HOT BLAST: Alabama and states 'veering off the mainstream'
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Immigration law protestors gather outside the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. About 400 demonstrators protested House Bill 56 which is considered one of the strongest immigration laws in the nation.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Immigration law protestors gather outside the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. About 400 demonstrators protested House Bill 56 which is considered one of the strongest immigration laws in the nation. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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A few days ago, New York Times columnist Bill Keller wrote a splendid op-ed that highlighted, as he put it, the states that have "gone wild" by passing all sorts odd laws that hardly seem necessary in recent years.

Keller writes, "It feels as if every news cycle brings another seemingly random example of a state veering off the mainstream, especially on these issues of personal liberty. What's up with that?"

You'll be happy to know that Keller did not mention Alabama — though he could have and probably should have, too.

Remember, Alabama's current GOP-dominated Legislature has passed a xenophobic illegal-immigration law and, in this session, quickly passed the controversial Alabama Accountability Act that allows for students to transfer (with tax credits for their parents) from "failing" schools to other public or private schools.

Yes, The Times' Keller should have mentioned Alabama.

— Phillip Tutor
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