-- DIANE REED, College Place
Black Friday is just part of the overwhelming hype that you have to buy a lot of stuff -- most of which you don't need -- to have a happy holiday.
It's absurd to see people camping out, then rushing the store, trampling people and even fighting over merchandise.
And now that the big box stores are pushing Black Friday into Thanksgiving Day there is even more of a frenzy -- fueled by newspapers and television stories that are tailored to make you feel like a loser if you're not out there participating.
I shop at my local independent merchants who offer personal service and merchandise that's not mass-produced.
I also "shop" at the Alternative Gift Fair (this year on Dec. 1 at 2819 West Sylvester St., Pasco) which allows me to donate to nonprofits as gifts to people on my shopping list who don't need any more "stuff."