, Salem, MA


November 27, 2013

Letter: Thanksgiving is a day to hold close to our hearts

To the editor:

Thanksgiving Day is a day to be spent with family. It’s a day we sit around the table to eat and to enjoy each others’ company. In the rat race world we live in we don’t often spend the time we should with our children and relatives. It’s a wonderful time of year to give thanks for what we are so lucky to have in this country. We have destroyed so many of our holidays through the years. Our lives here on earth go by so quickly. Days and weeks become months and years, and before you know it, we get old. Some of us may be here this year and not next year. Do not let the best years of your life with your family and friends be destroyed by such retail stores that will do anything possible to turn you into a mall rat. Every year these stores that don’t care will push for more. And the employees who have no union to spare them are put into bad situations and working hours that make no sense. These people don’t want to be working on Thanksgiving night after being up all day entertaining family and friends. Does it make any sense to send someone to work with no sleep? Ask those people who want to shop at 12:30 a.m. if they want to start working holidays and I am sure they would be the first to complain. I remember the days when malls were closed eight days a year. Our parents and grandparents still found time to get their shopping done.

We no longer respect Veterans Day, Independence Day. We open on Sunday mornings when it was supposed to be Sunday at noon after church services. My feeling is there is nothing that you need to buy that can’t wait until the next day.

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