Opening stores on Thanksgiving is disrespectful. The holiday is universally celebrated in our country, having no religious or ethnic connection. It belongs to us all, whether our ancestors shared the original dinner of thanks with Native Americans or not. To say that people need more shopping time because the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter this year is a lame excuse. To claim that big box stores need the money is irrelevant; its the small, local stores that were closed that need our business. To encourage more consumerism in a society where shopping is almost a lifestyle is irresponsible.
If you agree, let the few big box stores that were closed on Thanksgiving know that you appreciate that, and let those that were open at whatever time know that you will not be shopping in their store on Thanksgiving next year or on any other major holiday.