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JOANNA WEISS

Why not let the bake sale crumble?

Defenders of the school bake sale, rejoice! The Massachusetts Legislature is stepping in to save your homemade lemon squares from the horrors of government overreach!

That was the triumphant news from Beacon Hill this week, after a loud and predictable brouhaha over rules handed down by the state Department of Public Health. Announce a ban on anything — sugary sodas, inefficient light bulbs — and the talk-radio hordes will go wild. And depriving innocent children of the chance to make money selling cupcakes? It’s heresy. The Boston Herald collected dismissive quotes from TV’s “Cake Boss.” Anderson Cooper, arbiter of all things good and right, put the bake sale ban on his “RidicuList.” Now, state lawmakers have cooked up a scheme to allow towns to exempt themselves.

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