Why was my editor writing “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus” which was the answer to a letter that a little 8 year old girl wrote to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. But my …
Why was my editor writing “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus” which was the answer to a letter that a little 8 year old girl wrote to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. But my question was why was MY editor writing it in the Sullivan County Democrat in mid February.
As it turned out the article was written on December 25th, 2020 and I had just received it in February of the following year. Employees of the Democrat mail the issues the day after they are published but somewhere between Callicoon, New York and River Edge, New Jersey there is a hold-up of the delivery of newspapers.
Recently I received the issue with my November 19th column before the one with my November 5th column. Sometimes I call Patricia at the Democrat to tell her I never received the paper that was printed a month before.
I purposefully wait a month because even though they say the mail must go through despite rain, sleet, snow, hail and national disasters I find that promise isn’t always kept when it comes to newspapers. A month had passed and Patricia said she would send the missing issue the next day.
After two days I received it and I thought she must have sent it by special delivery. She didn’t have to do that, I thought. It turns out I had received the original copy. A few days later I recived the replacement. I decided to give one copy to a very special person in Bergen County who would enjoy reading the very special Sullivan County Democrat.
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