Hi Readers — This just in! The top elected official in Oregon’s Multnomah County apologized to Julie Murphy, age 7, who was threatened with a fine for running a lemonade stand without a permit. Here’s a breath of fresh air, common sense and just plain summer joy from OregonLive.com:
the county inspectors were doing their job, [the county Chairman Jeff] Cogen said, the rules are meant for professional food service operators.
Inspectors need to use professional judgment, he said. “This isn’t something we need to be using our limited resources to crack down on,” he said.
What’s more, Cogen said, he can identify with Julie, noting that he ran lemonade stands as a child and so have his own kids.
When more officials use their hearts and brains instead of being zero-tolerance automatons, we will live in a land of lemonade and honey. — Lenore
P.S. I will be at BlogHer on Friday. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!