Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Sunday Service for Russert

For so many of us, watching Meet the Press has been a Sunday ritual, a celebration of civic engagement and free speech that we observed religiously.

With the passing of Tim Russert on Friday, our Sunday service is missing its leader -- but his spirit lives on.

Back in April, Russert was in Denver to accept the Damon Runyon award presented by the Denver Press Club -- an event that brought out 750 of the faithful. He planned to be back here in August, for the Democratic National Convention, and his fascination with the then-still contested Democratic race was catching. "The level of intensity is wonderful for our democracy," he said. "These are important times."

Ten weeks from today, the Democratic delegations will gather in Denver. Important times, indeed -- but missing one very important voice. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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