I don’t always agree with Leonard Pitts.
He does raise valid, and sometimes profound, viewpoints in his column, but all too often, in my opinion, he stirs the liberal stew a bit too…liberally. His most recent column attacking the death penalty even took a swipe at my day job, law enforcement, with arguments I found wanting.
Whether I agree with his opinions or not, there is no denying the fact that Mr. Pitts is in a rare category of craftstmen. He is a masterful writer.
I look forward to his column often more for his turn of phrase then his particular leanings of that day, and usually find myself pitying those unfortunates that have found their way into the crosshairs of his keyboard. In fact, my proudest moment as an amateur hack was when one of my guest columns appeared directly below one of Pitts’ columns.
Tomorrow night I hope to meet this gifted columnist at his UPS lecture and get him to sign that old and faded piece of newsprint.