The Herald Bulletin

November 25, 2012

You Said It: About Black Friday shopping, USA withdrawal petition

The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of readers’ comments from and the newspaper’s editorial board.

Although the following was not a news article in The Herald Bulletin, the question was posed on The Herald Bulletin’s Facebook site and received a lot of reader response.

Who is Bob J. of Alexandria? He has created a petition for Indiana to “peacefully withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.”

THB: Since the election, there have been secession petitions in all 50 states. The one with the most people signing is Texas. All petitions are set up at the White House and some 600,000 signatures have been added. This secession mania occurred after President Barack Obama was elected the first time and have now intensified since his re-election. Adam Cohen, writing on Ideas website, said, "The Constitution, which provides processes for new states to enter the union and for current states to divide or reconfigure, does not have a provision for states to leave the union. A state would have to leave by force.”

Crowds find Black Friday easier to navigate this year (story published Nov. 24).

THB: OK, not everyone was satisfied. But stores made a concerted effort to get people off their computers and into stores, and heavy crowds were reported. Because Black Friday actually began Thursday night might account for the lack of strife in stores. And if you were out Thursday night or Friday morning, you’d realize a large number of places to shop in Anderson. And they were full of shoppers. As for the Wal-Mart employees, we’ll take this with a grain of salt. Those shopping had a distinct advantage over those working: Time off with family and friends. Most employees we saw were courteous and ready to help, but maybe later, in their break room, they were saying the same disparaging remarks about the customers they faced. With that, we welcome the season of good will toward men.