Man of rea­son

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

It was with great sad­ness and dis­ap­point­ment that we pub­lished Charles Krautham­mer’s let­ter last week in­form­ing his many ad­mir­ers that he is suf­fer­ing from terminal can­cer and has only a few weeks left to live. The let­ter was writ­ten with the same ex­cep­tional spirit of can­dor, courage, and grace that distinguished his news­pa­per col­umns, books, and tele­vi­sion com­men­tary.

Krautham­mer is a sharp, and some­times mer­ci­less, ad­vo­cate for truth and right rea­son. His work is no­table for its wit, clar­ity, and in­sight. He is an orig­i­nal thinker and a staunch con­ser­va­tive — whose words re­vealed to those who paid close attention that his most dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter­is­tic may be his gen­er­ous heart.

We are proud to have pub­lished his syn­di­cated col­umn for many decades in The Times-Dis­patch. No one ex­plained, de­fended, and, when nec­es­sary, crit­i­cized con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples with greater in­tel­li­gence and flair than did Charles Krautham­mer. His char­ac­ter and vi­sion will be sorely missed.

We’ll end by ex­press­ing our thanks to a great man and by al­low­ing him to have, as he so richly deserves, the last word:

“I be­lieve that the pur­suit of truth and right ideas through hon­est de­bate and rig­or­ous ar­gu­ment is a no­ble un­der­tak­ing. I am grate­ful to have played a small role in the con­ver­sa­tions that have helped guide this ex­tra­or­di­nary na­tion’s des­tiny. I leave this life with no re­grets. It was a won­der­ful life — full and com­plete with the great loves and great en­deav­ors that make it worth liv­ing.”

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