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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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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Skiers rip down the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort on the last day of 2012 on a clear and chilly morning that started out in the near single digits.
Pundits play to their readers’ interests: Skiing, traffic, water, pot, global religious freedom ...

Here’s why every community should have its own newspaper. News coverage — and editorial commentary — about local stuff.

Skiing. Water. Water. Traffic. Marijuana. Dogs. Giving religious groups a pass.

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Owners must keep Park City Resort operating — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"The ski industry titans facing off over Park City Mountain Resort may be headed to a truce that would allow the resort to open for the season, and that is a necessity for Park City and the rest of the state. ..."

Provo residents concerned about water rate hikes — Provo Daily Herald Editorial (now that there are such things again)

"Provo made the right move to include a water system improvement plan in its most recent budget.

"Although it wasn’t popular, the decision was based on the city’s water usage. On most days, Provo residents are using more water than the city can deliver — almost twice as much. ..."

State should study groundwater supply — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

"If persistent drought and high temperatures aren’t enough to make New Mexicans wonder how a changing climate will impact the state, a new study on groundwater in the Southwest should be setting off alarm bells. ..."

Light wars in N. Utah — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

" ... Future development is a good problem to have. It brings in jobs and tax revenues. Don’t hamstring it by limiting traffic lights on a major street."

Charging responsible dog owners for the sins of irresponsible dog owners — Oregonian Editorial

"The dog days of summer may have arrived, but Clackamas County’s commissioners aren’t kicking back with mint juleps and folding fans. Quite the contrary, in fact. On Thursday, they’ll consider a handful of regulatory changes that should interest dog owners, both those who license their pets and those who don’t. You know who you are, scofflaws. ..."

Federal contracting executive order needs provisions protecting religious freedom — Deseret News Editorial

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