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Old 05-19-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Today Downtown Scranton hosted its annual Armed Forces Parade to honor our brave men and women in uniform during a time of war. I was unable attend because my employer, Lowe's, frowns upon ever giving me the luxury of having either a Saturday or Sunday off, but my heart was certainly there with those marching through the city streets. I just watched the story about it on the 11 PM local news (which was also capped off by a touching story about local WWII veterans visiting the WWII Memorial in DC), and the turnout was visibly-sparse. In contrast, Scranton's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is amongst the largest in the nation and draws tens of thousands of tourists to the city, many of whom use the day as an excuse to get hammered and stroll around town.

Many businesses in the metro experienced a noticeable decline in consumer traffic during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, but Lowe's was busier than ever today while our soldiers marched through an empty downtown. What's wrong with this picture? Since when did buying cow manure take precedence over saying "Thanks" to those who provided us with the freedom to purchase that bag of manure at one of a large variety of outlets and in a variety of different brands in a capitalist society? Since when did boozing it up at 9 AM on St. Patrick's Day take precedence over waving a flag? Is Scranton the only U.S. city that has lost touch with reality?
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Today Downtown Scranton hosted its annual Armed Forces Parade to honor our brave men and women in uniform during a time of war. I was unable attend because my employer, Lowe's, frowns upon ever giving me the luxury of having either a Saturday or Sunday off, but my heart was certainly there with those marching through the city streets. I just watched the story about it on the 11 PM local news (which was also capped off by a touching story about local WWII veterans visiting the WWII Memorial in DC), and the turnout was visibly-sparse. In contrast, Scranton's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is amongst the largest in the nation and draws tens of thousands of tourists to the city, many of whom use the day as an excuse to get hammered and stroll around town.

Many businesses in the metro experienced a noticeable decline in consumer traffic during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, but Lowe's was busier than ever today while our soldiers marched through an empty downtown. What's wrong with this picture? Since when did buying cow manure take precedence over saying "Thanks" to those who provided us with the freedom to purchase that bag of manure at one of a large variety of outlets and in a variety of different brands in a capitalist society? Since when did boozing it up at 9 AM on St. Patrick's Day take precedence over waving a flag? Is Scranton the only U.S. city that has lost touch with reality?
I hear ya. I don't think that phenomenon is limited to good ol' Scranton. Even major military towns like Colorado Springs or conservative towns like Denver are like that. It's an American problem and it's a patriotism problem that needs to be solved.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Destined to be banned
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This nations priorities:
Football
Basketball
Baseball
Nascar
American Idol

....In that order.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:25 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Scranton, most of the folks are too busy watching American Idol or sitting at Starbucks listening to Katherine McPhee on their iPods. Cmon man, I thought you understood modern society and their lack of respect/intelligence. LOL
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Old 05-20-2007, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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This nations priorities:
Football
Basketball
Baseball
Nascar
American Idol

....In that order.
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