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."
-- DIANE REED,College Place
Avoid it like the plague
We have become such a nation of "takers" rather than "givers." It is no wonder shoppers fall for merchants' appeal of "buy one, get one free" or, shop early and get 90 percent off!
Just like the recent election, where people voted for a "handout" administration, shoppers follow the same path.
It is remarkable how many folks actually think they are getting a good deal. It is even more remarkable of how many fall for the subliminal thought, "if you don't buy it now, it won't be there by the time Christmas rolls around."
Yep, folks are like sheep being led to a slaughter when it comes to Black Friday. Everyone spending money they don't have, creating their own fiscal cliffs.
Personally, I avoid Black Friday and the subsequent weeks like the Black Plague.
May God forgive us for the commercialization of his Son's birth.
-- DAVE LEE, Kennewick