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Labor Day is for most of us the unofficial last day of summer.  The days are getting shorter, the kids are heading off to school, and we’re beginning to look at winter with trepidation.  The majority of Americans get the day off today.  But, if you are one of the many who do not, this is a day that has very little meaning to you.  Taxi cab drivers, hospital workers, fire and police, the military, airline workers, gas attendants, grocery and retail workers, and of course your favorite barista.  Come to think of it, that’s quite a few Americans that do not get this day off.  That’s simply not right.  If we plan on giving one day to celebrate and honor the common laborer, why are all of these people working?  Granted we need the emergency services, but why can’t we just ground everyone else with a day off, to celebrate the working people?  This is for instance one of the few holidays that we can all share in.  Most companies, unlike government agencies, do not get Columbus Day off, Martin Luther King Day, or President’s Day.  If you live in Chicago you get Pulaski day off.  We really only share several common days off with everyone.  Christmas, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving Day, but even on those days many people are working.  From a healthy lifestyle perspective, we really should take those days off.  I can’t imagine what would happen if our consumable lifestyles would just take the day off.  Perhaps a time for personal reflection, or greater BBQ attendance?  Doesn’t matter what strokes your boat, giving ourselves a break from the every day madness would do ourselves and the environment a lot of good.

John Vlahakis

Enjoying the day off.
Enjoying the day off.

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