Friday, October 24, 2014

There Goes The Neighborhood

This is why the French had a revolution.

Dear Prudence,

I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?

—Halloween for the 99 Percent

Dear Halloween for the 99 percent:

“Dear Abby” had the answer to a similar situation: “You could move.”  May I add, go shove a Three Musketeers where it will do the most good.

3 barks and woofs on “There Goes The Neighborhood

  1. You know it’s bad when the 1% can’t even be bothered to give Those People’s children treats on Hallowe’en. “99” there sure deserves whatever “tricks” s/he gets.

    This is straight out of A Christmas Carol. I still say these volk read Dickens – but as instruction manual and not social criticism.

  2. Maybe the literal Three Musketeers would do more good than a candy bar….gee, they pay enough taxes? My ass they do…MY household is taxed at a higher rate than Mitt Freaking Romney, and we do not live in an affluent neighborhood, have no stocks, no savings, and oddly no trick or treaters either. No street lights and no side walks discourages night-time walkers here.

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