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Don’t let corporate greed ruin Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a national holiday that every American should be able to enjoy with friends and loved ones. Don’t fall into the Big Business coercion factor. Celebrate America, celebrate your fellow citizens. Allow the peace and solace that every one of us needs on our holidays. Don’t give in to the corporate greed that forces employees to forsake their holiday in order to keep their jobs. Corporations will take, take, take until there is nothing left to give and then want some more.

Believe me, if the strength of voice were to speak out, along with the commitment of soul, we could pare the madness and get our holidays back from the greed that has invaded us so badly. Has the hurriedness of life taken away the time to reflect? Have we been influenced and inducted into a robotic mindset, forsaking our own pleasures and comforts just to play into the hands of retailers’ insatiable appetite for the dollar? What if the masses that corporate greed has forged into Pavlovian slaves didn’t show up? What would happen?

The answer is: We would regain control of a very small but essential element in this maddening rat race. The sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving would still be there, but at 6 a.m. on Friday morning, allowing us to regain our holiday.

I keep hearing the phrase, “Bring back the good old days.” I lived the good old days and sacrificing your holiday or that of your neighbors to corporate-taught greed wasn’t part of it. Give yourself and the ones around you the gift of a holiday. Don’t shop on Thanksgiving.

Rex Murray

Williamsville