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Fruitful protests

by Mel Bracht and The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm •  Published: February 7, 2012

Taylor Muller, 15, feeds goats on her family's farm near Martha, Okla., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. A proposal from the Department of Labor would affect what youth can do when working on farms. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Taylor Muller, 15, feeds goats on her family's farm near Martha, Okla., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. A proposal from the Department of Labor would affect what youth can do when working on farms. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Although the Obama administration may be slow learners, we give them credit for listening to protests about proposed changes in laws for child farm laborers. The U.S. Department of Labor backtracked on a set of rules that would make many farming chores illegal for children younger than 16. The changes would have had a negative impact on America’s family farms and ranches. “The department’s proposals, though well intentioned, were far too encompassing and limiting to farming youth,” said Ed Luttrell, president of the National Grange, a rural advocacy group. Where common sense is called for, federal regulators usually offer dust in the wind. Thankfully these proposed farm rules were blown away by protests from farm groups.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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