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Forum: No thanks to retailers

Updated: January 1, 2013 6:40AM



Once again, corporate greed is ruining America. Stores used to open at 10 a.m. on Black Friday, then 5 a.m., then at midnight, now it’s 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. What is wrong with people?

Thanksgiving is a national holiday to give thanks and spend time with your family and friends. For decades, unions fought corporations to allow workers to be off, to spend time with their families.

Slowly, times have changed and store workers, who used to leave family gatherings early to be at work the next day, aren’t even allowed that. They leave before dinner is served with the fear of losing their jobs if they fail to report.

People should boycott these stores that open on Thanksgiving and don’t allow their workers to spend time with their families on this day.

Next year, the stores will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, then at 8 a.m., and in time it will be known as Black Thursday. Generations from now, they’ll be asking “What is Thanksgiving?”

Tom Cody

Chicago

Congratulations to Mount Carmel

As an alumnus of Mount Carmel High School (Class of 1960), I am so proud of the Caravan’s IHSA Class 8A football championship this year and so happy for the current students attending this fine school with such a rich history.

I always cheer for the Caravan. They didn’t win a championship during my four years there, but they’ve won many titles since. They have a tremendous football program led by one of the truly great coaches in Illinois high school history, Frank Lenti.

You don’t go to Mount Carmel without also rooting for Notre Dame, and what a magical season it has been for the Irish. State title for the Caravan, national title for the Irish? I sure hope so.

Carl F. Rollberg

Calumet Park

Cold-hearted treatment

My dad worked for the city of Chicago for 48 years. He never made a ton of money and often took a second job to make ends meet, but he was proud to say he was a city worker. When he retired, he had earned his pension and health benefits.

When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, and before he passed away, he assured my mom her health care needs would be taken care of as long as needed. Well, Mom called me recently, saying she received a letter from the city stating it was not legally required to provide insurance for retirees or their families. I could hear her voice cracking as she told me, and my heart broke.

While I understand pension reform is a hot topic and something that needs to be addressed, are the powers that be really ready to turn their backs on senior retirees and their spouses? It seems as if politicians are more concerned with giving help to the people who have no desire to help themselves.

I strongly urge any hard-working, dedicated retiree and their family members to stand up and tell the mayor and aldermen, many of whom are “double dipping,” to do right by our seniors.

William Marszewski Jr.

Oak Lawn



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