How juxtaposition stole the Halloween spirit

Begging problem2

Of course, the combination of this photo and headline raises an interesting issue: Once a year, we encourage people (especially children) to dress up, roam the streets, ring doorbells and ask for food.

The rest of the year, we consider begging a problem.

To quell suspicions that I’ve taken the picture and headline out of context, I’ve included a larger view below. Yes, I’ve focused on the positioning, but that’s the first thing I saw when I opened that morning’s front page.

And you thought the Grinch did a number on Christmas, didn’t you?

Begging problem1

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