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  • George Pyle: Thank God we’re making some changes on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board
    “Thank God you’re here, Pyle!” That used to be a favored greeting directed at me and other Salt Lake Tribune staffers, at least among some of the old...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Billboard in Utah County on I-15 between Center Street and University Parkway in Provo Tuesday April 11, 2017. Debate: With Trump in the White House, Chaffetz finds the thrill is gone ...
    I did NOT see this coming. — Chaffetz won’t seek re-election, leaves option for 2020 gubernatorial run — Thomas Burr, Matt Canham and Courtney Tanner ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 01:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Expressing their displeasure, supporters of Mary Beckerle, acclaimed researcher at Hunstman Cancer Institute, react to the news that she was fired from her post as CEO and director of the Institute. The vocal group attended a meeting at the Health Sciences Education Building on the University of Utah. In an email sent Monday afternoon, Vivian Lee, senior Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Utah announced the departure with no reason given. Debate: Academic politics. When the stakes are not small at all ...
    There’s an old saw about academic politics being the most vicious because they matter the least. Or not. — Acclaimed researcher fired from top post at...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Tribune digital editor Rachel Piper, left, reporters Jessica Miller, Erin Alberty, Alex Stuckey and Managing Editor Sheila McCann celebrate as The Salt Lake Tribune)   wins its second Pulitzer Prize in its nearly 150-year history Monday, earning the nod in local reporting for its groundbreaking investigation of rape at Utah colleges. George Pyle: My degrees of Pulitzer Prize separation
    I am among those who are deliriously happy for the team of editors, reporters and photographers who did the hard, long and often gut-wrenching work th...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 05:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Tribune digital editor Rachel Piper, left, reporters Jessica Miller, Erin Alberty, Alex Stuckey and Managing Editor Sheila McCann celebrate as The Salt Lake Tribune)   wins its second Pulitzer Prize in its nearly 150-year history Monday, earning the nod in local reporting for its groundbreaking investigation of rape at Utah colleges. Debate: Those Pulitzer winners and me ...
    [Video: The Announcement. Tribune bit at about 6:30. Storm Lake Times part at 7:58.] I am among those who are deliriously happy for the team of edit...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 03:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • George Pyle: Where’s our protection from upstart competition?
    In a world where legacy businesses don’t have to out-think, out-innovate or out-serve upstart disruptive competitors. In a world where giant power uti...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   The Utah Capitol steps were covered with 600 pairs of shoes in February , representing the lives lost to suicide in 2016. With teen suicide rates rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Utah Department of Health support collecting data on sexual orientation among Utah high schools students, but key school districts have blocked the move, deeming the issue too sensitive for a school survey. Debate: Sex surveys, students and student journalism ...
    Any more, just about everything that happens reminds me of something that happened a long time ago. Here’s what’s happening now: — Utah school distric...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 10:33 am   |     |   Share
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    File - In this June 23, 2012, file photo, inmates watch as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gives a tour for church leaders through a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail called ’Tent City’ in Phoenix. Newly elected Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced Tuesday, April 4, 2017, that he will be closing the tent city jail in the coming months and relocating inmates to other jails. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) Debate: A Tale of Two Tent Cities
    Guy tells his doctor he’s been having strange dreams. “Sometimes I’m a wigwam. Sometimes I’m a tepee. What does it mean, Doc?” “Obviously, you’re two ...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Robert Redford, left, and Dustin Hoffman in ’All The President’s Men.’ Debate: Redford remembers something serious. I remember what may be the biggest laugh he ever got...
    In honor of this compelling op-ed contribution from Robert Redford ... — 45 years after Watergate, the truth is again in danger — Robert Redford | Spe...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: Jason Chaffetz as the point of contention ...
    — ‘I want Chaffetz out of that seat’: D.C. resident starts anti-Chaffetz PAC — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune “Lynette Craig has a sort-of pe...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 12:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Angry citizens heckle Salt lake County Mayor Ben McAdams as the enter the Draper Park Middle School auditorium, for an open house for two new potential homeless shelter sites in the Draper area, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.   George Pyle: Some more Mormon influence, please
    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve go...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 03:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the Tribune editorial board, Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Debate: We said, Veto, veto, veto. He said, Yes, no, no ...
    The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board last month urged Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill, passed in the recent session of the Legislature, that wo...
    Updated Mar 29 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., departs after speaking to the media after a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Debate: Medicaid expansion rides again ...
    — Obamacare is what we have to work with. Fix it. — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... For seven years, the Republicans who rule this state without sig...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 12:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Debate: Who didn’t kill Obamacare? It’s no mystery ...
    — Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems — Hope Yen | Associated Press | Salt Lake Tribune “ President Donald Trump on Sunday attac...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake Tribune columnist George Pyle, makes a comment during the ’Fake or Fact: What is News?’ forum at the Salt Lake Public Library, Wednesday, March 22,2017.   George Pyle: The truth depends on your point of view
    “So, what I told you was true ... from a certain point of view.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi For just about ever, it has been us tweed and scruff liberals w...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 08:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    Scott Winterton  |  Pool West Jordan city councilman Jeffery David Haaga and his attorney Tyler Ayres turn to leave the court judge Judge Clinton E. Balmforth in South Jordan Justice Court on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Debate: West Jordan’s Haaga resigns. Just like we told him to. Six months ago...
    — West Jordan City Council member should resign after trying to hide behind his office — Tribune Editorial, August 2, 2017 “It appears that Jeff Haaga...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 10:41 am   |     |   Share
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  • George Pyle: Health care drowns when pools get too small
    These days, millions of Americans are reading in the paper about how the price of their health insurance might skyrocket. If they can get it at all. A...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Humpback whales are organizing in large numbers. Star Trek? Or Hitchhiker’s Guide?
    — Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why — Sara Chodosh | Popular Science “The world is ending and only the whales know....
    Updated Mar 16 2017 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Bagley vs. Bleiler - Colorado and the Outdoor Retailers ...
    — Why Colorado doesn’t deserve the Outdoor Retailer show — Gretchen Bleiler | For High Country News “I grew up snowboarding in two of the best states ...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Debate: Republicans have steered Obamacare into its ‘death spiral’
    “The Earth is not dying. It is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.” — Utah Phillips “Of course we know the Ira...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 03:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    Vice President Mike Pence arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, for a Senate Republican strategy session. The White House and Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to shore up support for their health care bill after findings from the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 14 million people would lose insurance coverage in the first year alone under the GOP replacement for Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Trumpcare. The prognosis is not good...
    In which, we take out back and shoot the idea that if everyone hates what you are doing, you must be doing something right. — Breitbart News Leads T...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • George Pyle: An iPhone isn’t a trap, it’s a way out
    A Facebook friend writes: “You’d think the kind of guy who resents having to give free stuff to ‘poorer Americans’ would be strongly in favor of said...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    File-In this file photo from Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, people wait to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. Each year, Apple dazzles its devoted fans with faster, sleeker, more powerful iPhones with better cameras and a bevy of bells and whistles. So, what’s to become of last year’s model? Instead of sentencing it to a lonely existence in a desk drawer, there are plenty of ways to reuse, recycle or resell older phones. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Debate: Chaffetz’s iPhone gaffe takes on a life of its own ...
    Video: This bit from Conan O’Brien’s shop takes for granted that everyone knows about the stupid crack Jason Chaffetz made about choosing health care ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., left, joined by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., holds up a copy of the original Affordable Care Act bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, as the GOP leadership talks about its work on the long-awaited Republican plan to repeal and replace ’Obamacare.’ (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Jason and the Anti-Obamanauts. Day 2
    [Video: See. I told you Stephen Colbert would be all over the new Republican health care plan. And that he couldn’t do that without taking a good whac...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 01:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: Jason Chaffetz — God’s gift to editorial writers, Twitter, liberals, Colbert ...
    Utah 3rd District Rep. Jason Chaffetz walked into a buzzsaw this morning by saying on CNN that poor people don’t have access to health insurance becau...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Matthew Weinstein, of Voices for the Children, talks during the Our Schools Now press conference at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 23, 2017. Our Schools Now is trying to allow Utahns to vote on a ballot measure to increase the state income tax with the extra money going to local schools. Debate: Taxing the basics. ‘Thirty-seven states have already figured this out ... with the exception of Utah.’
    Utah lawmakers are looking to bring the sales tax charged on groceries back up to the full rate. Idaho lawmakers are looking to remove their sales tax...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 12:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • George Pyle: When the broken-hearted people in the world agree
    It’s a line in a song that has always caused me to stop and think. Or maybe just stop and feel. They played it last week up at the University of Utah...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
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    This Jan. 20, 2016, photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during news conference, in Salt Lake City. Chaffetz says he’ll vote for Donald Trump, despite withdrawing his endorsement. The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee said in a tweet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, he’d doing it because he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is bad for the country, but he won’t defend or endorse the Republican nominee. A spokeswoman confirmed the tweet Thursday. Chaffetz says a third-party candidate wouldn’t have a serious chance of winning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Debate: Cause and effect? As goes Utah ...
    This morning: — Chaffetz is first congressional Republican to say Sessions should recuse himself from Russia investigation — Thomas Burr | The Salt La...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville explains HB93 during the Senate Judiciary Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Monday February 27, 2017. HB93 prohibits consideration of diversity issues in the judicial nominating process. Debate: Connecting some dots ...
    We said: — Legislature should not stop judicial nominating process from diversifying the bench — Tribune Editorial, Feb. 17 “A strong argument can be ...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Salt Lake City- Stella Grill bartender Taylor Pape (right) makes a drink as manager Erin O’Conner sits at the counter and is reflected in what the restaurant calls the ’Zion Curtain’ which is a glass divider that separates the counter area from the bar area of the restaurant  Wednesday July 2, 2008.  Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)   7/2/08 Debate: Liquor laws get real. (In Minnesota.)
    While we are going around and around to make Utah’s liquor laws more complicated: — Utah should keep the Zion Curtain. No, really. — Robert Gehrke — T...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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