Editor's note: The online comments were pretty lively on our front page news story last week about villagers who asked the village board to encourage "Meatless Monday" to help improve our overall health. This is just a sample of the responses. For the full back-and-forth, click here.
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 20 years of meatless days. That is, I would like to have my Meatless Monday deferred until 2033.
John Butch Murtagh
Going to make a point of working out Mondays, getting good heart rate up, have a cocktail, then devour a nice, thick, juicy steak from my porch in the heart of Oak Park. Officially starting the Meat Eating Monday movement.
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 who 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.
Meat Eating Mondays
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.
SteakBurger from Oak Park
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!
Are you Kidding Me?
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!
No I'm not kidding you
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.
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 health-care 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
I was one of the four people who took three minutes of public comment before the village board meeting in support of 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.
Cheryl Munoz from Oak Park
Will this lower our taxes?? If so I am all for it!!
Not to worry: in this economy there have been plenty of meatless Mondays — never mind the other six days of the week.
How about Meathead Mondays?
Archie Bunker from Queens, New Yawk
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?
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. It's 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!!