This is a thank-you to the readers, our friends. Newspaper people like to think we are doing important work. Sometimes, though, we might feel as if the rest of the world does not see it the same way. Not so now.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, support for what we do at The Star has been apparent, strong, and vocal, and it means the world to our staff, who for the most part are working from home.
We have been cheered and motivated by a surge in subscriptions, both print and online. We are forever indebted to the now more than 350 donors who have helped keep the ship afloat while many advertisers have been forced to the sidelines by uncertainty about the future.
We are heartened by offers of help with writing, proofreading, and even Spanish translation from people we never met. Though many residents have limited their going out, copies continue to be picked up, leaving very few in the racks at the end of a week.
Comments and sharing on social media have been remarkable as well; cyberspace is now as important as the village green, and it is fascinating to see how Star stories take on lives of their own once digital. The number of people who have asked to receive our morning updates, though the news about the virus has been almost unrelentingly dismal, staggers us.
This community and others across the United States have rallied around their local newspapers. Trust us when we say your support means far more than we mere scribblers can adequately express.