CHEERS: to the Ohio legislature for taking up a bill that would ban artery-clogging trans fats from restaurants. Unfortunately, the National Restaurant Association has helped clog the path of similar bills in 14 other states, where not a single one has passed. Like tobacco, trans fats have a serious long-term negative impact on public health. Fried chicken can be made without partially hydrogenated oils, a main source of trans fat. Itâ€™s still crispy if fried in canola oil. In fact, restaurants in New York City have complied with the first phase of the cityâ€™s no-trans-fat ban, which went into effect in July, with little fanfare. Itâ€™s time for government to stand up to industry lobbyists and get this harmful product off Americansâ€™ plates.
CHEERS: to common pleas judges James L. Kimbler and Christopher J. Collier for employing Bruce Francisâ€™s mediation services to help homeowners on the verge of foreclosure. In the wake of the subprime lending crisis and a fragile housing market, more and more homeowners are losing their investment. Francis can help certain homeowners negotiate with their lender to prevent foreclosure. As of Nov. 1, there were 726 foreclosures filed in Medina County, figures provided by Jim Leaver, Collierâ€™s magistrate, show. In all of 2002 there were 450. Finding a way to mediate a solution is in the best interest of the homeowner and the lender.
CHIDINGS: to Cavs player Anderson Varejao, for whining to national media that he doesnâ€™t feel valued by the team. A.) Buck up and be a professional. Working life isnâ€™t about being made to feel special all the time. B.) If the Cavsâ€™ reported contract offer of $32 million over six years to the still-developing player doesnâ€™t say â€œI love you,â€ maybe he can explain to blue-collar Cleveland fans what does.
CHEERS: to Sustainability for Educators and the Environment for bringing hands-on learning for students and teachers to Sacred Heart and other local schools. Itâ€™s made possible through grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling happens in this county at the Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township whether residents sort their trash or not. In this program at Sacred Heart, however, no one is doing work for the students, except perhaps 2,000 South American worms. Sacred Heart eighth-graders are learning about conservation by creating compost heaps that are broken down by the worms, which are fed a diet of decayed fruits and vegetables. â€œItâ€™s important for them to be good stewards of the Earth,â€ SEE director Sarah Lane said. We couldnâ€™t agree more.