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Tag: Thanksgiving

Nov.
27th

THANKSGIVING: Keep this a day for family

I think we can all agree that the commercial cancer of Christmas has officially grown so large that it has now absorbed Thanksgiving completely. Not only did Christmas advertisements start in September this year, but the traditional Black Friday retail frenzy has made it into Thanksgiving afternoon, at least.

I predict a rapid social phenomenon in which Thanksgiving is moved to Friday and shopping becomes the focus of Thursday, when everyone has the day off. Indeed, I’m wondering if Halloween needs to start getting concerned about a loss of social value to the commercial grind of Christmas.

The problem with

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Nov.
26th

THANKSGIVING: For these things, let’s be thankful

Let’s be thankful, as we sit and argue politics and lambaste those working to keep this country running, that we do so from our leather recliners in our warm, safe homes.

Let’s be grateful that we don’t have bombs falling around us and that we’re not spending the holidays sifting through rubble for missing loved ones and treasured belongings, that we can feed our families and not feel the anguish of putting our children to bed hungry.

Let’s be thankful that we are free to be the people we are, or choose to be, and to pursue our individual dreams;

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Nov.
26th

THANKSGIVING: Do we really value family?

Do we really value family in this country? Reducing food stamps so kids go hungry? Reducing Head Start? Not providing adequate medical care for children?

The proof that we don’t value family is that many stores are forcing employees to work Thanksgiving – a traditional day with family and friends.

In Europe, many retail outlets are closed on weekends and Sundays. They take care of their children, providing them with preschool, day care and often high-achieving schools. Technical and university tuition is low.

Yes, it is paid for through higher taxes. And yes, there are some businesses that are open,

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Nov.
21st

PROTESTS: Occupy solution has already failed

The first European settlers at Plymouth Colony experimented with a socialist economic model and it failed miserably – so miserably that the colonists nearly perished.

All land was to be held in common, and all production was to be divided equally. Trouble was there was very little produced, so there was little to divide. Near starvation was the result.

Realizing that model wasn’t working, the Pilgrims divided the land among the settlers, allowing each family to keep the fruits of its efforts. That strategy created so much prosperity that it begot the holiday of Thanksgiving to celebrate not only the

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Nov.
26th

OBAMA: Thankful for our president

We all love simplistic overnight solutions, and we all need scapegoats to blame when things don’t change soon enough. Thus, both left and right assail our president.

The right mercilessly attacks Barack Obama for being a “socialist,” when he has merely tried to restore the regulatory power of government so effectively used by Republican presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Meanwhile, the left attacks him for compromising with corporate America.

But like all great presidents, Obama steers the middle way. Neither socialism nor laissez-faire capitalism have ever succeeded in making us a great nation. Federal bureaucrats cannot effectively rule

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