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Joe Heller

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Hmm, with the commercialism, I’d say the casualty was the baby Jesus.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, almost 2 years ago

    Once, we had blue laws, so most stores had to close, by law, for Sunday and holidays like Thanksgiving.


    Since people planning to spend will spend the money when the stores are open, this saves the stores money on utilities and labour without reducing revenue. But if one store managed to stay open illegally, it took lots of sales from the law-abiding stores. And enough managed to stay open illegally (because enforcement was lax) until the law-abiding stores all demanded an end to the blue laws.


    And, even after the laws were removed, it was against the US culture to stay open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, even that’s gone.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 2 years ago

    I will not buy a single thing on Thanksgiving and I encourage everyone else to do the same. I don’t want it to be illegal to be open on that day, but if enough people don’t shop, those workers won’t be forced to be away from their family next year. The stores will shut again.

  4. corzak

    corzak said, almost 2 years ago

    Big retailers want increased sales? Instead of staying open long hours on holidays, what if they paid their employees a living wage? Then there would be more of what economists call “disposable income” in the economy. Just a thought.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @corzak

    They could also stop pressuring their suppliers to move their manufacturing operations overseas, causing even more stateside unemployment.

  6. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    “You don’t own your stuff*, your stuff* owns you.”George Carlin

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    r2varney: my best, and most memorable Thanksgiving was spent taking care of a family who’d been in an auto accident. Took the injured to the hospital, got the uninjured a motel room when there were supposedly none left, and got home many hours late, to dried out turkey and dressing. Several weeks later, got letters with drawings and “thank you” notes from the kids, all six of them. That was a long time ago, and those letters are still among my prize possessions: that, is what Thanksgiving is all about, and the “spirit of Christmas” as well.

  8. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    Interesting and true to some extent. My first, long-term job was in retail in the early 1970s. I worked on Thanksgiving day. The store also closed at 5 PM. There are some folks out there that would enjoy having the time and half, or double time and a half. Staying open on a holiday is not something new. FYI, auto dealers are always closed on Sundays in Colorado, not so in California when I came here.

  9. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 2 years ago

    You too.

  10. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Thanksgiving was a north eastern regional tradition up until 1863. The Pilgrims declared a feast to give thanks to the Christian god, to which they invited the natives who helped them. Days of Thanksgiving continued intermittently in the north east region up until 1863, when Sarah Hale successfully lobbied Lincoln to declare it a national holiday.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_%28United_States%29

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Josepha_Hale

  11. skibum70

    skibum70 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Good one, Joe! From a liberal fan.

  12. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    For once, I am absolutely with you. My wife and I are NOT shopping on Thanksgiving, and indeed will not be going to major stores on Black Friday. (We may go to local, independent stores a day early.)

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