Meatless Monday Is Just The Beginning

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By John Hubbuch

There was discussion at a recent village board meeting that consideration might be given to encouraging restaurants to provide more vegeterian options on Mondays--hence the headline "Meatless Mondays". This nannystate imperative must be resisted. Remember carnivores have rights too.         

Meatless Mondays like proposals to limit bullets in magazine clips is only a first step toward taking away our right to eat pork and beef which I believe are protected under one of the amendments to the US Constitution.

Meatless Mondays will be followed bt Tofu Tuesdays, Whole Wheat Wednesdays and Fiber Fridays.Before you know it we wll only be able to eat red meat on the odd numbered days of the month.

The other problem with Meatless Mondays is that it provides comedic grist for the mills of those who hate us for our liberal progressive views. Next thing you know GMA will be in front of some burger joint asking a patron about Meatless Monday. Everyone will be laughing at us. On second thought. So what? People do eat too much meat. That's why we are so fat and die of heartattacks. We should go for it. Can you put ketchup on tofu?

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Joe Coffey  

Posted: June 21st, 2013 6:56 AM

The politically active people on both sides are such a humorless lot. People take this weak attempt at humor and use it as an excuse to spout their paranoid, defensive opinions about all things tangentially related. No one is coming for your meat (or gun) and this council action is no more significant than honoring an Eagle Scout or the local little league champ. Let your politics take a break (as we are all screwed long term) and let's talk to each other as people, not just talking points.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: June 21st, 2013 6:12 AM

If healthy eating is the health departments interest, then Saturday should be sugar and fat free days and information about healthy eating and resisting this intake should be passed out at the doughnut line at the Farmers Market. This wont happen because of the narrowness of the agenda.

4 Freedom  

Posted: May 29th, 2013 12:00 AM

"Patty and Cheryl. The 2 common sense people on here." Anne, I doubt it. I am a vegetarian, and I don't see the sense. You aren't going to convince anyone, especially the intelligent people of Oak Park, by requesting that government endorse something. That creates resentment. Time to revaluate your strategy. And, John H., I don't hate you for your progressive views, I hate that you feel you can force it upon others like how liberals hate that conservatives like to limit who people can marry.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 2:17 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.


Posted: May 28th, 2013 1:10 PM

I feel the same way about vegetarians that I feel about religion...don't care what you believe, I'm happy to take your pamphlet, but please quit knocking on my door asking me to convert. Have a little respect.


Posted: May 28th, 2013 12:57 PM

Never ceases to amaze me how carnivores fear vegetarians, kind of like how homophobes fear gay marriage. Same validity, or lack thereof.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 12:37 PM

People are so protective of their food---or rather, food-like products, aren't they? That's the most interesting issue out of all of this.

Dan Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 12:17 PM

Hopefully Oak Park's Village Board will bring a halt to any thought that the village government will step into territory that is none of its business. I may have cut my red meat to once a week or even less for health purposes -- but that's my perogative on my doctor's advice. It's not the role of local government to engage in any effort to influence how people eat..

Another Oak Park Resident  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 11:46 AM

Meatass Shmeatass. People who want to eat healthy do so mainly by avoiding restaurants.

Marie Perkins from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 11:45 AM

Patty and Cheryl. The 2 common sense people on here. Carnivores have their panties in a twist at the mere mention of restaurants going meatless for 1 day. They cannot comprehend the meaning of Meatless Mondays which was so eloquently explained by Patty Boblick. But then again, when your arteries are so clogged up from rotting flesh, your brain (what's left of it) tends to see things in another way. Kudos to Oak Park for discussing this. More & more people are going vegan and that's a good thing.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 11:22 AM

Carnivores? This Meatless Monday charade is getting mean. When the board's commission begins to review MM, I suggest that they first get some data on how many human carnivores live in Oak Park. There is a Will of the People buried in this attack on residents' personal choices.

Patty Boblick, RD, RN, CDE from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 10:58 AM

Keep in mind....the proposal is for restaurants to offer more meatless options on Mondays. No one is proposing that meat options are eliminated. So for those carnivores that are reluctant to can eat your meat as usual. For others who are interested in making 1 dinner/week "meatless" for a whole host of good reasons...they may have more varied, interesting choices. This venue doesn't allow me the space to convince all of you carnivores why you should consider eating less meat.

Henry Zenner from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 10:42 AM

You are all missing the point. Simply push yourself away from the table. The secret to good health is moderation in whatever you do.

stacy from forest park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 10:32 AM

How about just letting us make our own decisions. This is American after all. STAY OUT OF MY LIFE - I didin't invite you and I don't want you. Morons.

Cheryl Munoz from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 10:26 AM

You are totally missing the point. It's not about restricting people from eating meat. It's about educating our community about healthy eating. Over-consumption of factory-farmed meat and dairy is destructive and unsustainable. This campaign is motivated by our concern for public health and awareness. If you don't think that our government should shoulder this concern, as well, then you must be painfully unaware of the diet-related disease that plagues our communities. Educate yourself!

Get Your Facts Straight Mr. Hubbuch  

Posted: May 27th, 2013 10:58 PM

People are fat because they eat too many carbohydrates, not fatty/lean meat. This meathead has lost 10 lbs. staying away from sugar drinks, bread, fries, waffles, and anything else with a high level of carbs. If the Village Idiots want to try something that works, they should ban carb eating on Mondays.

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