Be clear on reasons for holidays


On March 29, I was on the phone to two major businesses — only to find they were closed in honor of Good Friday. What is Good Friday? It is commemorating the death of Jesus of Nazareth in the first century. So, I am thankful they are remembering that special day. I’ll call them, commend them, and do my own business on another day.

In watching News Channel 21 that same day, there was much chatter about “observing Easter” — but I do not recall one reference as to what Easter is about. Easter is remembering the day Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead, proving that His message was true. It is for this reason more people attend church on Easter than any other week of the year. It’s really not about parties, eggs and bunnies at all.

For example, if I make reference to Dec. 7, it is proper to recall the reason we remember that date (attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941). If we reference 9/11, it is proper to remember the day New York City was attacked.

Therefore, I urge all of our media to reference the reason for special holidays, whether they be New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, even Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, etc.

This letter could be read by some as “sour grapes.” I do not intend it to be that at all! I’m simply calling on journalists to reference their material in clear historical statements.

Don Boldt

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