BOSTON (CBS) – Should some stores keep their doors closed on Memorial Day?

A bill filed by state senators Bruce Tarr of Gloucester and Michael Knapik of Westfield would restrict certain retail stores from opening on the holiday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs will hear testimony on the proposal Wednesday.

“If you don’t know the meaning of Memorial Day, what it is all about, then you really don’t know the meaning of America,” Knapik told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

John Hurst of the Massachusetts Retailers Association has a son in the Navy.  He appreciates and honors Memorial Day, but thinks store owners have a right to be open and consumers have a right to shop on that day.

“It’s voluntary to open. It’s voluntary to work. It’s voluntary to shop, and I think this is, although well-meaning, it would be very detrimental to local employers, their employees and consumers,” Hurst said.

Hurst also noted that Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly in 1994 to allow stores to be open on Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July, and he believes that vote should remain the law.

Comments (8)
  1. PB87 says:

    That’s it! Drive even more business to the border states, especially New Hampshire.

  2. Ron says:

    No, Knapik, YOU don’t know the meaning of America if you try to bully people into going w/ your POV w/ your “Agree w/ me or you hate America” argument. America is about freedom and free enterprise, neither of which is embraced in your proposal. Why I would not be surprised if these guys also propose taking attendance at Memorial Day parades and fining citizens accordingly? Hey, maybe a law mandating a certain minimum amount of time you have to wave flags at parades as well. You know, in the interest of what America is “really” about.

  3. Dennis Chick says:

    Uh, no, it’s not voluntary to work. If they are open, you are working.

    1. Charlie says:

      Get another job then,, I did :)

  4. Charlie says:

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, why?? Another reason why people don’t want to do business here and live here, again this is the stupidest thing really that I’ve ever heard, STUPID!!!!!

  5. Thomas Hood says:

    Certain stores? What, some can be open and not others? All pet stores must close but gun stores are allowed to be open? Maybe only liquor stores, gun shops and pawn shops should be open. That’s what Amurika is all about after all!

  6. Italo says:

    It really is sad, yet sort of comical simultaneously, that each time our state’s pols shoot themselves in the foot, they look at what they’ve done and then seem cluelessly to load up the pistol and simply shoot it again. And they wonder why people feel they’re so out of touch with the everyday priority problems, crises and bureaucracy that we citizens are facing in our state. I completely respect Memorial Day and all those who have fought and do fight for our freedoms. But I believe that what they’re fighting for is also our freedom to be able to do business as private merchants if we so wish. If they want to go close state-run buildings and offices, go have a ball. But for those people who need or want to work, why deny them and their customers who can generate income and business? The pols have nothing more pressing to be legislating on and discussing, at the moment?? They should just put one-way red express lanes marked “This Way To Exit” to make it even easier for all the folks who are getting smart and getting out of Massachusetts for good.

  7. emom says:

    Yeah welcome to new america where government controls every thing and any thing you can do. Did anyone ever think before they voted on it, requested it or WHINED ABOUT IT. Like it or not this country will do anything to turn a few $$$$$$$.. guess we have to get use to people working 24/7 365 days a year, Just wait thanksgiving and christmas day will be next for all stores to be open. then BYE BYE family time. no wonder kids have no family morals any more. we have to work so much and spend zero time with our families, how sad that is.

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