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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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On the other hand: Money in politics, marriage before the courts ...

Then there’s the old joke about the newspaper editor who advertised for a one-armed editorial writer. One who would never say, "On the other hand ..."

Bigger guns, bigger money, make Bill of Rights questionable — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

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"The John Roberts Supreme Court is to the First Amendment what the TEC-9 assault weapon is to the Second Amendment. They both make thoughtful people occasionally wonder whether the Bill of Rights was really such a good idea. ..."

More, rather than less, political speech is a good thing — Robert Bennett | For The Deseret News

" ... Free speech has not always been seen as an unalloyed good in America. ..."

Wake up, people, and see the danger we’re in — By Leonard Pitts Jr. | The Miami Herald (via sltrib.com)

"This is a column about campaign finance reform.

"And your eyes glazed over just then, didn’t they? ..."

Citizens can reduce taint of money — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

" ... Citizens do not have to accept this. By demanding transparency and amending the Constitution to give Congress authority, we can take our government back."

Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling protects political speech — William R. Maurer | For The Seattle Times

" ... Money is not speech. But money enables speech, and that is why the right to make political contributions is protected by the First Amendment. ..."

Who Cares About Contribution Limits? The Wealthy Already Control Politics — Philip Bump | The Wire

Yet another body-blow to democracy from Supreme Court — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

The justices reject an infringement on free speech — Chicago Tribune Editorial


A test of integrity for the Utah Attorney General’s Office — John Mackay, Brett Tolman and Paul Burke | For The Salt Lake Tribune

" ... As the American Sociological Association noted in its amicus brief, "The social science consensus is clear: Children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different sex parents." Moreover, "[t]he overwhelming scientific evidence shows that same-sex couples are equally capable of generating positive child outcomes."

A mom and a dad — Deseret News Editorial

" ... Large-sample social science examining family structure find that children raised by their biological parents, on average, fare better. That’s one reason why state policies promoting traditional marriage are both rational and beneficial. ..."

Ready for Utah to do what’s right — Shana Elmer | For The Provo Daily Herald

" ... This case and this marriage movement has never been about religion. It’s about whether or not our government will recognize these loving relationships and allow people to marry. It’s time for Utah and America to do what’s right."

Will Iowa GOP be last to accept marriage equality? — Rekha Basu | Des Moines Register

"As stealthily as it reared its ugly head, the power to harness prejudice against gay people to win national elections is shriveling up and dying a well-deserved death. ..."

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