With all due respect, may I point out that one of the main tenets of Judaism is gratitude - DAILY gratitude - for all our myriad blessings, not least among them this glorious country? As a Lakewood resident and amateur historian specializing in the Jewish experience throughout American history, I honestly say that I thank G-d on a weekly, if not daily, basis for the shelter and freedoms of this great country. I - and, may I be so bold, my fellow Lakewood residents - do not feel the need to limit our gratitude to one day of reflection over turkey and cranberries. Whilst I agree that infringing on the Thanksgiving celebrations of hardworking bus drivers is in bad taste, I would respectfully like to disagree with the assumption that Thanksgiving (the holiday) must be observed in order to express thanksgiving (the emotion).
Remand of Meir Ettinger, Israel's most wanted Jewish terror suspect, extended (Haaretz)
from the article: How U.S. yeshivas got it wrong on Thanksgiving