Public radio recently had an interesting one hour program on vegetarianism.
There were pro and con views. One woman caller said she would never be a vegetarian,
because all vegetarians looked emaciated. Another caller claimed vegetarians were
I recently had the opportunity to visit my daughter in Las Vegas. Many people,
when I told them I was going to Las Vegas said, "I can't believe you would go to Las
Vegas!" Last year I went on a cruise, same reaction. So, what does a
vegetarian or a vegan like myself look like, act like, care about and do?
Most are better educated than average, they are seekers of knowledge, they are
curious. Many college kids go vegetarian. Some act weird, some act prim. Vegetarians
have more energy, live longer (14 years) and are healthier than carnivores. Some are
overweight. Some are thin. Kim Basinger, Christie Brinkley, Lindsay Wagner are
vegans. ( I wouldn't mind looking like them.) Most of us like and appreciate the
outdoors. We are bicycle riders, hikers and cross-country skiers. We love to dance. We
enjoy eating good food (some of us good wine also.) Most vegetarians enjoy the arts.
We like to travel. No problems for vegans. I flew Delta to Las Vegas, and the food
was great. They even had vegan cookies for snacks. A young man sat next to me, long hair,
earrings, etc. (weirdo right?) When they brought out the vegetarian trays, he got one too.
We both asked at the same time, "Are you a vegetarian?" Turned out
he was a vegan, also a Republican from hog country in the south. Just graduated from
college and wants to go into politics. Interesting, hey!
The food in Las Vegas was mostly great for vegans. The Mirage Hotel had the best
buffet. The New York, New York had two very good restaurants, and one not so good. Going
on a cruise is no problem either. Once my waiter knew I was vegan, he went out of his way
to please me.
The total vegetarian usually cares for the environment. Really loves animals in
most cases (he doesn't eat them) and feels a passion for the ethical reasons for being a
vegan. Most vegans feel a spirituality, a connection to God, to the earth, to the
universe. It makes sense, it's the way of life, as it should be.
Give us your ideas. How about some "Letters to the Editor."