Let kids enjoy childhood with trick or treat
Setting age limit won’t discourage bad behavior
Yuma teenagers, be happy you don’t live in Chesapeake, Virginia.
According to a report in the San Diego UnionTribune, the city has passed an ordinance that “states anyone over the age of 12 participating in any ‘trickor-treat’ activity could be fined up to $100 and face a six-month jail term.” Say what? The Union-Tribune notes that the intention is to punish kids who are smashing pumpkins or committing acts of vandalism.
The city also has a strict rule that all kids have to be off the street by 8 p.m. sharp, and those who aren’t face up to $100 in fines and a 30-day jail term.
Wow. At what point did “trick or treat” become an event for only little kids? And why does the city think that saying “No” to trick or treating for older kids is going to stop them from vandalizing something?
Fact of the matter is, kids who are out trick-ortreating have a task: get as much candy as possible in a limited window of time. They are occupied, generally on a mission, and generally stay out of trouble.
Want to find vandals on Halloween? Look for the kids who AREN’T trick or treating. They are the ones without something to do, and if one could wager a guess, those kids are likely more prone to getting into some sort of mischief.
Plus, what’s with the rush to make children grow up so quickly? Trick or treating is a childhood tradition, and teens will eventually grow up and move away from it on their own. Why force it? If there was ever a time to let a child be a child, it’s on Halloween. Encourage them to dress up and have fun, go out and trick or treat. Whether or not a child is too old or not isn’t a decision to be made by the city — it should instead be made by individual families.
There should be some general rules of etiquette for trick or treaters of all ages. Only stop at houses with the porch light on, wrap it up by 9 p.m. at the latest, and be respectful while you are out and about. As long as those concepts are followed, trick or treat away, Yuma.
What do you think, Yuma? What age is too old to go trick or treating, or is there such an age limit? Let us know. Share your thoughts online at www.YumaSun. com, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watching the media parade and political frenzy of the Kavanaugh nomination hearings, I am sadly reminded of just how morally bankrupt some of our elected officials have become.
The Constitutional authority of due process was discarded for the convenience of political expediency. Certain senators and legal advisers must have been absent from school the day they taught the Constitution.
The presumption of innocence in our society is sacrosanct. Until you are proven guilty by verifiable evidence in a court of law, there should be a reasonable assumption that you are innocent. Brett Kavanaugh was never afforded this right.
I am reminded of the closing of the Declaration of Independence dissolving our relationship from the tyranny of England. This sham of a confirmation process enhanced my disdain for the powers that sought to crucify this man. They have no honor. Our founders did.
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
We don’t need used car salesmen guiding our country, we need statesmen.
So many people, unemployed or called in sick or on government benefits? And are their mobile devices a gift? And the service free?
What about the businesses in the area that shut down for their safety?
Oh, America, we are better than this.