Photoshop Elements: Why does my flat document open as "background"?

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When I hit Command/O to open a photo, it opens as "background", which means you can't do many kinds of edits. Why am I forced to click Layer/New/Layer from Background/OK for every single last photo in order to use everything in PSE? This is what crippleware does, not professional purchased software...
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No, that happens in Photoshop as well.

Documents that have no transparency or layers open as a background -- because that is the representation of a flat document without transparency or layers. The background is not locked, you can edit it as-is. Nothing is forcing you to add a layer or change the background to a layer.
If you add layers, or convert the background to a layer - then you've added things that the file format can't support, and you probably can't save back to the original file format.