I want to pay fair wages to my employees. ..."

Maybe, say some others:

Try the $15 wage in SeaTac before imposing it in Seattle — Seattle Times Editorial

Uneven economic recovery fueling growing unrest — Los Angeles Dailyt News Editorial

"... To Adam Smith-ites: This isn’t about growing an illogical compassion. A shrinking middle class is the worst trend for any consumer economy. ..."

Heck, no, say others:

Don’t raise the minimum wage — Deseret News Editorial

"... But a worker demanding a higher wage is different from a worker proving to his or her employer that his labor is worth more money. ..."

Minimum wage a starter salary — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

"In a capitalist economy, employers pay for labor based on what the employee is worth. If an employee’s worth is artificially inflated to satisfy social policy, employers will react by either charging more for a product, or finding ways to eliminate minimum wage employees who now cost what’s close to a living wage. ..."


Why not extend jobless benefits again? — Los Angeles Times Editorial

The ratio of job applicants to openings — nearly 3 to 1 — remains too high to cut off federal extensions of state unemployment benefits.

Best way to help the homeless? Support affordable housing — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

"... "There is absolutely no reason, with the amount of wealth and ingenuity we have, that people should freeze to death," said Jenny Niklaus, CEO of EHC LifeBuilders, which operates eight housing centers in Santa Clara County. Amen to that. ..."

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