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You think Turkey Day's become an overly commercialized, royal-pain-in-the-ass holiday during which dysfunctional families reunite just to fight and fling food at one another -- second only to Christmas in the retail extortion department? We do, too. And we sent cub reporter Jared Neumark onto the streets of Down... er Uptown Charlotte to see what some of your peers think of the flagrantly anti-Native American celebration. With pen, pad and digital camera in hand, he asked one simple question:

Has Thanksgiving become little more than a celebration of gluttony?

Tracy Jones: It's not a celebration of gluttony for my family, but I think for America it is. We have to remember that our children are learning to stuff themselves from us. We're passing it on to the next generation. It's no surprise why obesity is such a problem in our country.

I never serve turkey in my house. It doesn't last; it's too dry. I usually serve a ham with only two or three side dishes.

Shelia Bumgarner: Most Americans eat until they're sick. They gorge themselves on traditional Thanksgiving stuff. Then they plop on the couch to watch a football game and eat dips, pies, anything else they can find. Then they go out for hot dogs, hamburgers or Chinese food, come home and dig in the fridge for the leftovers. We go to the beach with all our friends for a potluck meal. None of us overeat.

Samir Amin: No, I don't think gluttony is a part of it. Thanksgiving is time to get together with family. We have the traditional Thanksgiving stuff: turkey and stuffing. It's not like we sit around and pig out.

Barry Underwood: What Thanksgiving's become isn't what it's supposed to be. It used to be a time to reflect on everything you had, but as Americans, we ruined it.

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