Dearest pals and neighbors,

This is just a quick note to let you know that you are absolutely ADORED by all of us at the Portland Mercury! After the traumatic years we’ve all experienced, it’s important to remember those who are important to you… soooooo, this is US appreciating YOU! Simply put, the Mercury would have been up poop creek without a paddle if hadn’t been for your generous contributions. But make no mistake! The days of being financially supported by advertising alone are long gone, so we still need your support to keep cranking out the investigative journalism and fun reviews, profiles, and occasional nonsense that Portland needs!

Here are a few of the stories our fantastic team produced... just in the past week!

One Dead, Five Injured From Shooting at Black Lives Matter March
Police are being mum about the person who shot five women and killed another during this past weekend's Black Lives Matter march—but the Mercury spoke with one of the surviving victims/witnesses.

• Hall Monitor: Why Homelessness Experts Have Rejected Mayor's Shelter Plan
Why are city leaders leaping ahead with cruel, thoughtless "solutions" to homelessness, and ignoring the advice of experts? Don't miss this great, informative primer.

Portland Police Fatally Shoot One Person in Southwest Portland
It took awhile, but the bureau has released the names of the two cops who killed a person in SW Portland over the weekend—and one of them wrote a guest opinion article the Oregonian defending police who use deadly force against a person who doesn't appear to have a weapon.

Opinion: Kristof’s Thwarted Campaign a Blow to All Unqualified, Entitled White Men
Oh, no! What will happen to the dreams of other unqualified, entitled white men now that Nick Kristof's run for governor has been scuttled? Find out in this blistering (and fun!) opinion piece.

Again, all those great stories were published in just the last few days! And they are good examples of how committed we are (heart and soul!) to bringing you the articles and information you need.

But facts are facts: Those stories wouldn’t exist without you. And we hope you will continue supporting us through 2022, because we have some BIG plans. These include a brand-spanking-new website that will make your reading experience so much more enjoyable, hiring additional Mercury writers who share our commitment to delivering important, necessary articles, and of course, LOADS of terrific stories that are designed to hold Portland’s most powerful decision-makers accountable, while amplifying the voices of those in our community who are too often ignored. (And don’t worry, we’ll also still be supplying the laughs you need to brighten up those dark days.)

In short, we’d love and really appreciate ANY contribution you can make! Your help means so much to us, so if you have any good story ideas, email us at editor@portlandmercury.com, sign up for our newsletters if you haven’t already (you’re paying for ‘em, so enjoy ‘em!), and let us know what we can do to support you like you’ve been supporting us. Stick with the Mercury for 2022—we’ve got a big year planned!

Yer always pal,
Wm. Steven Humphrey
Portland Mercury