Valentine’s Day should not be banned. It should be celebrated to its maximum potential! As a celebration of love, the holiday promotes happiness and well-being. In addition, Valentine’s Day can benefit local businesses like flower shops, chocolate makers, and restaurants. In fact, consumers spend approximately $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day each year. Canceling this holiday could potentially result in job losses and a dip in the economy. Finally, people are free to celebrate the day any way they like. If they don’t want to buy gifts or flowers, they can show their love in other ways. The important thing is to take a day to express affection and appreciation for the people in your life.
—Erinn Luo, New York