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Columbus did not discover America. We will be open today

Oct 12, 2009 Columbus did not discover America. We will be open today

For your information, our law firm will be open today, Columbus day, October 12.

The only reason thus far that I have identified to justify closing on Columbus day is to give my staff a well-deserved day off, which I can do on a different day from Columbus day.  Other than that, I do not agree with the holiday, particularly when no federal holiday exists to remember the Native Americans who suffered tremendously from the lengthy brutal and unjust treatment that followed over the years and centuries after Columbus’s arrival in the Western Hemisphere.  

As I understand it, Columbus was not even the first European explorer to find the Western Hemisphere. Perhaps all that was different about Columbus is that his arrival there led in rapid sequence to land grabs and domination in the hemisphere primarily by Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and France. Jon Katz.

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