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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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- A bitter harvest: Alabama immigrant law rots crops - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The state of Alabama last year took aim at its illegal immigrant population and hit its many produce farmers right in the foot.

This year, Heart of Dixie farmers who produce significant amounts of the nation’s tomatoes, onions, etc., are trying to avoid getting hit in the other foot. They are, according to the Associated Press, planting much less of the crops that require them to hire platoons of people willing and able to toil for hours in the hot sun and, in some cases, are switching to crops that can instead be harvested by machine.

That means a smaller crop of some basic veggies, which will hurt both the farmers who grow them and the consumers who buy them. What it does not seem to mean, so far, is any realization on the part of Alabama’s Gov. Robert Bentley or its Republican legislature that their attempt at writing their own immigration laws not only runs counter to the U.S. Constitution, which confers such power solely in the Congress, but also tries to repeal the law of supply and demand. ...

- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley should have vetoed immigration law revision - Birmingham News Editorial

- Alabama's disgrace - New York Times Editorial

- A crackdown avoided - Juliette Kayyem, The Boston Globe

... something surprising happened in the Magnolia State. While liberals and immigration rights advocates were pinning futile hopes on the Supreme Court invalidating Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, lest other conservative states stampede to pass similar bills, Mississippi conservatives quietly shelved their own version. It now appears that Arizona-type laws are more likely to suffer their demise at the hands of politics rather than judges. ...

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- Reform Hatch Act: End reach into local, state elections - Salt Lake Tribune Editoria

The Hatch Act was passed in 1939 to prohibit federal employees from using U.S. government resources to help elect candidates to public office. It has been successful, and that’s good. But it also prevents employees of local and state governments who are touched in any way by federal funds from running for nonfederal offices. That’s bad, and Congress needs to reform the law.

Just ask former Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner. The Hatch Act is the reason he is former. ...

- The public interest: Important new book looks at government pay - Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

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