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What others are saying: The Black Friday dilemma

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  • John Charity Spring Alloway, NJ
    Nov. 26, 2010 6:55 a.m.

    In truth, there is no "Black Friday Dilemma." There is only one correct choice: avoid Black Friday like the plague that it is.

    Black Friday is nothing more than the basest celebration of greed and materialism that was ever invented. It is impossible to imagine anything more contrary to the true Spirit of Christmas.

    It is time for all right-thinking persons to reject this modern materialism, and return this day to its rightful place as a day of relaxing with family. The economy as a whole prospers when families are strong and happy, and suffers when families are stressed-out and focused on material possessions. That is the true irony of this false dilemma.

  • heidi ho Fort Collins, CO
    Nov. 26, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    I agree. Dave Ramsey the money guy, recommends we all stay home on Black Friday. We are out of debt, have the house paid off, and we never go shopping on Black Friday. For one thing, we don't have any money left in our budget on the last week in November. We don't care about the latest gadgets and gizmos, and movies and we want to relax after thanksgiving! It's A Wonderful Life, and there is no credit card balance! We also pay a full tithe to the church and follow the Prophet's admonition to stay out of debt. By the way, we have saved almost 30,000 this year on top of our retirement spending just by following a strict budget. No black fridays for us! : )

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Nov. 26, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    You betcha, time flys when your not having fun plus not spending and unemployed so welcome to "It's BROKE Friday!." The "Restarting the Engine of America where we do "LIVE" could of started with renewing out unployment extensions, this Holiday season, but the "party of "NO" blocked that. There's no Black Friday deals" for us. We rot while the GOP play again. Now they whine about this. Almost two years after the $800 billion stimulus was signed into law, approximately $12 billion has yet to be even allocated to a specific project. That means the GOP Congress has the ability to rescind these funds before they get spent. The monies are there, backed by gold, America is the richest Nation in the World, it'll always be that, what we spend those taxes stays here, what is taxed when employed goes over to 3rd world countries we back-up, it's been that way for decades, there's no need for any American to suffer in America. You won't see the unemployed at a All-night shop-a-thon where Black Friday draws crowds of "Scrooge" clones, that never saw the movie "A Christmas Carol".

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 26, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    i never looked at spending money on Christmas shopping as a duty to our country or economy. Sorry...

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 26, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    I never shop on Black Friday. Today's the day we go cut down our Christmas tree and decorate the house all up.

    Tomorrow, however, is Small Business Saturday, so go visit a local shop and buy a special little something for someone. Or yourself.

  • Jose Ortiz american fork, utah
    Nov. 26, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    I only Shop on Green Tuesday in Puerto Rico

  • Roller Gunnison, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    Here's an interesting proposition: Don't spend money you don't have! Live on less than you make!

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.