I have a sense of profound loss regarding the death of James McCusker, a man I never met (“Longtime Herald columnist James McCusker dies at 82,” The Herald, June 26).
I had read his column for years; an island of wisdom and sanity in a sea of confusion. When I was called to testify in front of the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. in 2013 on behalf of some 3,000 Washington state cabinetmakers, I emailed Mr. McCusker, asking him to read the case and criticize my arguments. He spent a lot of time over several weeks reading and rereading my correspondence and testimony, offering counsel and encouraging me. He continued to follow the case even after the hearing with keen interest, rejoicing with me in the eventual victory.
Over the following years, I would occasionally send him feedback and compliments on some of his columns, which he received and acknowledged with kindness and grace.
May God bless James McCusker and comfort his family!