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And on the seventh day

It is commendable that you are concerned about the massive consumption practised by North Americans, and Nova Scotians in particular ("Shopping maul," June 1). Linking that concern to Sunday shopping, however, is spurious and irrelevant.

Why have you limited your indignation to the retail sector? If reduction of consumption is the goal, then it would be equally logical to advocate for the closure of restaurants and movie theatres on Sundays. Automobiles are among the worst sources of pollution, so you should also seek to ban them from the roads on Sundays. Since there is nothing special to truly distinguish retail from movie theatres, gas stations or Tim Hortons—whether the argument is to reduce consumption or to give us a day of rest—it should be all or nothing. Anything less is illogical and discriminatory.

By Cathy Merriman

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