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Yes, with the exceptions of Mark Shields and Robert Novak, the Washington Post’s contributing editorial page columnists are not worth a blink, and its editorials wheel down the middle of the road with numbing regularity (Paper Trail, “Requiem for a Middleweight,” 6/11). Yet I suspect those deficiencies stem more from the Post’s imperial mentality in a one-and-a-half-newspaper town than from any fault of Meg Greenfield’s. Better to judge her on her own writing. Her Monday morning essays were gems. Greenfield invariably had a shrewd view—often tinged with exasperation—of the latest national or international shenanigan.

As for her weight class, she didn’t slug, she jabbed. If she was a middleweight, rank her up there with Sugar Ray Robinson.

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