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TELL US: Should Mass. Blue Laws Be Eliminated?

Blue laws prohibit retailers from opening before midnight on Black Friday.

Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, as some national retailers have announced they will open the night of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. However, here in Massachusetts, state blue laws prohibit stores from opening until midnight, according to an article in the Boston Globe. 

Current blue laws prohibit retailers in the state from opening on Thanksgiving, thus preventing them from getting an early start on Black Friday sales, according to the Globe article. Some exceptions are restaurants, health care facilities and gas stations. 

The laws, instituted in the 17th century, are intended to make sure holidays are properly observed, according to the Boston Globe. 

Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated? Should they be eliminated? Tell us in the comments section below.

L. Tinkham November 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM
The Laws should stay. I, along with many others, believe that the change many years ago for stores to open on Sundays started the downfall of family values. Sunday was the day that everyone stayed together and did things as a family. Some went to church together but not all. Granted it was also at a time when it was necessary for a two income family but it was also a guaranteed day to be able to spend the quality time needed with the parents. Now parents are having to work all times of the day and week that there is no time together and the kids are left to fend for themselves or with babysitters. Family quality time is fading fast. Family time is also what makes memories when you are older that you can look back on and laugh (or cry). Memories last a lifetime. And NO I am not that old but old enough to see and understand the change when the law was changed when I was a child!
Saber Walsh November 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I totally agree. The Moonbats who screech "OOOH, OOOH, WE NEED TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE!" would support getting rid of these laws because it ties back to a time when morality and ethics could be taught in our schools. But even if you were one of those Moonbats, the above posting hit it right on the head. And on top of that, Sundays were great for those father-son driving lessons at the North Shore Shopping Center! Well, well said!
Doreen Bonia November 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I voted against the BLUE LAWS yrs ago, and it is true the family values are all gone, ALL these stores think about is MONEY and how much profit they are going to make and besides these stores today pay fines and open anyway. Bring me back the days that Sunday was a day of rest or just a Lazy day to do things with your families and you know what is funny is we knew the stores would be closed and planned appropriately and survived, IMAGINE???? Tired of the way this world is going. Before you know it around here there won't be any Holidays left, there already starting with Thanksgiving and just wait Christmas will be next. I don't know about you people but I need a day of rest, I woke long hard hours and I am tired
Don Hammond November 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
L. Tinkham hit it on the head! Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. We need to work on the sales tax next. We had the opportunity to lower it and blew it. Boarding New Hampshire, businesses in this state are suffering horribly to consumers going north to make their purchases. Combine that with the online sales and it's a perfect storm to wipe our business left and right, which is happening. Small businesses especially. Jobs lost, tax revenue lost, in state commerce and spending lost. Doesn't add up to me.....
Don Hammond November 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I agree 100%. Family values are gone. We can't put up Christmas trees anymore. No more holiday parties at schools for kids. Political Correctness is ruining our "melting pot". Now they don't want me to have my coffee in a styrofoam cup and want me to pay for a bag to bring my groceries home. Having to wash a resusable cup everyday...using water, and energy to heat the water, and disposing of soap........is it really that much better. People are nuts!
Mike Schulze November 18, 2012 at 04:51 AM
FYI , It was Weld Celucci and Peter Torkildson that eliminated the other holidays. For those of you over the age of 30 you will remember question 5. I remember it well fighting to keep the other holidays.I was on with David Brudnoy and argued with Celluci over this and he said then we want Thanksgiving and Christmas too.Romney world.People should be able to go to Walmart whenever they want to!Torkildson was labor Secty.at time Question 5 passed by 3%? Gone all holidays now they want the other 2.A shame! Did The pilgrims plan Black Friday?or the Chinese? Keep the blue laws and go back to the other holidays,like Labor Day!
David Johnson November 18, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Massachusetts claims they have no money. Well stop sending us to New Hampshire for Black Friday deals. The Blue law is old and out dated let's get rid of it.
B. Daubach November 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You know as well as I do that, if they eliminate these Blue Laws, greedy employers will essentialy FORCE their minimum wage workers to come in during holidays. It is wrong, and threatens the values that makes America great. Everyone deserves a couple days off a year with food, family and fun. It shouldn't all be about the "almighty dollar!" I don't like where our country is heading.
B. Daubach November 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You know as well as I do that, if they eliminate these Blue Laws, greedy employers will essentialy FORCE their minimum wage workers to come in during holidays. It is wrong, and threatens the values that makes America great. Everyone deserves a couple days off a year with food, family and fun. It shouldn't all be about the "almighty dollar!" I don't like where our country is heading.
Richard Clifford April 18, 2013 at 09:17 PM
It's tie to bring back the Blue Laws, closing big box stores on all Sundays and holidays! (The convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies & restaurants) should be allowed to stay open.
Richard Clifford April 18, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Sorry, I meant to say it's TIME to bring back the blue laws! Malls, department stores, supermarkets and liquor stores should be closed on Sundays and holidays. However, the convenience stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, amusement parks, flea markets and yard sales can stay open. After all, small business deserves to stay alive.

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