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Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
 

The New York Times is aghast that changes to neighboring Ohio's election law mean that, among other things, those seeking absentee ballots will have to pay their own return postage. What, in the minds of wacko “progressives,” this is some kind of “poll tax”? The Buckeye State also is reining in “early voting” and “same-day registration.” Critics consider this an affront to minorities. Really? Why is it that we have an Election Day again? ... Don't look now but everything you've ever been told about the dangers of consuming saturated fats appears to be false. At least that's what a new study suggests in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers caution that the findings should not be an invitation to once again load up on such foods. As per always, the key to good health remains having a balanced diet of multiple food groups. And that now appears to include a loaded triple hamburger. ... The Wall Street Journal details yet another thuggish case of federal lawlessness. The Labor Department erroneously (and we would say maliciously) targeted three Oregon berry growers for wage and child labor law violations that didn't exist. It extorted (and that's the only appropriate word for it) a quarter-million dollars out of the trio to release millions of dollars of berries that otherwise would have spoiled. The department also extracted a no-sue agreement. But two of the growers sued anyway and an Oregon judge sided with them. The matter is on appeal. The bottom line, however, is that the Labor Department should be prosecuted for rackets violations.

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