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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 12:09 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Nov. 15, 2012

To the editor:

A few weeks ago, it was Alaska Day. The government offices were closed but the schools were open. I didn’t check to see if the banks were open or closed.

The following week, Columbus Day was on Oct. 8, not on Oct. 12 like it should have been. Government offices were closed and so were the banks. School was open and so was everything else. What is taught in school on these days — that holidays are for government employees and bankers?

I sure didn’t see anybody’s house decked out with cardboard cut-outs of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. How do you celebrate Columbus Day?

If we have separation between church and state, why are the government workers off with pay on Christmas Day? Maybe we can have Easter Monday.

I suppose we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July on July 8 this coming year because July 4 is on a Thursday. When will Thanksgiving Day be put on a Monday?

It seems to me holidays are for government employees and bankers. They don’t want to work Mondays.

I haven’t had a paid holiday since 1977 and that was at Metropolitan Steel Co. Since that time, I’ve never cared for holidays because we would get told “No work on Monday, stay home, it’s a holiday.” So I got to raise my family on a four-day paycheck instead of five, and it happened too often in a year’s time.

Let’s keep turning our clocks, too. We’ll all save time that way.

Have a good Thanksgiving.

Michael “Rattles” Kramer

Pleasant Valley

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