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1 January 2022

We've just archived Volume 10, Number 12 of Photo Corners on the Archive page with 19 Features, 9 commented News stories, 26 Editor's Notes (which included 166 items of interest), one review and one site note for a total of 56 stories.

Among those were 22 stories with 151 images, three holiday stories, one gear specifications story and two obituaries.

Ah, those news stories. Last year it was 15 and the year before that we published 25. An ominous trend.

READERSHIP NUMBERS, however, showed a significant increase in unique visitors, the highest in the last 12 months showing with still a day to go in the count. At the same time we served over 1.32 million pages.

Considering how little news there was this month, those numbers were very bright.

OUR TOP THREE STORIES in December were all Around The Horn columns, our daily front page. They were followed by our Wakasugi matinee, Sally Mann's Prix Pictet story and our report on the new release of Photoshop iPad. Two Horns followed that before our Paper Forest slide show.

We do hope you caught our coverage of the online Dickens Fair. And we would be remiss not to point out the moving slide show we were able to present to you on the occasion of the Bob and Diane Fund's award to Cheryle St. Onge.

ONE OMISSION on the site this year compared to recent years is worth pointing out: the Affordable Care Act banner reminder at the bottom of our Around The Horn articles. No need for it this year. As the N.Y. Times reported:

A record number of Americans -- 13.6 million -- have signed up for health plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces for 2022. The major reasons for the rise appear to be: Congress lowered the cost of Obamacare insurance; the Biden administration increased advertising for the program; and the pandemic disrupted many Americans' employer-provided coverage.

Not to mention the physical threat of the pandemic itself. It has been a very bad time to be without health insurance.

How fortunate this country was that the previous administration's dogged attempts to repeal the ACA without ever proposing anything to replace it failed. They simply stopped promoting enrollment periods.

The ACA is, at heart, a Republican concept ironed out in Massachusetts under Gov. Romney in 2006, you might say.

It's how government is supposed to work. Addressing serious needs for the benefit of all of us. How many more people would have died without the ACA with the 40 million uninsured in this country then infecting the insured as well?

Placing an ACA enrollment banner at the foot of our daily column wasn't much work. But we are glad we live in a country where it is no longer necessary.

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