When I was younger I used to look down my nose at Christmas letters. According to the Smithsonian, the tradition started soon after World War II and proliferated with the more widespread use of copy machines. My gripe stemmed from what I perceived to be the sender’s need to brag about their latest acquisition, promotion, travel destination, or love connection.
It wasn’t that long ago that I was ready to write a column about how the outdoor serving restrictions were too harsh and it was time for a change. When the daily infection rate in L.A. County kept rising, I figured it was an anomaly and would go back down. A vaccine was about to become available, people knew the importance of wearing a mask and we were on our way to finally ridding our communities of this ugly virus. Right?
Friday is the last time our print edition can publish letters before the November 3rd Election Day is over. You will see many reader comments, from many supporters on the last lap of what seems to be an endless election season. If you are interested in getting one last message to our thousands of readers before it all ends next week, I will post any new letters on Sunday, November 1, on our website's homepage. —PW