Many people bemoan the lack of family time in America, so why would anyone want to leave an opportunity to be with loved ones to sit in the cold waiting in line to buy merchandise (“Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving; Stores move up openings to attract customers,” Nov. 18)?
Why would a merchant want to promote such nonsense? Are the few dollars in profit going to affect the store’s bottom line that much?
Why aren’t merchants advertising their real motive: “We do not care about you or your family. Come spend your money in our store and lose whatever you might have gained by spending your time at home with your families. We are greedy. We thank you for supporting our greed.”
People, give the gift of time
When retailers compete so intensely for sales that they infringe on the one truly family holiday of the year, I do not blame retailers. Consumers have the power to resist.
Remember what the day was designated for, being thankful for those blessings we have: family, freedom, and free will.
Instead of giving in to the impulse to buy items, people should spend time with their families. That would be the best gift a person can give to loved ones.
Think of this as a time of need
The Obama Administration says that the strength of the economy is linked to the education system. If this is the case, then where is the support?
Why are schools clamoring for money? Why do voters in some suburban districts such as Perrysburg support their students, while those in urban districts such as Toledo do not?
Investing in the future of America should not be left to one man, government officials, or schools. Each of us should take an active part in shaping the future of our country.
Americans have a history of coming together in times of war or natural disaster. Why can’t we look at this as a time when we need to band together?
People should volunteer, mentor, or donate — or at least lead by example.
Poll workers at Deveaux lauded
As poll captain at Deveaux Elementary School, Precinct 21J, I acknowledge the judges who worked with me on Election Day. Most of them had never worked an election.
Their training was minimal. Because of their quick on-the-job learning and commitment, we were able to keep our voters’ wait time short and close our precinct in a timely manner.
Congratulations, girls. You were superb.