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Category: Holidays
November 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Thanksgiving: Mourning lost traditions

I’m starting to think the Pilgrims aren’t the only ones who are no longer around. Thanksgiving itself seems to be approaching extinction. With Thanksgiving still more than a week away, I went to three stores trying to find Thanksgiving napkins and plates for my holiday table. One clerk, after looking rather perplexed, said, “If we had…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Holidays, Linda L. Dodge, Thanksgiving

October 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Choose a different day than Columbus Day

On Oct. 6, the Seattle City Council unanimously declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle, and encouraged other institutions to recognize the Day — reaffirming the city’s commitment to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community [“Seattle council faces backlash from…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Italian Americans, Joseph Grande

October 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Indigenous People’s Day: Not all Italians support Columbus Day celebrations

Those supposed leaders in the Italian-American community who oppose Indigenous People’s Day on the same day as Columbus Day do not speak for all of us of Italian descent [“‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight,” Local News, Oct. 9]. They certainly don’t speak for me. I, and many others, agree wholeheartedly with the long-overdue…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Kshama Sawant

October 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Columbus Day: Name change is an attempt to delete a part of U.S. history

Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same date as Columbus Day is an attempt to delete a part of U.S. history [“‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight,” Local News, Oct. 9]. European exploration of the Americas led to subjugation of New World natives and African slaves. It wasn’t pretty. But it’s…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Phillip Johnson

November 26, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains

Hundreds of frozen turkeys are shown before being distributed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Hundreds of frozen turkeys are shown before being distributed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

President Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey [“Let’s talk turkey about shopping on the holiday,” page one, Nov. 25].

Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance — one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.

And here are more terrific reasons:

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October 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Halloween: Lines need to be drawn

Children in costume check each other’s candy collection while celebrating Halloween. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) Did we forget our commitment to a healthy country? Halloween is not just another holiday [“Don’t be a deadbeat on Halloween,” Opinion, Oct. 30]. It is a celebration of the sugar industry (subsidized by all of us), food manufacturers (who…

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March 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Lake Union Fourth of July fireworks show lacks funds

Seattle’s superrich should contribute to public event The 4th of July fireworks show over Lake Union, 2012. The organizers of the annual event, One Reel, have estimated a need of $400,000 for the show this year. Fundraising ends March 31. (ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES) What’s wrong with Seattle? With the number of multimillionaires in…

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July 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Fireworks: sounding off on explosive celebration

Fireworks lawsuit might not have been too off target Even a callused fool could have seen the irony in a sign reading “No dogs at public beaches” at many of Seattle’s beaches after the Fourth of July festivities concluded. The irony and disgust sure didn’t slip my mind as I walked down to North Seattle’s Haller…

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