On a giant's shoulders

| Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Dick Scaife was one of the most important figures in our country as he helped drive a principled agenda focused on the ideas of a limited government to fight against tyranny, the liberating impact of free markets, and the dignity and worth of each and every individual.

As a publisher, philanthropist and engaged citizen, he was undeniably crucial to the advancement of these goals.

Dick Scaife was a significant influence and he will be sadly missed.

Dick was a personal friend and a person of positive influence on my career. He took the time to meet with me on many occasions and I relished the opportunity to engage in discussions with him about so many people, places and issues. He was profoundly well read, well spoken, knowledgeable and, most importantly, so gracious to everyone with whom I ever saw him interact.

We will surely miss him and I am personally saddened by this loss, as I and countless people like me across the community, commonwealth and country have seen further by standing on the shoulders of this magnificent giant.

Rep. Mike Turzai

The writer, a Republican from Allegheny County, is the Pennsylvania House majority leader.

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