A Note From the Editor

How to talk about "Best of Austin" when the worst just happened

This is our annual "Best of Austin" issue. The timing couldn't be worse.

We are feeling very raw. And we are feeling very scared. We are legitimately concerned that the rights we have fought so hard for, and the founding principles of this nation – a nation founded by immigrants – will now come under attack. Now does not feel like the time for celebration.

And yet, the people we are championing in our "Best of Austin" issue embody the values we hold most dear – compassion and inclusiveness and a righteous drive to effect positive change. Those values did not go away overnight, and together we will work to ensure they continue to define our city.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

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