Reaction: Ed Lovern, president of the Hazard & Perry
County Chamber of Commerce said: "The president spoke of
too much time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving when he made the
decision, but failed to take into consideration that Armistice Day
was declared a national holiday by congress last year, and the new
date of November 23rd will throw Armistice Day and Thanksgiving only
12 days apart."
celebrated before we had an American government. The day came into
prominence before our forefathers fought for independence and should
be kept as a sacred day, without any changes. There are some things
that cannot be changed without taking something from us that has
become a part of our lives.” L. O. Davis, secretary
of the Hazard Chamber of Commerce
“We are creatures of habit and to try and change
one as long standing as the Thanksgiving habit, is almost
unthinkable. Not that it makes any difference to me personally, but
I can hardly conceive of changing Thanksgiving.” W. W. Reeves,
“I ain’t sayin’
nothin'', so don’t quote me.” Z. Coleman Daniel with the Hazard Gas Company
“I have always been taught that
Thanksgiving was a day set aside for the purpose of giving thanks
for our many blessings, and not a day to be used commercially for
the benefit and convenience of merchants. There are a few things
more sacred than making money.” E. H. McGuire, insurance salesman in Hazard.
“Roosevelt has put the screws to many other
things and doing more won’t make much difference." Dr. J. C. Coldiron,
last Thursday in November was good enough for the Pilgrims. It
should be good enough for Rube. It would be hard to find anyone in
favor of the change.” R. L. Gordon, head of
the Kentucky and West Virginia Power Company in Hazard.
“There are arguments for and against
the change. Football managers and fans should be given some serious
consideration and the change not made upon such short notice.”
W. M Ribble, an employee
of the power company.
“Roosevelt has changed everything but the Ten
Commandments so why not let him change Thanksgiving. Seriously
speaking, I think that the change should never be made without
giving at least a years notice. Then there is serious doubt about
the advisability of making the change." W. A. Stanfill, Hazard
“Well...you know what I think of
most of Roosevelt’s ideas. Should I say more?” Lawrence Hubbard,
insurance agent in Hazard.
“He makes me sick! Who does he
think he is, anyhow?” Miss Lewis, the clerk at
the Grand Hotel in Hazard.
“Traditionally, Thanksgiving is the
last Thursday in November of each year, set apart by the Pilgrims
during early American History. That day has been observed ever
since, as a day set aside for giving thanks for all blessings, both
spiritual and material. To me, it seems a sacrilege for any man,
even though living in the modern age, to change it.” Harry Howes with
Citizens Bank in Hazard.
hell have I to be thankful for anyhow? Ain’t got nothin’ and
don’t want nothin’.” Unidentified
curb-warmer on the Perry County Court House square.
I was disappointed to see an article like this criticizing
FDR. Obviously a biased report, every opinion being negative
and not one positive quote. But after recognizing the names
and titles of people interviewed it was meant to be that way. No
mention of the working middle class citizens that generally loved
and idolized the President. Apparently the person that
generated this piece of trivia is not aware of how popular Roosevelt
was in the 30s, considering the fact that in the Presidential
elections of 1936 & 1944 he carried 46 & 36 states of the
original 48. Just another failed attempt to disparage the best
President we ever had preaching to a congregation that does not know
who Roosevelt was and what he contributed to this country.
Sonny Watts, Riverside, OH
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