The brilliant, articulate thinker and scholar Thomas Sowell is stepping down as a nationally syndicated columnist published by Creators Syndicate.
Sowell explains his decision:
Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting but why I kept at it so long.
It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us and to receive feedback from readers across the country — even if it was impossible to answer them all.
Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing. That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.
During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.
This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website.
You can read the rest of Sowell's column here.
Pubiishing Thomas Sowell's columns during my tenure as managing editor of Human Events on Capitol Hill, and linking to them or commenting on them at The Pearcey Report and Pro-Existence, has been one of the "things looked forward to" as I work with ideas and seek to provide stimulating thought and information to the reading public.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sowell, just because you're stepping down from Creators, that doesn't mean you have to stop writing altogether.
I, for one, hope to see more of your written work -- whether occasional columns, essays, and/or new books.
And by all means, continue snapping and sharing your wonderful photos.