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Today’s newspaper is 24 pages, plus some additional reading materials and inserted advertising. Friday’s paper was 16 pages. On any given day, you can expect the Index-Journal to contain, on average, between 14 and 24 pages of news, sports, features and advertising.

If you’re one of those newspaper readers who starts on page 1 and reads in sequential order, then you might have taken a while to get here because the front-page COVID-19 story gave you pause and cause for concern. At least, I hope every reader pores over that story and ponders the implications.

With both thanks and apologies to lyricist Randy Brooks, and with thoughts of how sadly but likely it is that the holiday season will unwrap more positive COVID-19 cases and deaths, I have recast the lyrics to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

Sometime back — I’m too lazy to search the archives — I wrote about some of the wonderful phone messages I’ve received since the 2016 presidential election. While some of the content is not suitable for publication in our paper, I had suggested anyone who wanted to could stop by the paper an…

Set aside political differences for now, please. This is not about politics; it’s about a person, but one who happens to have had a long political ride — for now, at least — on Tuesday.

Anyone who’s followed the IJ for a few years — maybe not our full 101 years, mind you — knows we will weigh in on various issues, usually local or state ones, but when Election Day rolls around we tend to steer clear of endorsing candidates.