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Poll: Should Columbus Day be a Federal Holiday?

Today is Columbus Day. Since 1937, it has been a federal holiday in the United States. Do you think it should be?

Columbus Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October to commemorate Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.

Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in 1937.

For some, the holiday is controversial, viewing the European settlement of the Americas as the demise of the indigenous people who already populated the land. 

Others feel that Columbus was not the person who actually “discovered” America.

What do you think?  Should Columbus Day be a holiday? 

Vote in today’s poll and feel free to comment below.

Debbie October 11, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Wow! I didn't mean celebrate 9/11 on Columbus day - just meant a day off for it makes more sense; you make an awful lot of assumptions. I am sure there is still slavery - I am sure there is still blame - I don't think you can have feelings and not have blame. Forgiveness is the key.
George E. Mulligan October 11, 2011 at 07:42 PM
I raised issue: certain Republicans hate LABOR and would prefer 9/11 as Holiday rather than LABOR DAY. - I have no love for DEMON-crats or Republi-CAN'TS - I respect DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS . - However BUSH - CHENEY - ROCKEFELLERS portfolios directly & indirectly profited from 9/11. - Many people in both political parties PROFITED from 1999 to PRESENT while they have been STEALING from the unaffiliated. . Who makes more profit from DRUG TRAFFIC? > Pushers > Financiers > Political - Injustice system of Judges, Lawyers, Police/Enforcement, Court staff, Jailers, elected politicos, parole, rehab, 1/2 way houses, Hospitals/Treatment, DCF. Town/State/Fed committees. etc - Should we FEAR Columbian Drug Lords or DISTRICT of COLUMBIA Drug Lords or TAMMANY'S COLUMBIA ORDER or the PHARMA-CIA of the CIA. - GHW BUSH invaded PANAMA Manual Noriega - ex-CIA Didn't touch COCAINE LADEN COLUMBIA - W BUSH invaded OIL RICH IRAQ - Oil sold to CHINA CHINA: Standard Oil's best customer (Rockefeller) CHINA: Walmart is their Distribution network (Clinton & Rockefeller govenors) CHINA: NIXON opened, GHW Bush Ambassador, Prescott Jr-US Chamber of Commerce head. See 1970s redford movie: "3 Days of the Condor" = plot invade oil rich Mideast country W BUSH barely touched POPPY RICH Afgahanistan? - 2/2009 Obama's secretary of Energy: We have to figure a way to raise OIL/GAS prices to level of EUROPE. - 1492 COLUMBUS started European colonialism - world conquored
LINDA October 13, 2011 at 02:00 PM
COLUMBUS DAY, MLK DAY, SHOULD NOT BE PAID HOLIDAYS. IF MLK HAS A DAY WHY NOT JFK WHO WAS AT LEAST PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY, NEED TO GET RID OF SOME OF THESE DAYS. STICK WITH JULY 4TH, LABOR DAY WHICH COULD BE COMBINED WITH 9/11 AND THE NORMAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. COUNTRY COULD SAVE MILLIONS NOT GIVING STATE AND FEDERAL WORKERS THOSE DAYS OFF. ALSO SICK OF HEARING ABOUT SLAVERY. WAS WAY BEFORE ALL OUR TIMES WHY DO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. MISTAKES HAVE HAPPEN FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS THIS EARTH HAS BEEN HERE. DO I HEAR ANYBODY SAYING THEY ARE SORRY FOR THE ITALIAN PEOPLE WHO GOT SPIT AT AND HASSLED BY THE IRISH WHEN THEY CAME HERE. BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO PUT IT IN THE PAST AND MOVE ON. GO TO SCHOOL GO TO WORK LIKE THE REST OF US. STOP EXPECTING SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. THERE YOU GO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THIS STATEMENT PEOPLE.
George E. Mulligan October 13, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Slavery (dependancy) multiple forms: Actual, Bondage, Debt, Unemployment, Underemployment, At will, Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, Obesity, Contract steering. - If people actually listened to, and read, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Thomas Payne, Thomas Jefferson, Adam Smith, Lincoln, Rousseau, and many others people who think that they were talking or writing about a single group, would learn they are mistaken. - Everyone gets a turn in the barrel, rather than just any one group. My grandfather's peer group experienced Irish or Jews, or Italians, or Poles need not apply when looking for jobs. - Blacks were moved from plantations to ghettos and are still red lined. Linda - are you familiar with Scheff vs. O'Neill? - English oppressed English too. Same with Italians or Irish or Polish or Jews. - I have many Italians in my family and among my best friends - With so many slaves and conquerors in europe - who thinks there is such a thing as a pure blooded anything. - Linda - you have every right to your opinion. - However, the LAWS in the 1960s and subsequent to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder on the 1 year anniversary of him speaking out against War & specifically Vietnam War - a huge money maker - futher oppressed minorities & low income. - Do you know,,, what you don't know? - If police & politicians & lawyers get rich allowing drugs to prey on people & keep those people dependent .... - Linda - MLK message helped YOU!
Bill Canfield October 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Native Americans were here for Thousands of years before Columbus accidentally landed in North America. Columbus discovered how to get lost, trying to find China.

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