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McGregor: Black Thursday?

Thanksgiving continued happily along until the 1960s, when retailers like Macy’s started big sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Now, of course, we know it as Black Friday, America’s high holy day of deals. It’s been crowding Thanksgiving ever since. To traditionalists, it’s a heretical invasion of one of the few moments of reflection we have left; to others it’s the perfect celebration of our land of plenty. Can Thanksgiving and Black Friday coexist as two sides of the American coin?/Ted S. McGregor, Inlander. More here.

Question: Is there something hypocritical re: celebrating reflective Thanksgiving on Thursday and then gourging ourselves on gift buying the following day, on Black Friday?

McGregor: All For Naught

It's been 10 years and still nobody can figure out what to call the past decade. At the beginning of the 2000s, columns like this were full of ideas for what to call the first 10th of the 21st century. None of them stuck. The only one that fits is the Aughts — a shortened version of “naught” used by Shakespeare and Milton when they wanted their words to really sing. And naught means nothing, so we really just lived through a decade of nothing. Like I said, it does kind of fit. Maybe there’s another alliteration to consider — the Oughts, as in the decade in which we “ought to” have done something but, instead, did aught, or naught/Ted S. McGregor, Inlander. More here.

Question: Should the first decade of the 21st Century be called the “Aughts,” as Ted McGregor suggests?

McGregor: Enlightenment Tax

Maybe people are simply adjusting. Anecdotes about the high cost of education are everywhere — a recent New York Times Magazine story details the plight of 20 somethings too broke to move out of their parents’ basements. Young people — and, often, mom and dad — are finishing college with unprecedented debt loads. To put it in the visceral parlance of contemporary politics, it’s like a tax on trying hard. By choosing not to fund higher ed, our leaders are over burdening the newest recruits to the working class — and potentially crippling our economic future. Some are giving up. According to a recent Delta Project report on higher ed, more college students today are abandoning their education, and low-income applicants are finding it particularly hard to take those first steps toward realizing the American Dream/Ted S. McGregor, Inlander. More here.

Question: Can you afford to send your children to college?

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