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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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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mounted sheriff's deputies move off the trail as ATV riders make their way into Recapture Canyon, which has been closed to motorized use since 2007. The ATV protest ride on Saturday, May 10, 2014, north of Blanding, came after a call-to-action by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman.
Sunday Pundit Pro-Am: Public land, public health, child refugees ...

Calvin Trillin (who must be smart because he was born in the same town I was) refers to the people who talk a lot on the Sunday morning TV shows as "the Sabbath gasbags."

The people who write for the Sunday newspapers, of course, are much more worth your time.

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America, where the good guys sometimes go to jail — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

" ... More than a few Americans, in Utah and elsewhere, have noticed the double standard applied in these parts to those who protest selflessly, in support of the greater good, and those who protest selfishly, in furtherance of their own economic or recreational goals.

"The former go to jail, for a night or for years, because they are relatively easy to arrest. Sometimes, getting arrested is the whole point. It calls attention to your cause and, possibly, wins sympathy for the protest and scorn for those in power. ..."

Congress must act to limit wild horse range damage — Thad Box | For The Logan Herald Journal

" ... Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent as feral horses overgraze our ranges or stand captive in horse prisons. The greatest cost, overgrazing damage by horses, has not been assigned a monetary cost. Congress protects feral horses and burros until they die — on the range or in a pen. Rangelands suffer. ..."

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Don’t lose children in political crossfire — Steve Klemz | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"The children who have come to our border are a gift. In fact, according to my faith tradition, they are a holy gift, calling people of faith into the holy work of hospitality. ..."

Border crisis presents cruelty’s many sides — Jay Evensen | The Deseret News

"We’re talking about children.

"That makes all the difference in the latest border war to the south. It colors how we react, and it sets a high bar for anyone trying to argue for sending the kids back. ..."

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Health centers can’t replace Medicaid expansion — Alan Pruhs | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"While our policy makers continue to debate Medicaid expansion, Utah’s 13 Health Center organizations struggle to meet the needs and demands of our existing uninsured patients. Some have suggested that Utah does not need Medicaid expansion based on the work of Health Centers. We do not agree. We know expansion is vitally important to the health and well-being of low-income families and to Utah’s economy. ..."

Lawn poisons a big price to pay for the look of perfection — Brian Moench — For The Ogden Standard-Examiner

" ... Weed killers and insecticides are effective precisely because they are poisonous to critical biologic systems shared by plants, insects, animals and humans, especially small humans — fetuses and infants. The chemicals you spray on your lawn don’t stay on your lawn. They get into our air, water, and soil. They in end up on shoes, hands and feet, on the tomatoes growing in our backyard, on our dinner table, and ultimately in the kidneys, bone marrow, and brains of our children. ..."

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Lawrence and Windsor won’t trump Utah marriage laws — Drew Clark | The Deseret News

" ... Those who would force states to recognize gay marriage are not protecting private conduct from the criminal law, but requiring public approval of private relationships. ..."

Balancing personal conviction and compassion for same-sex couples — By Erika Munson | For The Deseret News

" ... As Utahns who cherish traditional ideals about marriage get to know their gay and lesbian neighbors, they need not feel that they are being asked to endorse every aspect of the lives of LGBT people. Our gay neighbors want what we all want — friendship and community--something Utahns can be very good at. ..."

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Medical pot no different than alcohol, other drugs — Jesselyn Bickley — St. George Spectrum

" ... On this whole medical marijuana issue I’ve heard multiple people say something to the effect of ‘We don’t want our children to think it’s okay.’

"Then teach them. ..."



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