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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 | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City resident Jared Campbell generates more power than he can use from the 40 photovoltaic panels on the roofs of his garage and Highland Park home. On a sunny summer day, his home pipes 40 kilowatts into Rocky Mountain Power's grid, yet Utah's largest utility contends this power is not all that valuable. RMP is seeking to impose a monthly $4.65 "facilities charge" on net-metered customers like Campbell to ensure they pay their share of the grid's fixed costs.
Western Editorials: Solar power fees, poison in the tea, water, gas and ‘The Boyfriend Factor’ ...

Editorial writers around the West on some of the basics of life. Electricity. Water. Gas. Wilderness. Child care. Iced tea.

Utah PSC was right to deny solar power surcharge — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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"The Utah Public Service Commission made what a football coach might describe as a good no-call Friday when it ruled that, for now, Rocky Mountain Power will not be allowed to assess an extra fee for customers with their own solar generating systems. ..."

City smart to examine energy efficiency — St. George Spectrum Editorial

"The city of St. George appears ready to take on a relatively low-risk endeavor to make its buildings more energy efficient. And that could translate into savings to the city’s taxpayers over the next 15 years. ..."


A rare reaction of grace — Deseret News Editorial

" ... There has been an outpouring of public sympathy for Jan Harding, a 67-year-old retired schoolteacher, and her husband, Jim, who was with her at a South Jordan restaurant when she sipped an ice tea beverage in which sweetening agents were laced with a powerful dose of lye. Having been thrust before the public eye as a result of tragic happenstance, Jim Harding has responded with uncommon candor, optimism and empathy. ..."

Tea party trouncing reflects voters’ verdict — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

" ... The vibe the current crop of tea partiers exuded indicated that they would have spent their terms being impossible. The people of the Cowboy State sensed that. Thus they handed the keys to the kingdom to folks who are attuned to the realization that governing demands far more than serial complaining. ..."


Delta spats making water experts of us all — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

" ... It can take a lifetime of learning to suss out the complexities of the provenance and the delivery systems of water in California.

"But laypeople are having to develop at least a surface-level understanding of how water works if they are to be at all competent in making the kinds of decisions the body politic is charged with during this era of climate change on the one hand and cyclical drought periods on the other — the former probably compounding the latter. ..."

Don’t Skimp on Gas Oversight — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial

"Idaho should learn from the mistakes of others and avoid at all costs shortchanging the regulatory end of the state’s burgeoning natural gas play. ...

" ... Sir Isaac Newton nailed it: There are no consequence-free actions. ..."

Let’s stick together to protect Montana’s last best wildlands — Billings Gazette Editorial


The boyfriend factor — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

" ... We understand that all families are different, that there are certainly boyfriends who take excellent care of children within their lives. But statistics show that "the boyfriend factor" is a concern. The risks of having a live-in boyfriend in the home must be considered when deciding what’s best for young ones. According to Jenny Johnson, of the Utah Department of Health, 30 percent of shaken-baby perpetrators are the mother’s boyfriend. As mentioned, it’s usually a young male between 20 and 33 — with virtually no experience in caring for children — who commits the crime. ..."

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