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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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Diana Saravia, 10, of Beltsville, Md., left, demonstrates along with members of immigration rights organizations, including Casa in Action and Maryland Dream Act, demonstrate in front of the White House as they call on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Editorial Sampler: Immigration reform. Now.

How Utah can lead: Time to bring out the Utah Compact — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The flow of votes in last week’s presidential election showed a Utah in retrograde. Mitt Romney lost the nation but won a higher percentage of the vote here — 73 percent — than he did in any other state.

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But as the other results of the election are considered, there is an area where Utah can provide some much-needed leadership. And that is the issue of immigration reform.

The Utah Compact, a statement of principles adopted by the state’s political, civic, business and religious leaders two years ago this week, has outlined a humane, sensible path for the nation to address this issue. ...

Finally, the Latino vote is taken seriously — Sacramento Bee Editorial

Elections do mean something. Tuesday’s vote offered clarity on some key issues – from Obamacare to tax cuts for wealthier Americans to solving deficits with a combination of tax increases and spending cuts.

And the growing, one-sided 71 percent vote among Latinos for the president already has shifted the discussion on the nation’s broken immigration policy. ...

Latino voters turn the tide — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

... It’s a matter of respect, of tone and of Republicans not sending the message that an ethnic America is somehow less real than the majority Anglo America they enshrine in memory. As (Sen. Mark) Rubio told Fox’s Juan Williams back in April: "It’s very hard to take the economic argument to people who think you want to deport their grandmother." ...

A chance for immigration reform — San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

The country is now in the midst of one of the all-time political backpedals, a reversal that’s overdue and worth examining. It’s about immigration, which Republicans turned into a no-go issue that ended up playing heavily in Mitt Romney’s defeat. ...

Focus on immigration — Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard Editorial

GOP should join Democrats on pushing for reform

The GOP needs to be re-embrace an immigration policy to rank better among the minority community — Deseret News Editorial

Hispanic vote sent a message — Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial

... Obama admitted that immigration reform was one of the biggest failures in his first term, and said it would be a priority in his second one. There is good reason to be optimistic. Republicans in Congress can’t afford to ignore political reality after the stinging rebuke they received from Hispanic voters. ...

The Political Inevitability of Immigration Reform — Bloomberg View Editorial

... Republicans have two options. They can join the White House in shaping immigration reform, all the while knowing that the president will get the lion’s share of credit. This is politically unappealing in the short term, which is certainly one reason Republicans have resisted it. However, the alternative promises even more dispiriting political consequences. ...

Fix immigration now — Washington Post Editorial

Immigration reform won’t be enough to save GOP — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

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