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Let’s get back to our holiday roots

BarbarMorgan looks scarves The Outlet Shoppes OklahomCity Friday Nov. 23 2012. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman Steve Gooch)

Barbara Morgan looks at scarves at The Outlet Shoppes in Oklahoma City on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)

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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:27AM

I work in the retail industry. I was asked if I wanted to start work for Black Friday at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. My answer was no as I held the dinner at my house for my family.

My 9-year-old old granddaughter pointed out to me that 9 p.m. Thanksgiving was Thursday. not Black Friday. She also thought it would be a good idea to cancel Black Friday, forcing people to spend time with family and friends.

My husband had a good question also in reference to the madness of Black Friday. It was, if the deals are there on that day what do they do, overcharge the rest of the year? I personally have never shopped Black Friday. I am 55 years old. I have no desire to.

We as a collective society enable corporate America by allowing stores to open on the holiday. We should be visiting, playing board games or cards Thanksgiving night. In my day, holidays truly lived up to their meaning. If you needed something, you might find a gas station or 7-11 open. Society goes backward in other areas: fashion, music, decor. Why not go backward in celebrating the holidays?

Patricia Sedorook, Tinley Park

No thanks to retailers

Once again corporate greed is ruining America. Stores used to open at 10 a.m. on Black Friday, then 5 a.m., then midnight, now it’s 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. What is wrong with people? Thanksgiving is a national holiday to give thanks and spend time with families. For decades, unions fought corporations to allow workers to be off, to spend time with their families.

Slowly, times have changed and workers, who used to leave family gatherings early to be at work the next day aren’t even allowed that. They leave before dinner is served with the fear of losing their jobs if they fail to report. People should be boycotting these stores that open on Thanksgiving and don’t allow their workers to spend time with their families on this day.

Wake up, America! Next year the stores will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, then 8 a.m., and in time it will be known as “Black Thursday” and generations from now will be asking “What is Thanksgiving?”

Tom Cody, Mount Greenwood

Good riddance to Petraeus

We all owe a huge thanks to Paula Broadwell, and her imagined nemesis Jill Kelley, for unwittingly ending the failed and fraudulent career of Gen. David Patraeus. This voraciously ambitious military man embraced and fed the desperate plea of President George W. Bush to save his failed, criminal war in Iraq. The pro-war corporate media pitched right in, plastering him on the covers of Time and Newsweek under the title: “Can this man save Iraq”?

Patraeus may have saved President Bush and his criminal war cabinet from even greater ignominy than they’ve already garnered, but he certainly didn’t save Iraq and he certainly hasn’t saved our equally failed and criminal occupation of Afghanistan.

We should be neither surprised nor disappointed that Patraeus became a bedfellow of his gorgeous biographer. Long before that dalliance began, Patraeus shared his bed with the Washington warmongers in the administration and the media to prolong our nine year Iraq war and current endless war in Afghanistan. With no victories amid the hundreds of thousands of needless casualties and trillions wasted, resulting in large part to his lustful drive for more general’s stars and even the presidency, we are truly blessed that he as left the public stage.

Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn

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