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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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(Tribune file photo) Utah ranked dead last among the least wine friendly states in the nation while California received an A-plus rating as the most consumer friendly in a report from the Washington, D.C.-based American Wine Consumer Coalition.
Pro-Am on the Op-ed: Booze, buses, Ordain Women, BYU, raw milk ...

Is there not enough alcohol out there? Or too much?

And, either way, shouldn’t there be more public transit for people who might be drinking?

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The founder of Ordain Women states her case.

BYU overwhelms Provo. In a good way.

Oh, and stay away from raw milk.

Does Utah want its liquor business to improve? — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

" ... it is a good sign that Utah’s state-run liquor monopoly has reached out to its customers with a survey, and the results of that outreach show the state’s 46 liquor outlets could make several moves that would both improve service and, as a result, produce more tax money for school lunches and other state needs.

"The question, of course, is whether the state really wants to better satisfy its customers, who might just consume more alcohol as a result. ..."

Trouble on tap? Colleges turning to beer sales at football games — Deseret News Editorial

"Trouble’s brewing, as universities seeking additional revenues are turning to public beer sales at college football stadiums. This year, 32 universities fielding Division I football teams will sell beer to the general public at their home games. ..."

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UTA still has work to do to gain public trust — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

" ... If UTA cannot demonstrate a better sense for what it means to work for the taxpaying public, then perhaps lawmakers should consider a change in the oversight structure. Some transit agencies even make their top positions an elected office. That comes with its own disadvantages, but at least there would be more direct accountability.

"Until then, UTA leaders have work to do to convince Utahns they know how to handle their money. If they don’t, this won’t be their last audit."

UTA accountability — Deseret News editorial

"Gov. Gary Herbert would like more elected officials to be part of the Utah Transit Authority board, a move he feels would increase the level of accountability in the wake of yet another troubling legislative audit of the agency.

"That would be a positive step going forward. However, he and other public officials must demand greater accountability for the past, as well. ..."

In Utah, we bribe the rich, punish the poor — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

" ... Tuesday, the top brass of the Utah Transit Authority collected the Salt Lake Chamber’s President’s Award for Excellence, given in recognition of, among other successes, bringing in the expansion of its TRAX light rail system significantly ahead of schedule and remarkably under budget.

"The community’s primary business organization liked how UTA had done well by behaving ‘just like a business.’

"Then much of the same UTA leadership had to scurry up to the Capitol to be called on a very rough carpet by leaders of the Utah Legislature because a performance audit had caught the agency operating, well, just like a business.

"Not a very wise or stable business, perhaps, but a particular variety of private sector attitude that pollutes the whole community. ..."

Opposing UTA can be politically risky — Paul Rolly | The Salt Lake Tribune

"What do Forrest Cuch, Kevin Jones, Ronald Rood, Derinna Kopp and Doug Clark have in common?

"They were fired from their state jobs after they expressed concerns about the Utah Transit Authority’s proposed FrontRunner station in Draper. ..."

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Semi-related to all of the above: Sunday’s Tribune cover story, about the resurgence of downtown Salt Lake City and the many younger people moving there, includes references to UTA’s TRAX light rail and, especially in the photo gallery, the alcohol-inclusive night life.

The vibe is back in downtown Salt Lake City — Tony Semerad | The Salt Lake Tribune

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Elseweb:

As sisters in Zion, inclusion of women is common goal — Kate Kelly | For The Salt Lake Tribune

" ,... Our common goal as Mormon feminists is to strive to make our church a more open and inclusive place for all women. While we may have different asks, methods and priorities, we can build on our common belief that we are all children of our Heavenly Parents, and son and daughter alike deserve to be treated as such. ..."

Welcome back, BYU — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

"If Provo feels a little more crowded in the coming weeks, that’s because the city’s population just grew by about 30,000 people.

"BYU is back in session for the fall semester. ..."

Stay away from raw milk — Leigh Washburn | For The St. George Spectrum

" ... The so-called benefits of raw vs. pasteurized milk are largely myth-based. The Centers for Disease Control and the Utah Department of Public Health have good information, but to be useful, people have to read it. Summarizing the more important points:

"• Pasteurization doesn’t denature milk’s important nutrients. Just because it’s ‘natural’ doesn’t make raw milk any more nutritious than pasteurized. ..."



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