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I know this may not be the most important issue in the world, but I don't think it's right that Walmart and other stores are opening for Black Friday sales at 8pm on Thanksgiving night. Can't Thanksgiving just be a day where family and friends hang out, eat a great meal, watch some football and spend quality time together?
It is also very unfair to force employees at these stores to leave their families on Thanksgiving.
We live in such a fast-paced society. Many people are working long hours and cannot spend as much time as they would like with families, especially those with kids. I'm sure that American families need more time sitting around the dinner table and less time at shopping malls.
I love Thanksgiving. Since I got married, I spend Thanksgiving with my wife's family, and my mother-in-law Irene Barno puts together a fabulous dinner. I also have such wonderful memories of Thanksgiving with my family, and my mother was also a terrific cook. You will not be surprised that the Maisanos had some intense and legendary debates at the dinner table about sports and politics. But most importantly, at both the Maisano and Barno homes on Thanksgiving, there was always a tremendous amount of love as we spent that important family time together.
Jim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-995-2826 or [email protected]