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‘Healing Divisions’ and ‘Unity’ Are Unconstitutional

Bruce Thornton, Does it matter what America’s Founders wanted? Thanksgiving Day elicited several calls for “unity” and “healing,” following a divisive and bitterly fought presidential election. Several pundits referenced Abraham Lincoln’s wish “to heal the wounds of the nation,” which he articulated in the speech instituting Thanksgiving Day in 1863. Donald Trump said in his

Carrier: We’ve reached a deal with Trump to keep close to 1,000 jobs in the U.S.

We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon. Air conditioning company Carrier said Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with President-elect Donald Trump that would keep 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Indiana’s

Porch Pirates Crash the Holidays: Home Security

The Grinch, apparently, has transformed into the Porch Pirate. A survey last year by found that 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes before they could open them. Also, the USPS received more than 96,000 complaints about stolen mail last year, according to Ring, a video doorbell company. The flow of

Tidings of comfort and joy: Why shoppers seeking comfort will be retailers’ joy

Roger Beahm,  After an exceptionally divisive election season and the ongoing fall-out, people are in search of the comfort and nostalgia that comes with the holidays, perhaps turning to some retail therapy. While the National Retail Federation estimates consumers will spend, on average, $935 shopping this holiday season (down 1.7 percent from last year), there’s

Thanksgiving and America’s health

Dr. Marc Siegel,  Thanksgiving is a time for rejoicing and healing, for celebrating our freedom. It couldn’t come at a better time this year then after such a fractious and polarizing election. But as Melanie Kirkpatrick points out in her new evocative and comprehensive history of the holiday, even Thanksgiving has been a source of controversy

Why Is Thanksgiving on the Fourth Thursday of November?

We don’t know exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated, so what does the date mean? The very first Thanksgiving — the one with the Pilgrims and Squanto — is commonly believed to have been held in mid-October, right as harvest season was finishing up. Why, then, do we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday

A Trump Win Gives Holiday Shoppers Green Light to Spend

Forget a white Christmas. Consumers across America are seeing green as their holiday dreams have been sweetened by bigger budgets and boosted confidence levels. Optimism about the end of a tumultuous election year and record highs on Wall Street – which has been dubbed the “Trump rally” — have helped prime Main Street America’s pocketbooks

Guns and Hoses: The News Media Helped Pull the Trigger

D.W. Wilber, On Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving Day in St. Louis there will be a charity event called “Guns and Hoses”, an annual event pitting Police Officers and Firefighters against each other in amateur three round boxing matches. A celebratory evening bringing thousands of people together and filling the St. Louis hockey arena

A Consistent Attitude of Gratitude Makes People Happier and Healthier

Susan Stamper Brown, Don’t Let the Election Ruin Thanksgiving. If Americans figured out how to get along after the Civil War, there is no excuse for people canceling their Thanksgiving Day plans because of the 2016 presidential election. If that’s the case, obviously, their problems extend far beyond politics. After the Civil War, President Abraham