Because this is my first pandemic, I hope you will for give me for greatly underestimating when it would all be over.
Back in March, I was thinking more along the line of President Donald Trump’s proclamations that the coronavirus would mostly be a bad memory in six months. I thought by now kids would be back to school, the bars would be full and the economy well on the way to recovery.
And I thought we’d once again be printing the Money and Markets pages and the Weekend section.
As you can read in the newspaper you hold in your hand, the world is still on a coronavirus footing. We are in the newsroom, too. But I am still hearing from readers who follow stocks and miss that Markets page.
I still don’t know when we can return it to print, because we will need more recovery in our advertising revenue before we can spend the money. Because of our press, we would have to add a minimum of four pages to the paper. That’s a lot of newsprint, ink, press plates and labor to fill the other three pages.