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Radio praises work on Thanksgiving

November 20, 2018

By M. Martin,

I was listening to a Portland vintage rock radio station, The Eagle, this week and the DJ excitedly announced that he had a list of retail stores in the Portland area that were going to be open during Thanksgiving day.

Roughly 1 out of 4 Americans work during Thanksgiving according one survey!!! The more shoppers who shop on Thanksgiving the more moms, dads, sons and daughters get yanked from their Thanksgiving table to be forced to ring up your purchase or forced to make you a sandwich that you could have fixed for yourself at home.  I even saw Subway sandwich stores advertising that they were open on Thanksgiving.

It is hard to get the family and extended family together for a single event during the year. When the whole community and country works together to take a day off, then it becomes easy and Thanksgiving becomes a day where the almost impossible becomes possible.

Now we see midnight Black Friday sales. So there are moms and dads who won’t sleep on Thanksgiving night. Let’s be real. The thought of working starting at midnight ruins the spirit and peace of the day before.

I don’t fault the radio announcer or the Subway sandwich store for celebrating shopping on this sacred holiday. They are just responding to the public which are showing cold indifference to the people who have to give up a rare day of family unity and togetherness to serve you so you can save $5.00 on a pair of shoes.

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Cheryl November 21, 2018

I remember when NO businesses were open on holidays. My, how times have changed, and not for the better. Walmart is opening at 6 pm for all the loonies who just have to be the first in the door and wrestle with all the other loonies to get the goods. No one celebrates Thanksgiving for the right reasons at all any more. It’s all about stuffing your face, drinking too much, and watching sports. No one is thankful for anything. In fact, the holiday is largely forgotten as to its original intent. Now it’s just another day off work for reasons largely unknown to the general populace. We have so much to be thankful for, but largely no one is. We need to go back to closing all businesses on holidays in their entirety. No one is that hard up for money they need to be open.

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