Joseph William Baker of Burlington Wisconsin writes: "Early leader of conservative thought William F. Buckley, Jr. on February 27th, 2008. His magazine National Review has several stories in response to his passing. He was credited with laying the intellectual groundwork underpinning Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan's economic libertarianism, traditional American conservatism and anti-communism. I was one year old in 1966 when his television show "Firing Line" started. His wit, candor and intellectual honesty to transform his position to one of favoring the legalizing of drugs will be sorely missed. I will always remember his signature eye brawl raising while he'd talk and his propensity for using power packed words. We need a new voice that unequivocally can make the case to obliterate socialism from all levels of government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Buckley%2C_Jr.#_note-1 http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212133015.shtml http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/019742.html http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080302/OPINION/803020335/1301/OPINION http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/columnists/rdreher/stories/030208dnedinudreher.15bbfae9.html http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/commentary/hc-curry0302.artmar02,0,2075605.column"