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Editorial ignored working people

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In regards to your Our View entitled "Thanksgiving's essence and evolution" I think the newspaper misses the point about the argument of shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

Yes, Thanksgiving has changed a lot since the Pilgrims celebrated it in 1621 ... for one thing, they didn't have Black Friday the day afterward. In your article you write that it's not a bad thing that we are now opening stores to shopping on the holiday and that it is now just a part of the evolution.

You say that if people enjoy shopping on Thanksgiving, then they should be allowed to do that, but I think you are only thinking of one side of this "evolution". If people are allowed to shop on the holiday, then in effect they are now ruining the holiday for others.

I think the newspaper forgets that in order for these shop-happy people to do their shopping on the holiday, there has to be people working on that day in the stores and thus taking them away from their families. You obviously never worked in retail, because you need people to run the stores, stock the merchandise, run the registers, etc.

So by making a group of people happy on Thanksgiving by opening up stores for them, you are also taking away the holiday for others. I think the Daily Herald only sees one side in this argument; you only see the customers and not the employees.

How did you miss the working person? Oh yeah, I almost forgot -- you endorsed Romney.

Shawn Killackey


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