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Building a better newspaper in 2021

December 30, 2020 - 22:19
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As we’ve pointed out before, since the Chronicle began, costs have been borne primarily by advertisers. This year, more readers have pitched in voluntarily. That support has helped us survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Thank you!)

We hope to build that support further, so we’re returning to the olden days, when it was routine for readers to provide some of the financial support for the news they depend upon. We’re launching a paywall for online content on Jan. 1.

Getting outside with the high-flyers, and nature, during a difficult year

November 30, 2020 - 22:06
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"We like sandhill cranes so much that our son Emmett painted a watercolor of one of the birds and gave it to us as a Christmas present. It’s hanging in our bedroom so we get to see it every day."

 

Helping the local paper should be easy

November 10, 2020 - 21:10
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How many times do you visit a website to read an article that looks interesting only to be greeted immediately by a pop-up message demanding money before you can read on? Does it cause you to gnash your teeth and mutter uncomplimentary things about the owners of the site? (That’s what I do.)

An endless year, and a call to the better angels of our nature

November 09, 2020 - 21:10
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I came across the photo a couple of days ago. A grandfather and his granddaughter at a Chicago restaurant during the holidays. She’s tiny, only 6 months old. He’s holding her, and the two of them both have their hands on a glass of beer.

 

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