Meatless Mondays initiative discussed at Oak Park village board meeting

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Pro-meat, anti-meat, vegetarian or vegan —no matter where people stand on the carnivorousness continuum, the question of if beef should be "what's for dinner" is becoming a topic of discussion in Oak Park.

The public comment portion of Monday's village board meeting brought out two doctors, a health-conscious resident and a high school student who advocated for the concept of Meatless Mondays to increase awareness about poor animal care, cheap meat manufacturing and what they perceive is a culture shift toward meat-lovers (where bacon is practically a side-salad to any meal).

Admittedly, two of the speakers weren't vegetarians, nor were most of the trustees who supported the concept later in the meeting, but the issue was brought to the board's attention Monday because it's expected to be the topic of discussion at an Oak Park board of health meeting next week. The commenters urged the village board to pass a resolution encouraging the concept of Meatless Mondays not as an anti-meat proposition, but more of an awareness campaign to both encourage local restaurants to offer more meatless options, and also to get people thinking about where their favorite slabs of meat come from.

Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna, an Oak Park resident, said several communities including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles have already bought into the concept. She thinks Oak Park's progressive mindset is ideal for the campaign.

"Oak Park is already known for being a community with a social conscience," she said. "Embracing Meatless Mondays would be another way for us to promote healthy eating and sustainable living in our village."

She cited the lifestyle change of former President Bill Clinton, who went vegan, giving up dairy and eggs to shake off potential heart disease. The American Medical Association, the doctor said, has produced much research about the health issues associated with antibiotics and large-scale meat production.

Cheryl Munoz, the co-founder of the Sugar Beet Co-Op in Oak Park, said she isn't vegetarian but is supporting the concept because of the shift in our food industry toward meat-eating habits. With some meats costing less than fresh vegetables, she said it's easy to see why it's over consumed.

"Meatless Mondays is a great start, but I'd actually prefer to call it mindful Mondays." she said. "It inspires our community to take a deeper look at our food system and to support programs that support community health, farms and the humane treatment of livestock."

Dr. Paul Schattauer, who operates The Green Medical Practice in Oak Park, also said he's researched the chronic illness, cancers and obesity linked to too much fatty meat. He also isn't a vegetarian, but said all evidence suggests the way we eat meat has changed and so must our lifestyles.

"We now have an explosion of research to show us exactly what the mechanism is to reverse these illnesses," he said. "Meatless Mondays I feel will raise a level of awareness that will make a difference. It's another tool. …I will write Meatless Mondays (prescriptions) for my patients."

During public comment, Village President Anan Abu-Taleb, who also liked the concept of Meatless Mondays, referenced a book written by a doctor, and simply asked: "Who argues that you should not eat anything that has a face or a mother," he said, with laughter in his voice as he posed the question.

OPRF senior Angelica Haennicke, who leads the vegetarian club at school, said the discussion about healthy food, or the lack thereof, is a constant buzz in the lunchroom. She agreed the "staple" of a high school diet may be a burger and fries, but she hopes the high school will bring more options than simply a wrap station for people who want healthier choices.

"We know what we should be eating, but we haven't been given the best tools to implement these skills," she said. The lack of protein options and the "unappetizing salads" offered aren't cutting it for those who seek meatless options, and she hopes support from the village could spark the high school to make a change.

"Though it might be met with opposition as some changes are, Meatless Mondays would prove to be an innovative part of the OPRF community," Haennicke said.

Although the item was simply a part of public comment, following the regular agenda trustees weighed in briefly on their thoughts. Of the board members who spoke about the concept, all except Peter Barber backed the concept. Barber thinks the idea is fine, but suggested the village leave it up to the board of health and not be overly involved since he didn't see it as a high priority for the village.

Trustee Adam Salzman reminded his colleague that the board of health doesn't involve much staff time and is a citizen run group. He, among other trustees, supported the concept. Salzman said he's (mostly) a vegetarian.

"I'm a vegetarian, except when I'm not," he said. "I have an occasional lapse."

The issue of Meatless Mondays was on a previous agenda for the board of health. The discussion was tabled for its May 28 meeting when the group is expected to hear about efforts by OPRF food service to encourage less meat consumption.

Oak Park to apply for federal TIGER grants

Once the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $474 million in available funding for the competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, Oak Park got its plans in gear.

The village has made two unsuccessful bids at previous rounds of TIGER grants on a similar project, but village officials hope the third time is the charm.

The deadline to apply for the grants is June 3, and the village board gave staff the approval needed to submit a proposal under its discretion. Due to the time crunch, the board had to approve this decision without knowing exactly how much staff would agree Oak Park could foot for the project.

The grant regulations specify that a proposal include a 20 percent local match for the project. Oak Park is putting together a plan to submit that involved public infrastructure investments around public transit in what's considered the Greater Downtown Districts in town. Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said this includes areas in dire need of repair that will be addressed over time, but could be done more quickly if Oak Park is awarded federal funding.

The maximum grant the village would pursue provides for an estimated $42 million total project costs, which would make Oak Park's match about $8.5 million. A higher local match, however, could strengthen the village's chances and may be a tactic village staff employs. Most projects aren't granted the maximum amount.

According to a village memo prepared by Assistant Village Manager Rob Cole, "based upon historical TIGER grant awards, it is more likely that the village could receive a grant for approximately 50 percent of the total project costs." In that event the local match would be approximately $4.25 million.

The local match can be offset, in part, by expenses that would have been funded through the village's capital budget, according to the memo. Fixing deteriorating infrastructure, whether it's aging streets, walkways or sewer projects, could all be components of the grant application. Streetscape and more pedestrian and bike friendly options could be other components.

The project's scope includes: Lake Street from Harlem to Euclid and public streets, north and south of Lake which connect public transportation to the Downtown Oak Park Business District, the Hemingway District (formerly The Avenue) and the Pleasant District. The village typically has an annual process of determining which public infrastructure projects to tackle to keep its districts "livable," "vibrant" and connected to public transportation. Securing TIGER grant funds, however, could speed that process up and leave money in the bank for Oak Park.

 

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John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 2:13 PM

Not sure that Meatless Monday can be an ordinance ?" Def: an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command. MM has been described by the board and the press as a voluntary action. That implies no legal obligations or penalties associated with the actions. A suggestion or symbolic action is not grounds for an ordinance. If not an ordinance, perhaps the board could endorse MM through a board resolution -- A simple statement of support for MM. The problem is the "meatless" resolution would probably contain ingredients that could contain life threatening danger to health. Multiple organization exist that contain life threatening chemicals, or foods that can cause allergenic reactions, for instance; GMO genetically modified organisms , BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), Yellow #5, Propylene glycol alginate (E405), Polysorbate 60, Enriched flour, lactose, peanuts, eggs, french fries. etc. Could these organizations ask the Oak Park board to promote their food dangers to OP's residents? Will we wind up with board resolutions that clutter the village with warnings? Meatless Monday has more risks than the board has considered.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 1:57 PM

stacy: Well put.

stacy from oak park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 10:44 AM

The correct behavior and response from the local gov should have been, "thank you for sharing your thoughts, however this governement will not be interfering with the rights of business, its residents or visitors with respect to the consumtion of food items." As for me, I don't appreciate ANYONE interferring in my life who hasn't been personally invited. I am an American. STAY OUT!

Homer Simpson  

Posted: May 27th, 2013 10:52 PM

Mmmmmmm..........Burger.

People Eating Tasty Animals  

Posted: May 27th, 2013 9:47 PM

I hereby pledge to eat suckling pig, foie gras, osso buco, ortolan (Google it if you're unfamiliar), bluefin tuna and/or rare young lamb every Monday shamelessly and on open public display on the sacred brick pavers of DTOP.

Jack Hughes from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: May 27th, 2013 5:43 PM

The U.S. should declare PORK the national meat - then require everyone to eat PORK at least once a week (enforce with IRS, DOJ, DHS,EPA et.al.)

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 3:22 PM

@OPRez, The Board spent about 2 minutes on this. The other 20 minutes was non-agenda public comment. Why this is a front page story is beyond me. And now the Trib is writing about it--most likely because it was a front page WJ story!

4 Freedom  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 10:16 AM

It is the hypocrisy of people like this using government to promote (and in some cases force) their agenda as they at the same time cry foul when others do the same that creates resentment defeating the purpose of what may be a good cause. Might it be a better idea to partner with local restaurants, commerce organizations and maybe even the WJ to create awareness? I know I would support it if it were more grassroots rather then forced down my throat (almost literally) by the government.

OPRez  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 9:17 AM

For our board to spend any time on this is ridiculous. Total waste of time and if they need ideas of things to discuss, we have much more important issues than what people choose to eat on Mondays.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 1:13 AM

WJ - Want to change the eating habits of elected officials, village hall execs, business owners, social clubs, etc. If the ordinance passes, have spies out on Meatless Mondays taking photos of "OP Famous" eating meat and violating the spirit of MMs.

4 Freedom the Striving Vegan  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 11:33 PM

The hypocrisy. If I had a guess these no-meat people also hate how Wall Street is in bed with the Federal Government, but feel it's OK to use our government to push their own feel-good agenda. Or, they don't want the government to tell them who to marry but then want the government to tell us what to eat. This is ridiculous. Find somewhere else to promote your convictions.

Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 6:50 PM

Here's another idea: How about "Eat somewhere other than Oak Park on Monday's". Hey if Johnny's or Buona Beef on Roosevelt would serve pepper and eggs sandwiches on Monday, then you could kill two causes with one meal!

Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 6:48 PM

Add me to the list of people who are going to go out of their way to eat on Mondays now (usually, I do not eat that much meat, but I hate political correctness of any shape or form).

Chris from OP  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 4:23 PM

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/ct-talk-oakpark-meatless-20130527,0,2349099.story Thanks for embarrassing me guys

My beef  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 1:21 PM

I'm going to assume that animals will generate the same amount of waste whether they are on a factory farm or roaming free. The meat industry is moving away from confinement anyway. Not eating meat, or eating meat, is a personal choice. There is a lot of hypocrisy that goes on here. For example, I'm more concerned about all the SUVs around town. Should the government tell people what to drive?

Tashabear from River Forest  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 6:26 AM

The pollution caused by factory farming effects all of us. Here are some facts no one can argue with: The EPA estimates that confined animals generate more raw waste than humans in the US, waste lagoons in CAFO's pollute groundwater, and factory farms pollute the air by producing large amounts of methane, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia. The poorly thought out assumption that animals are of less value than humans needs to be questioned by all of us.

MEATLOVING MONDAY!  

Posted: May 24th, 2013 12:45 AM

The concept of time and priority is obviously lost on village elders. The era of clothing, car, shoe, and record store retailing is fading. The only way this village is going to have a vibrant downtown is to encourage more eating and drinking. Its that simple. Why the trend toward urbanization? Because that's where the fun is. The sooner the village wakes up to the fact that Burgers and Beer drive tax revenue to support schools, the better our downtown and village will be. BEEF FOREVER!!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:32 PM

Bridgett - I tried to give you an answer to your wonderings about why the WJ giving Meatless Monday in its board meeting story. I gave it. You disagreed with it. I can live with that.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:20 PM

@John, How could this possibly be a "big item for the board?" There were 20 minutes of public comment about MM, which the board does not have control over public comment. And then some very brief and very casual comments from board members at the end about MM (in the same breath as talking about OP being in the next edition of Chicago Magazine, and how great the Wright Walk was). So from my vantage point, WJ is making this a "big item," not the board. And why? I have no idea.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:01 PM

@John,#1,the Board didn't"jump on the issue."They made casual remarks@the closing of the meeting about it.#2,no vote is needed.There was interest shown,so Carla will put a motion on a future agenda 2 formally refer it 2 the commission.#3,it's false that "at no point did the board mem. suggest that the public comment B referred 2 the health commission." Adam,the first 2 comment,said "I think it should B sent 2 the board of health for review,&perhaps they could bring us some kind of resolution."

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 10:36 PM

@OP Resident #123, Well...just including this last board meeting only (there's about one a week), potholes (conditions of non-major streets) were mentioned that this needed to be discussed for capital improvments for next year's budget. And empty storefronts were discussed at great length, 90 minutes, when both the planning commission & zoning commission spoke about things like making the application process, and variance process, for potential businesses less cumbersome.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 10:16 PM

Bridgett - I think the WJ sensed that this was the big item for the board, though it did not appear on the agenda. It was not the Tiger, it was the Meat. Meatless Monday The Public Comments on Meatless Monday were routine and appropriate. The board response was not. Board members jumped on the issue and gave support enthusiastically though there had been no motion made for discussion. At no point did the board members suggest that the Public Comment be referred to Health Commission. The village manager was the first to mention the commission at the end of the discussion. My bet, the board was aware of what the public comment would be, favored supporting it, and just blurted out what amounted to four (three + Anan at the end) member vote (quorem). So as a result, their will be an agenda item to refer the Meatless Monday idea to a commission for review. The referral looks like a waste of time since it would be very unlikely that the Health Commission would submit a negative recommendation of Meatless Monday. It is also very unlikely that the four board member supports would disappear. In fact, Trustee Barber's questions were on the mark.

OP Resident #123  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 9:27 PM

You're right, I wasn't there and my info source tends to be biased. Whether this was 1% of the meeting or 99%, the fact that the board pledged partial support and sent it to a commission shows how distracted this board is with "pretty shiny things" that keep them from looking at the real issues. How about a referral to a commission to look at parking issues, potholes, vacant storefronts or the heroin being sold across the street from Village Hall in the McDonalds parking lot?.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 6:40 PM

John,some board members gave their support to send it to the commission.That's what they were supporting.Peter made his initial comment because there was confusion about what was actually being asked of the board.And this article,which(I now see) is a front page story, lengthy,doesn't mention this was public comment until word 700,and fails to mention the casual nature of board remarks at the end of a meeting,is adding to the confusion.Honestly,I'm baffled that WJ has given this such prominence.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 5:22 PM

My mother always said to mind your own business. It is amazing how willing the village is ready to tell us what to do, while at the same time refusing to give us information we need.

My beef  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 5:18 PM

Here's the bone I'd like to pick about this: Why do my fellow citizens feel so compelled to tell me what to eat? There is no shortage of media stories on the proliferation of studies on meat, food, health, etc. We Oak Parkers are an educated and informed lot. Why would we need our local government to get involved in opinions about what we eat?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 5:03 PM

Bridgett - Just watched the video of Monday Night's meeting. I am giving the Kudo back to Barber. He had the only rationale. "Let the commission review the issue." Several board members instead gave their full support about Meatless Monday. It is rarely not fair to send an issue to a commission for review when a board majority has already indicated their support.

Archie Bunker from Queens, New Yawk  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 3:45 PM

How about Meathead Mondays?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:57 AM

OK, no kudos for Trustee Barber. Let's wait for the commission report which is unlikely to add much from what was discussed during the public session.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:47 AM

@OP Resident #123,I don't think I'm missing the point as much as people,who don't know what went on @ the meeting,R taking their cue from Anna's article,where she writes 2/3 of it 4 something that took about 7% of the 2 hr & 46 min meeting.And has left out certain details or written out of context.All the Board was being asked was 2 refer this issue to 1 of their citizens commissions.And they did.Their comments about "MM" came @ the end of the meeting, when they talk freely on a # of topics.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:32 AM

@JBM,Barber was responding,thinking that Vill. staff resources would B used on this issue.He cited issues he heard during the campaign,like over pruning trees,that would be a better use of staff resources.It was clarified that no vill. staff time would B used,as all this was,was a citizens commission,the board of health,looking 4 the Board to refer "Meatless Mondays" back to them.Once that was said,Peter said,"If this is something coming from the commission,that's a completely different thing."

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 10:47 AM

Kudos to Trustee Barber. It is not the board role to endorse health issues. Let the Health Department make the determination of the health threat of meat to Oak Parkers.

SteakBurger from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 8:57 AM

OK, so some concerned citizens made public comments about meat consumption, cheap meat, etc. Fine. Now that the idea is out there, let's everyone be grown ups & make your own decision based on your own personal & family values & preferences. Let's not waste the Village Board's time with symbolic gestures. We've done plenty of that over the years (Nuke Free Zone, 350, etc). We haven't the time for nonsense anymore. Substance first, nanny-state intrusion last. Fire up the grills!!

OP Resident #123  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 8:43 AM

@Bridgett - You're missing my point. Obesity is a (really the) major health issue facing the US today. The comments, granted drawn from a small sample size, show a split on Meatless Mondays. If you're concerned about the health of the community then lets directly address the greater issue which most/all would agree on and let informed people determine their best path to healthier living. We're willing to go after homelessness, etc, head on in OP. Why not go after obesity head on too?

Dave Coulter  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 7:51 AM

Not to worry: in this economy there have been plenty of meatless Mondays - never mind the other six days of the week.

maggy  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 7:03 AM

Will this lower our taxes?? If so I am all for it!!

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 5:55 AM

Sounds as if the people behind "meatless Mondays" are following in Bloomberg's steps. This is inappropriate for our local government body to involve itself in. Anyone the Catholics already observe meatless Friday, why don't you just join them.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 11:04 PM

@OP Resident #123, not all citizens (including Cheryl Munoz who commented below) who spoke at the Village Board Meeting in support of this, are vegetarians. So I disagree with you that this is a "thinly veiled agenda pushed by the likes of PETA." What's being proposed is "Meatless Mondays," not "Meatless Sundays Through Saturdays."

OP Resident #123  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 9:37 PM

@Bridgett: Obesity is a public health issue. There are plenty of healthy carnivores, yet no healthy obese individuals. Why not support "Bike/Walk to Work" Mondays and deal with the larger burden on society? I've seen plenty of fat vegans. Sorry, but the vegetarian agenda is a real annoyance to those of us who embrace the four food groups. I can't help but think that this is a thinly veiled agenda pushed by the likes of PETA.

Cheryl Munoz from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 9:13 PM

I was one of the 4 people who took 3 minutes of public comment before the Village Board meeting in support of the Meatless Mondays. This campaign was started in WWI as an effort to ration staples that were in high demand around the globe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meatless_Monday Our intention is to raise awareness about the growing consumption of cheap meat and the intensive use of resources and pollution associated with factory farmed livestock. Read "Food Matters" by Mark Bittman.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 9:06 PM

By the way, meat consumption *is* a public health issue. There is a direct correlation between the large quantities of it in our diets and poor quality (factory farming) of it, and disease. It puts a major burden on our healthcare system. The purpose of Board support isn't to take away your meat. It's to bring awareness to the situation and let you decide for yourself.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 8:58 PM

The Board acting on this would be a symbolic gesture of support. Not legislative. Such support, as one high school student who spoke, may help to get action (which is currently non-existent) from OPRF to have good food choices like fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 8:02 PM

I am with Are you kidding me? However, I am not against free speech, but approaching the village government to do what? Are they suppose to legislate, No Beef! The direction this is going is lunacy and a waste of time.

No I'm not kidding you  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 6:03 PM

Wow, just wow...So dead tortured animals are fine and dandy with you, eh? Just as I thought--another phony OP liberal. Drives the SUV to Whole Foods, buys grass-fed tortured cow and pats herself on the back and then drives to the gym to use the stair climbing machine!

Are you Kidding Me?  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 5:30 PM

Meatless Mondays? Shut up. I am embarrassed this was even discussed. Let people think for themselves. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard being brought up at the village and please, Village President and Board, don't give it another thought. Ridiculous!

GizmoDog  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 1:05 PM

Thank you for the clarification that THIS time meatless Monday's was only part of the public comment portion of the recent board meeting. However, by requesting a resolution it means that this matter could come up for further discussion at a future board meeting. Prior to that the requested resolution would require staff and legal time preparing the document, etc. It is all touchy-feely nice, but is it really the business of the Village government?

Anna Lothson from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 12:31 PM

Just for clarification on this article, the Meatless Monday discussion was part of public comment brought up by residents. It was not a specific item on the agenda and trustees only spoke about it during their closing comments at the end of the meeting. It was not up for a formal resolution yet.

GizmoDog  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 11:42 AM

Well intentioned as this may be, how much time was taken up during the Board meeting discussing this? This is the kind of thing that prolongs meetings, and for what? Village President Anan, let's keep the agendas limited to actual Village business.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 11:15 AM

Pun intended. Why is there no public list of incompetent doctors? Why do we see the doctors diploma on the wall and not the doctors success ratio.Charles Cullen, possibly this countries biggest serial murderer.nurse. I go to my doctor regularly and will take his advice. Why do we get second opinions? What about the doctor who told Mrs.Tebow to have an abortion,the baby she was carrying was in distress? Tim looks good to me. This doctors advice is free. Take it for what it is worth.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 11:02 AM

Strange. We have a doctor using a public forum to give medical advice to people he has never examined. The doctors views are supported by a teenager. If you were in the exam room and the doctor consulted a teenager, you would walk out. The Village Pres., who runs a business serving alcohol, which helps causes obesity and alcoholism, is as quiet as a steak. MD,murderous doctors.Mengelee? Try Moniz. He co won the the Nobel Prize for medicine. for his lobotomy work. Turning people into vegetables.

SteakBurger from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 11:01 AM

Somehow, the residents who waste the trustees' time with this drivel need to be called out as well. Free expression is one thing, moronic nannying is another. Next thing you know, they'll be trying to regulate the size of our soft drinks.....oh, wait a minute. Really, if our elected reps aren't looking at real approaches to increasing private commercial activity in OP, it's not worth their time. And Mr Borderman, you remain a troll without an original thought. Grow up.

Really, nothing else more...  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 10:59 AM

Please, tell me there are more pressing matters in the village. 1. parking department and their rudeness 2. unfriendly and hard to navigate building department 3. streets that need resurfacing.

Meat Eating Mondays  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 8:58 AM

This may be nearly as stupid as the legendary discussion that included suggesting a ban on eating and driving. I'd like to be card carrying member #2, Stupid. I'm a carnivore that already works out daily and maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. I will commit to eating meat every Monday. I will commit to using slow BBQ methods so the aroma can waft through Oak Park for hours while it cooks.

Mr. Borderman from Oak Park   

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 7:44 AM

How does the Fishmonger feel about this? Will seafood be allowed on Mondays?

Stupid  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 4:42 AM

going to make a point of working out Mondays, getting good heart rate up, have a cocktail, then devour a nice nice thick juicy steak from my porch in the heart of Oak Park. Officially starting the Meat Eating Monday movement,

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 3:03 AM

I still don`t get the point of a non binding resolution. 90% of the folks in OP are simply going to ignore it. If the health department tried to put forward a binding resolution they would be ridden out of town on a rail.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 21st, 2013 11:15 PM

I did meatless Friday for the first 20 years of my life. I am not sure it improved my health, but I am not dead either. Anyway, I will support Meatless Monday if the sponsors will credit me for the first twenty years of meatless days. That is; I would like to have my Meatless Monday deferred until 2033.

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