Kathleen Parker: Thanksgiving commercialism a crime against one of our best founding inventions

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  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    I agree w/ all the above. Though, it took me a few seconds to process Tyler's comparison.

    This long weekend is all about food, football, & sleeping in. I did make it to the bookstore but the only reason I left the TV was for caffeine for which I am truly thankful.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Holidays are best labeled Freedom Days in my personal dictionary. They are those days when we can ignore our masters and do those things we want to do. It’s great to recognize gratitude for the gifts we receive but it is more fun to enjoy the gifts themselves. Especially the one that we call freedom.

    In regard to the commercialization of holidays; most of the time we are preaching to the choir when it’s the director who is calling the shots.

    So much of the time, as members of the choir, we are not allowed to deviate from the directors will. And in our present world the director is often following a score of greed.

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    Nov. 28, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    A WONDERFUL editorial. Thank you very much. Spot on.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 28, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    Simply the logical consequence of an ideology that elevates money, corporations, and material success to the highest perch on the values tree.

    The moral of the story of Frankenstein has something to teach us here…

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    Thursday, which apparently is just much later this morning, is for friends, family, football and beer. Food, too. Friday is good for a trip to the beer wholesaler with the trailer, as well as 2 liquor places and 'the dinosaur' (formerly a Sinclair) for lottery tickets. It is not good for any other shopping. Saturday we can pick up a few other things we need. Thanksgiving commercialism can be managed, and in most cases largely avoided. Santa's coming in from the north again this year, friends.