A little more than two years ago, I got a call from a friend inviting me to lunch. He was vague about the purpose, but my schedule was open and the lunch was going to be free, so I said yes.
The conversation at that lunch ultimately led to me becoming a weekly columnist for the Ledger-Enquirer. I filed my first column on King weekend 2012.
Today, I am filing my last, at least for a while.
When we talked at that lunch two years ago, I made the point that I am a very engaged citizen. I vote. I advocate. I am involved in politics.
Recently, I was offered the opportunity to take a major role in a statewide campaign. After talking with my family and many of my mentors, I decided to accept.
Since I accepted the role in the campaign, I offered, and the folks at the Ledger agreed, to put my column on hiatus until after the election in November. It is just the right thing to do in this case.
So, I wanted to take today thank you all for spending a few minutes of your Sunday mornings to read what I wrote. It has been humbling to hear from so many of you about how you agreed, or disagreed, with something I said in this column.
I have also developed a new level of respect for those who do this for a living. Being lucid, relevant and engaging once a week is a tough task. I can only imagine the pressure that comes with working to achieve that feat every day.
I will be gone until November. When I return, I hope to have some fabulous stories tell. In the mean time, though, wish me well and I will pray the same for you.
Karl Douglass, Columbus native and resident, is a frequent commenter on local, state and federal politics. Follow him on Twitter@KarlDouglass or facebook.com/karldouglass.