A few new tricks?
I spent this past Halloween walking up and down the main street of Winthrop with my trick-or-treater, and then headed up Bridge Street to see what goodies could be found. Mostly it was dark. There were homes that had a porch light on, but no one was home (or hiding). Then there were the homes where dumbfounded residents looked at kids with confusion and then scrambled off to find a pear or set of chopsticks or something similar.
The smallest percentage of homes had embraced Halloween and set a mood. But as I walked by yet another blackened house, a strange and oddly novel thought crept into my brain about the words “trick or treat,” used for so long by children and adolescents wandering through their socially condoned nocturnal activities on Oct. 31. The phrase is not “treat or I go away.” It’s not “treat please, if you feel like it.” So what has happened to the “trick?”
The entire holiday could use a set of well-placed resuscitation paddles. I propose that we put a little shock back into the heart of Winthropites. There should be old-fashioned consequences for not treating. If you go on vacation you have someone watch your plants or they will die. If you are not home on Halloween or do not have any candy, you might rise on Nov. 1 to see your yard furniture suspended from a tree, your garden gnomes wearing ladies underwear, your bushes decorated all in white.
I am not proposing that children should start vandalizing and rioting. But people have become complacent, and complacency breeds boredom, and then we forget the whole point. Outside of any religious implications, Halloween is a night of fun and mischief. The thrill of action and consequence. I get candy, I move on. I don’t get candy and let’s see how creative I can be. It also inspires teenagers to participate and wear costumes, the better to disguise oneself. There is nothing ‘lame’ about well-thought-out deviousness. Don’t care to be on the receiving end? Then turn on those lights and give out candy, the new recommended Winthrop homeowner insurance rider.
Heather Marrone, Winthrop
Mike Wilson was accused of misconduct more than a year ago, and has been in a purgatory of uncertainty ever since. His “case” was prosecuted by an overzealous prosecuting attorney, and he saw no support from an apathetic school district. Mike did not deserve this witch hunt. What he does deserve is an apology from the school district. I doubt he will get it.
Midge Cross, Mazama
We’d like to extend a huge shout out of gratitude to the more than 100 volunteers who braved the cold early on Saturday morning to help with our first native “seed mob.” Special thanks to the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative for recognizing the value in planting native seed in areas where power poles were replaced this summer. Our appreciation, too, to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for allowing our volunteers to help in reseeding fire lines on public land up Texas Creek and in Pipestone Canyon. Extra kudos to Rob Crandall from Methow Natives for the hours of preparation and planning to make the “mob” such a success. We continue to be inspired by this incredible community that seems always willing to plant a little hope.
The Methow Conservancy board and staff, Winthrop
Thanks for support
I would like to thank everyone in the community who voted in the election this week. The result may not be what we had hoped for, but we still appreciate you turning out to vote and participating in the public process.
The Board of Fire Commissioners will meet and talk about next steps to address the ongoing safety and space constraints at the Winthrop station and how we can provide our community with improved emergency services. In the meantime, thank you for the opportunity to serve, and we will be there when you need us.
Fire Chief Don Waller, Okanogan County Fire District 6