by Charles A. Monagan
Oct 25, 2011
08:57 AMOn Connecticut
Scaring Up More Contempt
In case you missed it, state representative Tim Larson [D-East Hartford] says that he wants Connecticut to consider formally making residents officially celebrate Halloween on the last Saturday of every October. His thought, which is a logical one with good intentions, is that by focusing the trick-or-treating aspect of the holiday on a weekend night, it would eliminate the need for working parents to rush home to make sure their kids are dressed in their costumes and ready to go scare up some treats. He also suggests that by doing it on a Saturday night, teachers won't have to deal with the Halloween hangover the next day. Both are valid concerns.
To his credit, Larson's acknowledges that he doesn't think the proposal is any sort of a priority and that he doesn't expect the legislature to take it in the emergency session next week. The problem is that from what I've read of the negative reactions to the proposal—aside from Halloween purists who don't want the holiday tampered with—is that many people think this is exactly what's wrong with our seemingly broken state and federal governments: That rather than dealing with real problems such as rampant unemployment, a slumping business environment and a moribound economy, our elected officials are wasting their time pursuing seemingly innocuous causes as this.
Again, Larson completely acknowledges that this isn't a priority and doesn't need to be discussed any time soon, but it's the perception created by even making such an announcement. I suspect that the well-meaning representative has probably realized that by now people are very tired of political tricks and just want their public servants doling out real treats that can genuinely benefit us all.Scaring Up More Contempt