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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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(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) Backpacker camping in the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park.
Pundits on saving public land, taxing private land, beer in Utah County and pizza for wolves ...

Greater Canyonlands: right idea, wrong method — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"It may be more a question of when than if President Obama will wave his presidential scepter and create a new national monument in southern Utah. If he does, it will be a good end but a bad means. ..."

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Best use, best care — Deseret News Editorial

" ... One way of accommodating such multiple expectations in public lands policy has been to think in terms of multiple use — especially for BLM lands. Multiple use may suggest "more" use, which in turn may suggest "better." But multiple use is inherently uncertain and unstable. What public lands policy could benefit from is certainty from a process that identifies the "best" uses for those lands. ..."

Tax appraisals need consistency — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

"Davis County homeowners who experience severe "sticker shock" on the market values of their homes as assessed for tax valuation notices have a right to be both surprised and displeased by the huge increases. ..."

No beer at Tough Mudder? Tough — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

"Utah County is doing just fine without beer at large public events, and we urge County Commissioners to reject a proposal to change its current ordinance. ..."

What are wolves supposed to do? Order a pizza? — Arizona Republic Editorial

"Be glad you aren’t a Mexican gray wolf.

"The federal agency charged with restoring this endangered predator to the wild wants to retain a death penalty for wolves that kill livestock and impose a new capital offense for eating too many deer, elk and other wild ungulates.

"What are the wolves supposed to do? Call out for pizza? ..."

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