Prairie Sun Praise
". . . cooking Italian food and talking Rasta ("Under the Prairie Sun," Aug. 10). Rasta pasta!I live on the same property as Prairie Sun Studios. It's a nice little community. Mooka, Nate and the bunch are great folks, and the somewhat rural ambience is sweet. I encourage those who seek recording, mastering, concert sound, etc., services to check out Prairie Sun, and those wanting to learn the craft ought to consider Prairie Sun's internship program.
Remind me to remain seated the next time I hear the national anthem playing. Why? Because I want to protest the fact that Colin Kaepernick is making $19 million a year while I am pulling in a measly $11.75 per hour for an annual salary of $26,000.
While Colin and people like him are rolling in dough, retail workers like myself can hardly pay for groceries, much less a night out on the town. So screw you, Colin Kaepernick!
No More Mystery Meat
With the new school year starting, parents' to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies and school food. That's right, school food.
In past years, our nation's schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. It is neither a surprise nor a coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Then came President Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, requiring double the servings of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and no meat for breakfast. The guidelines are supported by 86 percent of Americans.
Most U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday. Some schools have dropped meat from their menu altogether.
As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our own schools.
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