Publisher's Note: Why Not?
By Jody Reese
For years Manchester has given in to the fear of Halloween and moved the annual candyfest to mid-afternoons. My son proclaimed it lame at about age 4. But this year we all have hope.
For the first time in a generation Manchester’s mayor has come out in favor of a Halloween at night. That’s right; kids would actually be out after dark (in fact some neighborhoods already do this without the city’s approval). Mayor Ted Gatsas said he had heard from many parents asking him to move Halloween back to Halloween night and he felt that there was no good reason to keep it in the afternoon. The mayor is right.
And he’s hit on a key fact: parents want a real Halloween too. These parents know Manchester is a safe city and that we as a city can have a safe Halloween in the evening.
Too many times I see people bashing Manchester and Nashua as dangerous cities. For anyone who has ever lived in any other part of the country it’s always surprising that anyone would think these cities are dangerous. Manchester and Nashua have so little crime they are recognized nationally for being safe. But for many in New Hampshire it is understandable that when they hear stories of crimes from the city they fear it.
Manchester and Nashua only have crime when compared to bucolic New Hampshire. We live in such a safe place that our cities stand out. But as the mayor’s decision signals, Manchester is a safe place to hold a family Halloween even at night. It’s a safe place in general that people should — and do — feel safe enjoying.
Good economic news: Corporate bond default rates have fallen to pre-recession levels. That means less big companies are going bankrupt. Though I don’t have any good figures from local businesses, the tide definitely seems to be shifting to businesses opening rather than closing.