Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 04 June 2008 10:44For nearly 61⁄2 years Dale Suderman has been gracing our Opinion section with his personal column, View From Afar. First monthly, then twice a month, our Chicago-based writer with deep Marion County roots focused his droll humor and keen insight on myriad topics, from Washington politics to the farmers’ coffee klatsch in Hillsboro. Dale connected the urban and rural worlds he knew and loved in a way that occasionally irritated, often enlightened and always entertained.
In April, Dale suffered a severe stroke. Although he continues to make progress, his rehabilitation will be long and challenging. We have been advised that his return as a columnist is tenuous. So, we sadly retire View From Afar for now, even as we hold Dale close to our hearts and keep praying for a significant recovery.
For now, a trio of staff writers will be filling his place in the lineup. As good as they will be, they will never fill that void in quite the way Dale has during his wonderful run with us. Godspeed, brother. You’ll always have a home with us. —DR