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December 15, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The spirit of Christmas?

The spirit of Christmas?

Dear Editor,

What is the real spirit of Christmas? Watching and listening to my TV, I really think it is gone.

For years now, the American government and TV media has aligned itself with large retail corporations with tax breaks and subsidizes. The mom and pop market is just about over, with the continual TV commercial drumbeat of buying, sometimes up to 10 minutes air time. Many of their tactics are disgusting and insulting to one’s intelligence.

All of this has finally edged out Thanksgiving. This year, some of the largest retailers not only opened on Black Friday, but on Thanksgiving Day. All I can say is I am glad I have a mute button on my TV. Since 2000, real TV news, or investigative reporting, has been largely replaced with corporate profit motivation.

No longer is it designed like news reporting once was, that informed for the public good.

Now, holiday corporation news promotions have made many Americans “shopping addicts” and consumer-driven compulsive buyers. Evidence of this is in the recent storm shopping we have all viewed on major news channels. Are we consumers, or being consumed?

Did you know that low pay for employees by many fast food companies and large corporate retailers is now drawing protest across the country? These Christmas protesters are calling for a living wage to feed their families and pay for their rent and living expenses. America’s taxpayers are having to subsidize these employees with food stamps and Medicaid, while some of their CEOs make up to 500 percent over wages paid their average employee.

I also believe having to buy goods made in Taiwan and Bangladesh, rather than made in America, is shameful. Our dollars need to be put back into our local economy. It may take the American public revolting to what “greed” has done. Our traditional values are a thing of the past, unless “we” change it back.

Darwin Yeary, Weatherford

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