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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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(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) (middle) Morgan Smith struggles to hold up his beer stein during a stein holding contest during Snowbird's 40th annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Snowbird Ski Resort on August 18, 2012.
We said. They did. Immigration and Oktoberfest ...

Don’t tell them. But it looks like some Utah state officials are taking our advice.

We said this:

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" ... immigration is a federal issue. State lawmakers shouldn’t meddle. Local law enforcement should not be burdened.

"Utahns should accept the end of HB497 and lobby our members of Congress to do their job on that issue."

— from the June 21 Tribune editorial, "Judge wise to void Utah’s immigration crackdown"

They did this:

Utah legislators join letter urging immigration reform — Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Some big-name Utah Republican legislators joined in a letter Tuesday urging the state’s congressional delegation to pass immigration reform this year — and said broad support for such action exists in the GOP. ..."

We said this:

" ... So the division would be wise to not position itself to decide what makes an event ‘for the common good.’ If the applicants meet all the other DABC requirements, they should get to raise their steins."

— from the May 30 Tribune editorial, "Utah liquor regulators overreach with event rules"

And they did this:

— Utah board OKs Snowbird’s Oktoberfest liquor permit — Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune

"As expected, high-alcohol beer, wine and spirits will flow at Snowbird’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, after the state liquor board unanimously approved the ski resort’s request for a single-event permit.

"Today’s decision, approved by a 5-0 vote, puts to rest a month-long controversy that brought national publicity to the state and involved a special hearing with Utah lawmakers. ..."



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