Fast Focus: 'Did you shop on Thanksgiving?' A symptom of greed

December 6, 2013 

It is sad to see how retailers have taken over our holidays. I remember walking down the streets of Seattle as a little boy on Thanksgiving. The usually busy streets quiet, all the shops closed. Everyone was at home with their families, enjoying a nationally declared holiday.

I understand the grocery store and police and fire departments being open. However, it is simply greed on the part of merchandizers and the idea of something free on the part of consumers that has changed that.

If we are not careful, by the time my grandchildren have children, not far away, there will be no more holidays for us.

-- PATRICK O'BRIEN, Richland

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