Man of reason
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.”