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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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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank talks about the multiple issues involved in her ion drug addiction as he stands with leaders of The Metro Narcotics Task Force and its partners as they announce the seizure of 31 pounds of heroin during a press conference at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Salt Lake City District Office in Salt Lake City, Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Recent highlights from the Op-Ed Pro-Am ...

You never know who will walk through that door — Charles McCollum | Logan Herald-Journal

"Every crazy person in town eventually winds up in the local newspaper office. ..."

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And that doesn’t even count the people who work there! (Rim shot)

OK, get serious:

Utah cops conduct a sadly honest drug bust — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

" ... Officials even admitted that the short-term effect of their busts would be to shrink the supply and thus — by laws of economics that are beyond the reach of any cop, lawyer or legislator — boost the price of heroin on the street.

"While that might cause some users to go home and rethink their lives, others will just have to work harder — i.e., steal more — to afford their fixes. ..."

Marijuana acceptance will lead to social costs — Jay Evensen | Deseret News

" ... These battles are bound to spread nationwide as popular opinion moves in the direction of legalization. And make no mistake, that is where it’s going. Even the New York Times editorial board recently advocated for legalization, referring to the "vast" social costs of keeping the drug illegal, but brushing aside the costs on the other end. It called ‘addiction and dependence … relatively minor problems’. ..."

New methods to consume alcohol open danger door — Lois Langraf | For The Colorado Springs Gazette

" ... "Vaping" is a process where alcohol is heated in a device similar to a vaporizer and inhaled, usually through a straw. Vaping has been described by users as causing an immediate and intense high. Normally, when a drink is taken, alcohol is absorbed 10 percent through the stomach and 85 percent in the small intestine.

"By bypassing the digestive system, vaping causes alcohol to be ingested directly to the bloodstream through the lungs. This causes dangerous levels of intoxication. ..."

Ferguson is our future, written in the past — Ben Fulton | For The Salt Lake Tribune

" ... No personal hand-wringing compensates for the sight of war-torn streets, chanting protesters, firebombs and the sight of faces doused in milk to stanch the scalding burn of tear gas. Among the countless "deep reads" on the Ferguson crisis, many point to the worrisome trend of a more militarized police force across our nation’s municipalities. But racism is a sub-set of fear. Fear is bred by distrust. And distrust thrives best when people live apart. ..."

I grew up black in St. Louis. Here’s why I left — Ace Robinson | For The Seattle Times

Poll: Utahns Mixed on Support for Common Core Standards, Most Don’t Understand Them — Bryan Schott |Utahpolicy.com

"A plurality of Utahns don’t support the Common Core Standards, but most don’t know what they are in the first place. ..."

Demilitarize law enforcement — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

"The Box Elder County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has a gre­nade launcher. We await, with some trep­i­da­tion, the need for law en­force­ment in Box Elder County to uti­lize a gre­nade launcher. ..."

An Adjudicated Peace — Randy Stapilus | For The Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News

"Thirty years ago, Idaho was locked in a political civil war. The stakes could not have been higher: Water, and who got to control Idaho’s.

"I remember the politics of that season, when what mattered was less budget and taxes, or even whether you were a Republican or Democrat. The big deal was about whether you were for or against subordination. ..."

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