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[wikipedia]Columbus Day isn't particularly celebrated in most of the country, much less Davis. Usually it only affects banks, some small businesses, the post office and other government jobs. Columbus Day is the 12th of October, though some places attach it to the nearest weekend. Students of the Davis Joint Unified School District do not get the day off. Some people think Davis should develop some sort of tradition to celebrate this mostly uncelebrated national holiday.

Due to controversy over [wikipedia]the person whom the holiday is named for (some people blame his actions for the genocide of Native Americans over the next few hundred years), many people have strong feelings regarding this holiday despite the relative lack of observation.

This page scores high on the lameness factor.

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2005-10-08 20:34:54   Not to make light of any death, but should we be a little more objective about this holiday? I mean, I am the son of immigrants, and the way this page is written, my existence and my life as it has been has been dependent on genocide... —PaulAmnuaypayoat

Well, yeah, it has. Fuck mincing words. TobinJones


2007-03-25 21:22:47   The genocide of Native Americans? Come on. I've heard of the [WWW]Bloody Island Massacre too, but I also know that people living here before Columbus appeared were doing it to each other long before that just because it is what people in groups do to other groups of people. —NickSchmalenberger


2007-03-25 22:03:50   Can we revisit the neutrality of this page? I mean, there are a lot of economic (as in not social justice related) reasons for not formally celebrating Columbus Day. As an example, my company works on that day because all of the freight carriers work on that day too... —PaulAmnuaypayoat


2007-03-25 22:12:28   Feel free to make any edits you wish. The anti-Columbusian bias saddens me. —JosephBleckman


2007-03-25 23:08:45   Well, as far as that goes I don't think this page has anything specific to Davis at all. Unless Davis actually does something special for Columbus Day, such as if somebody has actually done any of these "traditions" on more than one such day, this page doesn't need to exist at all. —NickSchmalenberger


2007-03-25 23:26:21   As an agnostic, I could complain about the presence of Christmas on the wiki but I understand having a page a page for the holiday. Here, we have just as an absurd of a holiday, with suggestions for ways of celebrating. Chill out and leave it be. Now, in honor of Jospeph being saddened by Columbus bashing, here is an excerpt for his October 11, 1492 journal. The day he landed: It appears to me, that the people are ingenious, and would be good servants and I am of opinion that they would very readily become Christians, as they appear to have no religion. They very quickly learn such words as are spoken to them. If it please our Lord, I intend at my return to carry home six of them to your Highnesses. Sounds like a great guy to me, capture 'em and enslave 'em. —RobRoy


2007-03-26 13:44:35   Wonderful, thank you Brent for your contribution. Please integrate it into the article. —NickSchmalenberger


2007-03-27 01:55:07   Ok, I may be the guy that brought Jason Webley to Davis but I had no part in making this page. That said, taking the random things list off the page is dumb. The list has several links to other wiki pages - in case you did not know this: the more links in a wiki, the better. I'm aggitated by the johnny come latelys to the wiki that don't recognize that the website is for fun as well. Give Brent a chance, maybe next Columbus Day something entertaining will happen at the post office. Also, I cannot believe people are being genocide deniers on the matter of Native Americans. Columbus did begin the European migration to the Americas, which directly caused the genocide of the native populations. I know the blood on our hands may be hard to deal but stop being wusses and accept it. Either that, or go back to kindergarten where that ignorance is accepted. —RobRoy


2007-03-27 10:34:22   I don't see why there's all this hostility toward him. [wikipedia]He embodies the idea that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and has solved dozens of murders. —CraigBrozinsky

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