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December 2, 2012

HOPKINS: Pulling a foot out of the mouth

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “And for my black friends, after I say ‘Merry Christmas,’ I always include ‘and Happy Kawanzaa, too.’

“I do this out of respect for what they believe and how they wish to honor this season. It has nothing to do with being PC but everything to do with respect, acceptance, understanding, compassion and tolerance for the wonderful diversity in our great land.

“So to all those reading this, ‘Happy Anything you may be celebrating this season, and may you know its light and peace in your life and in the new year.’ “

A woman named Lisa took me to task for stirring up a hornet’s nest on “old news.”

“Part of the reason they do that is because America is a place of many religions and beliefs and I see no harm in recognizing all as well as not offending those are of different faiths.I think they have gotten to the ridiculous level with some things myself but it is hardly anything to stir up a debate again, which you know that will only do and solve nothing.

“The importance of this time of year is not how you say it but it should be what is behind it. For those who choose to use Merry Christmas and are religious it is God and Jesus.To those who are fine with Happy Holidays (like me) it should be a reminder of happy memories, the ideal of getting along during this time and what the holiday should include like warm feelings, nods to strangers, enjoying the music, decorations etc.

“I know this is a bit idealistic but why not write about those things instead of strife, hurt egos and whatever else you try to stir? Why not talk about the “magic” of the time of year, whatever you call it. The secret to life is getting along..And along with that is recognizing others. I have no problem seeing signs or wishes, no matter how they are conveyed because I am trying to look for the positive of the season. Not trying to nit pick, encourage outrage over a non issue.

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