In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
What were the best Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals that you have seen? Do you participate in either one? Why or why not?
SADLY, PAST PRESIDENT John F. Kennedy's assassination anniversary this Thanksgiving Day was not the main focus of the week, nor by the press. Our family household didn't forget though.
I didn't participate in the Black Friday shopping mess because it is just too convoluted, and I don't want to be trampled upon by the hordes of frenzied shoppers. I did purchase some electronic items that I could use, but I shopped during the regular daytime hours when the sales vampires were already gone for the day! I did see that the prices for the same things were cheaper at some stores and costlier at others. So, one had to basically screen the ads for the different places that had the lesser prices, driving to different stores when necessary.
It was obviously a great sales day for the stores and hopefully we can all get back to normal soon.
Oh no, Christmas is next and I hope there are deals without the same stampede making advertising and shopping hours involved.
Happy holidays to you all.
Ralph A. Hernandez
I DO NOT participate in Black Friday. At my age, there is nothing I desperately want or need that would get me up early, fight the traffic, stand in line, hoping the product is still available, and then wait in another line for the clerks to take my money.
I would rather sleep in after the Thanksgiving crowd has left. I find a nice cozy spot in front of the fire, have a nice warm drink and count again the blessings of yesterday, and recount again today with the added blessing that I am not out in the crowds exposing myself to viruses, rude shoppers, long lines and traffic jams. I would rather pay a little more and shop for the items I need online. It saves time, gas and frustration. I admit to being too old for "Black Friday."
This week's question:
Antioch is considering enhancing its employee retirement formula to entice veteran police officers to the city. Specifically, the city might amend its contract with the Public Employees' Retirement System to incorporate a 3 percent at age 50 formula for public safety hires. Would you support such a change? Why or why not?
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