Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

October 17, 2009

Meatless Mondays hit the spot

Dietary experts have long preached that children should be taught healthy eating habits early on. Baltimore City schools have hit on an approach that would work well in school systems throughout Maryland.

Meatless Mondays is a campaign to teach students the value of healthy eating. Instead of a meat entree on Monday, the schools serve vegetables, cheese sandwiches, no-sugar-added peanut butter and pasta dishes.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the school system has its own organic farm, where children visit or help to grow vegetables. The idea is to show kids healthy eating can be fun and different.

Until the mid-1960s, Catholic school children, as well as their parents, routinely went without meat on Fridays because of church guidelines. But the rules were relaxed and today Catholics are asked to refrain from eating meat only on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent....

Maryland lawmakers have lost a small perk in the midst of state budget cuts. The legislature is ending its free E-Z Pass program that allowed lawmakers to go through toll booths for free.

The issue of free tolls came to light in the Maryland Politics Watch blog recently. The blog noted that the passes were still in use even though the Maryland Transportation Department had just imposed additional monthly fees on everyone else....

Uniontown, Pa., is another community struggling with fire department cutbacks. Thirteen paid firefighters may lose their jobs and the mayor, Ed Fike, has said a total of 25 furloughs may be needed to balance the budget, according to a report by FireFightingNews.

In Manitowoc, Wis., city officials are considering whether to charge car owners a fee if their vehicle spills chemicals on the road that the fire department cleans up....

Cape Air commuter service officials in Hagerstown are more than happy with the results of its shuttle between the Hub City and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport.

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