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October 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM
Is it OK to turn off the porch light, hide in the basement and not open the door on Halloween to give out treats? Our Wednesday editorial, “Don’t be a deadbeat on Halloween,” said no and we asked readers to weigh in with their thoughts. Here are some edited excerpts from reader responses
I love Halloween. Our neighborhood is fairly popular for trick-or-treaters and on average we go through about 25 bags of candy. It is really fun to not only give out candy but to watch kids have such a great time. I have blown out the candle in the pumpkin and turned off the porch light but that is later and only because we had a particularly good year and ran out of candy before we had hoped. Those who turn off the lights and pretend not to be home are the ones missing out.”
— Clarence Geyen, Mill Creek
I’m one of them. Last time I checked, this was still a free country and we can treat … or not, as we choose.”
— Lorna Lou, Mountlake Terrace
I think that’s their prerogative and I don’t think any more or less of them. Halloween is not a mandatory participation activity.”
— Skye Koontz, Seattle
My dogs bark and have to be controlled. I only get teenagers who aren’t in costume and say, ‘I’m dressed as a high school student for Halloween.’ Most parents take their kids to organized events these days, so what’s the point? My light will be off.”
— Hilari Anderson, Seattle
Orthodox Jews, who live in several Seattle neighborhoods, such as Seward Park and Ravenna-Bryant, would not give out Halloween treats because Halloween is a holiday that espouses beliefs and traditions rooted in pagan Samhain and the Christian All Saints Day that are inappropriate for Jews to participate in.”
— Lynn Gottlieb, Seattle
And the growing sense of entitlement continues to spread. I have absolutely no problem with people leaving the light off, going out for the night or just ignoring the doorbell. It’s not something I would do — my wife and I look forward to seeing the costumes each year — but everyone certainly has a right to not spend their money on candy for strangers and to not get up and answer the door every 2 minutes all evening. And if the kids and their parents can’t handle it, too bad. May their bags be filled with Tootsie Rolls.”
— Doug Walsh, Snoqualmie
October 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM
On Monday we asked our readers: “Have you experienced the government shutdown?” Submissions have been coming in this week. Below are a few of the responses we’ve received, showing the human impact caused by the “high drama” of shuttering government. If you would like to contribute to our coverage, enter your submission in the form at the bottom of this post.
“My husband and I both work for the EPA and were sent home Monday. We work in the Superfund program where hazardous waste cleanups are now continuing without government oversight. We’ve got money saved, but many ‘feds’ live paycheck-to-paycheck and none of us know how long we’ll be off work or whether we’ll get paid for the time off.”
— Lynne Kershner, Seattle
Feeling the federal government shutdown here in Chimacum. Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park just canceled their large order we just washed and packed for them. Hopefully this all will be cleared up soon, for all the federal employees and programs — as well as for us lowly farmers.
— Karyn Williams, Red Dog Farm, Chimacum
Went to the McChord AFB Commissary Tuesday for regular shopping. Total madhouse. Amid signs and PA announcements that advised the Defense Commissary Agency is shutting down all stores in the continental U.S. until funding is approved by Congress. Imagine the impact of these huge stores losing all the fresh meat and produce during a forced shutdown? Plus the impact on our young enlisted personnel families losing this vital benefit?
— Ben Yount, Federal Way
I work in math advocacy and spend a lot of time on the U.S. Department of Education website finding and using education research. This is the message I got when trying to access the website: “Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host ies.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.”
— Aimee Krol, Seattle
My daughter finally got a federal job last week after at least seven years trying. She has a master’s degree and has been working for little more than minimum wage as she has sought professional level work in her field. The job requires her to move to another state. Now she is in limbo about what to do concerning her current job, her move, etc. Her family has been financially struggling for years. They don’t need this added stress and confusion.
— Diane Bommer, Port Townsend
I’ve had a passport appointment for two weeks that was canceled today due to the shutdown. I’m supposed to travel internationally in 3 weeks. If the government doesn’t get its act together soon, this trip I’ve been planning for so long obviously can’t happen.
— Jessica Mautone, Berkeley, Calif.
My 7-year-old daughter became fascinated with Zion National Park after her best friend visited there this summer. I surprised her by organizing a backpacking trip there leaving Oct. 2, complete with hard-to-get backcountry campsite reservations, plane tickets to Vegas and a rental car. The parks shut Oct. 1; I canceled that night. I lost $350 and she cried and cried. I figure we are the lucky ones though. At least I still have a job. At least we aren’t depending on federal money for cancer research for a family member.
— Brad Traum, Issaquah