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Joe Heller

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

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

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 11 months 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. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, 11 months ago

    There are hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people working on thanksgiving and xmas. Hospitals, some restaurants, TV, radio, movie theaters, control centers for the phone system and power system, the hundreds of generating plants and the hundreds of trains feeding them with a constant stream of coal, airlines, Amtrak, etc etc etc.

  4. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 11 months 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.

  5. corzak

    corzak said, 11 months 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.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 11 months ago

    @corzak

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

  7. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Costco stays closed on Thanksgiving, starts its workers at $11.50 an hour, and its average employee wage is $21 an hour, which does not include overtime. The CEO makes 48 times the median wage, compared to Walmart’s CEO making 796 times their median wage. 88% of Costco’s employees have company-sponsored health insurance. And Costco is still a profitable company.

  8. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

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

  9. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Just limit the CEOs of corporations like Mall-Wart, and Target to earning no more then 10 times what their lowest paid employee makes annually.

  10. r2varney

    r2varney said, 11 months ago

    All those protesting “stores” being open probably don’t mind the workers in hospitals..police.. airports… power companies.. snowplow drivers.. gas stations.. missing Thanksgiving dinner.
    If you are lucky enough to have a day off.. enjoy it.. but the business of the world continues.

  11. r2varney

    r2varney said, 11 months ago

    @Tigger

    And if that one is your favorite station you need gas you will probably be annoyed to say the least.

  12. r2varney

    r2varney said, 11 months ago

    What is with the Christian connection to Thanksgiving. I thought Thanksgiving was about giving thanks to the Indians for bailing them out. I don’t recall any baby Jesus in those early Pilgrim paintings.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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.

  14. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 11 months 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.

  15. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 11 months ago

    @Debt Free

    You too.

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