Let kids en­joy child­hood with trick or treat

Set­ting age limit won’t dis­cour­age bad be­hav­ior

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - RUSTY WASHUM EMA LEA SHOOP

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 let­ters@yu­masun.com.

DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS OR NOT?

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.

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