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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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Editorials: Cross Checking and strip searching ...

- Nowhere to hide: Court leaves us at the mercy of the police - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"In the Supreme Court’s view, the closest we’ll get to an annual physical is a police strip search."Andy Borowitz

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The United States Supreme Court may rule that Congress has the power to require that all Americans purchase health insurance. Or it may rule that such a law is beyond the power of Congress. It will not rule that Congress must pass such a mandate.

Likewise, the high court’s ruling this week that police may subject any person in their custody to a strip search, even those held on suspicions of minor offenses and who pose no obvious threat, is a permissive ruling, not a mandatory one.

The best we can hope, then, is that the basic humanity of police chiefs, county sheriffs and state patrol commanders across the country will exceed the minimum level of decency set this week by the nation’s maximum court. ...

- High court is wrong on strip-searches - Sacramento Bee Editorial

Even from their exalted perch, Supreme Court justices ought to be able to put themselves in the shoes of those affected by their rulings. ...

- The right to strip search - Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard Editorial

... Does [Justice] Kennedy really believe allowing officers to conduct strip searches, which can also involve body cavity searches, strikes a "reasonable balance"? It would be interesting to know if the justice would feel that way if he had been arrested for a traffic violation and subjected to a strip and cavity search. ...

- Blanket strip-searches in N.J. more than just illegal - Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court justices have ruled it’s not their place to interfere in strip-search procedures at detention centers.

But that doesn’t mean the state can’t. ...

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- The right target: 'Cross Check' is the correct approach - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It has been said that a society ought to focus its criminal justice system to go after the people we have reason to be afraid of, not just the people we might be angry with. This is true whether those we send our law enforcement agents after are natural-born citizens, legal residents or those who are here in violation of immigration law.

And this was, apparently, the thinking behind the recent nationwide sweep carried out by the ongoing Operation Cross Check.

It is the correct approach ...

... It is more humane. ...

... It is more efficient. ...

... And, thus, it is better law enforcement....

- The anniversary of a mistake - Anniston (Ala.) Star Editorial

...The number of functionally illiterate Alabamians is 10 times the estimated amount of illegal immigrants in the state. It is a matter of priorities.

- Immigration control is up to the feds - Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star Editorial

: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/04/02/2292886/our-view-immigration-control-is.html#storylink=cp
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