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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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Lt. Mike Murphy of the Newton, Mass., fire dept., carries an American flag down the middle of Boylston Street after observing a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon near the race finish line, Monday, April 22, 2013, in Boston, Mass. At 2:50 p.m., exactly one week after the bombings, many bowed their heads and cried at the makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, three blocks from the site of the explosions, where bouquets of flowers, handwritten messages, and used running shoes were piled on the sidewalk. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Opinion Sampler: About that Boston bomber ...

The rule of law: Boston case belongs in civilian court - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

A young man is lying in a hospital in Boston, now formally accused of planting the bombs that killed three and injured more than 180 others at the finish line of last week’s Boston Marathon. Federal prosecutors have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the bombing, and investigators are reportedly now communicating with the 19-year-old in search of information as to his motivation and connections, if any, to terrorist groups, foreign or domestic.

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That news, on top of all we learned over the past several days about the bombing, the investigation, the chase, the death of Tsarnaev’s older brother in a confrontation with police and the younger man’s arrest, suggest that the American system of justice — local police, state officials, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney — are fully up to the challenge of the investigation and prosecution of this case.

The fiasco of military tribunals — Dana Milbank | The Washington Post/sltrib.com

... compared to civilian trials, the military trials take longer, cost more, have inferior procedures and produce more lenient sentences. Forget about the ideological and legal debates over the military tribunals: The things just don’t work. ...

Boston bomb suspect deserves rights under law — Richard Davis | The Deseret News

... American have the right to feel secure when going to public places and enjoying recreational activities. Those who perpetrated this act wanted to destroy that feeling of safety. They sought to rob Americans of rights and liberties we cherish. That is why it is so vital that yet another American value — our individual civil liberties — not be discarded by Americans ourselves in the wake of this tragedy. ...

By the book on Boston bombing suspect — Denver Post Editorial

The Obama administration made the right call Monday in announcing that it was charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in federal court rather than hold and question him as an "enemy combatant," as several Republican lawmakers and voices such as The Wall Street Journal's editorial page have urged. ...

President or terror suspect, the rule of law applies — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

Justice in bombing can be done in civilian court — Fresno Bee Editorial

Tsarnaev's trial belongs in U.S. civilian court — Des Moines Register Editorial

Boston bombings underscore urgency of immigration reform — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

Opponents of immigration reform, including Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rand Paul of Kentucky, want to slow down legislation in the wake of the Boston bombings. It's no surprise; politicians exploit news events for political gain all the time. But the hypocrisy in this case is particularly transparent. If these lawmakers see a way -- or a reason -- to have prevented 8-year-old Dzhokhar and 15-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev from entering the country 10 years ago, when their parents were granted asylum, we're all ears. ...

Take time to get it right — Everett Herald Editorial



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