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What Do You Think?

November 27, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: With the holiday shopping season moving into high gear, do you expect to spend more this year, spend less this year, spend about the same amount or not buy gifts?

o "With Obama and the Democrats plotting to tax and steal more and more money from me, I will be forced to spend less this year in anticipation of huge tax increases."

o "Being unemployed and (having) no luck finding a job yet, I won't be buying any gifts this year for my children. I'll make up for it when tax time rolls around. Think next year, I'll start to save a few dollars back each week."

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o "I'm not getting a Christmas bonus this year that I have had every year for the past seven years. I usually count on this to get through Christmas. So things are going to be much tighter this year. At least I still have a job for now. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are out of work right now. Hang in there, folks."

"My wife and I have agreed that all we need is each other and will not be exchanging any material gifts this year. However, we have a 10-year-old daughter and she will be getting gifts. ... The economy is hurting us all, but I will not let it hurt my daughter if I can help it, even if I do without. To the rest of you in this same boat, I truly hope you can find a way to make Christmas special for yourselves and your loved ones."

o "The adult family and friends will not be exchanging gifts this year. ... When choosing between paying the bills to keep a roof over your head or buying the kids gifts, you pay the bills."

o "It's a little hard to go all out for kids when I have three of them in this economy. Unless I let my rent, gas and electric bills go and have the state pay them for me ... that seems to be the only way to get ahead any more. It's sad, real sad. I guess this will be the year I teach my kids it's about family, not about gifts."

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