Columbus Day - Feh
"Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America." James Joyce
I so don't care about Columbus Day. Not to rank on my friends of Italian descent, but really, a federal holiday for a man who in fact didn't discover America?
We celebrate ethnic heritage in this country. Which is a good thing. St. Patrick's Day, Pulaski Day, Cinco di Mayo, even Bastille Day. No reason not to have Columbus Day too.
But to close down government offices, banks, schools, many corporations and the stock exchange is excessive and expensive. Plus, it perpetuates a historical myth. Not the best way to educate our children.
Congress creates federal holidays. Who got to them about Columbus? I have an equal discomfort about Martin Luther King Day and have said so here.
Our country is lousy with holidays. Here's the one I'd most like to see Congress create:
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