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Stop the madness: Don't shop on Thanksgiving

Stop the madness: Don't shop on Thanksgiving

Unemployment is high, national debt is mounting and the government appears utterly incapable of doing anything productive. The Middle East is roiled, Europe is teetering on the brink of financial collapse, and China is beefing up its military. But the real threat to America may be this: Toys "R" Us is opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walmart stores will open at 10 (two hours earlier than last year), and Target, Macy's, Kohls, Best Buy and others will open at midnight. Is nothing sacred?

The concept of Black Friday is bad enough. The promise of a few, super-limited-time offers prompt people to stand in line outside of big box stores well before dawn on the day after...