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Is it too soon for Martin Luther King Day sales?
Is it too soon for Martin Luther King Day sales?

In the early 1980s, I was a (youthful) member of the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when the topic turned to the proposal for a national holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Playing devil’s advocate, I asked whether a King holiday wouldn’t degenerate into just another excuse to stay home from work (or school). I also, half-facetiously, suggested that once the holiday was established, retailers would be offering Martin Luther King Day sales. Call me a prophet. “Retailers Turn MLK Day Into a Shopping Bonanza” reads the headline on CBS News’ Money Watch website. The story that follows cites several examples of the commercialization of the holiday, and they’re doozies:...

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