Here are the Ten Best Reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie
hot dogs at this year's Independence Day gatherings, rather than
ground-up animal body parts:

•       Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food
•       Giving your eyes a break from reading government food warning
•       Not sweating cancer-causing compounds if barbecue temperature is
too high.
•       Not sweating nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs if temperature is
too low.
•       Not wondering about the real contents of that burger or hot dog
you're chewing.
•       Giving your body a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and
•       Not sweating the animal cruelty and environmental devastation
guilt trips.
•       Not having to explain to your kids why we cherish Fido but eat
•       Enjoying the exploration of veggie meal offerings in your
•       Celebrating a day of independence from the meat industry.

— Wally Essinger, Wichita