To The Daily Sun,
My husband and I own a Sears Hometown Store in Plymouth. Much to my dismay we found out a few weeks ago that Sears' mandatory open hours for Thanksgiving Day would be 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.. Last year was an optional decision per store owner. That said, Thanksgiving is one of three holidays that we believe is to be spent with family therefore we choose it not be open. Each year it seems more and more of our family time is taken away as a result of Sears' company policies. Pretty soon, there will be no Thanksgiving holiday. This lack of focus on family values is disgraceful and quite frankly dishonorable to this country and the reason it's in the poor state that it's in. These are desperate times we are living and people will either have to work or run out to save money on Thanksgiving Day. As a Christian woman, this is against my religious right and what I believe for my family.
From a historical stand point, this country began celebrating Thanksgiving back in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Indians at Plymouth Plantation. They celebrated and gave thanks for three days. In 1789, George Washington issued November 26, 1789 a Day of Public Thanksgiving. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November a national holiday for "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens". It is clear Thanksgiving was intended a day of observance with family.
Where in the Declaration of Independence does it give corporations the right to undermine the values of the citizens of this country? We deserve the right to celebrate as a family the freedom of America and thankfulness! As a Christian woman, I value my time with my family and am thankful to God for all He has blessed us with.
Again, our store 3673 will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. I am more than sure that all the retail corporate heads will be celebrating with a four or five day holiday.
I ask you as citizens of N.H. to stand with me and petition the State House to pass a "Blue Law", stating retailers to be closed on Thanksgiving Day for 2014! Let your voices be heard. You may sign in person at our store location or online @ https://www.change.org/petitions/nh-state-house-officials-congress-president-obama-pass-into-law-that-retailers-would-be-closed-for-thanksgiving#
Sears Hometown Store owner