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Best Wishes To Lenox Rawlings Upon His Retirement

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First off, a farewell and an appreciation: Lenox Rawlings has posted his final column for the Winston-Salem paper. We've never met him, but we've read his columns for years. The man is a superb sports writer. There aren't many people who can turn a phrase the way he can or who have his perception and sense of perspective. You can't convince us that, say, Peter Vecsey is a better writer. Rawlings is as good as anyone we can think of and better than most.

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He's also always been fair and unbiased, and anyone can appreciate that.

And we might add loyal. Given his gift for striking language and getting to the root of things, he could easily have moved on to bigger and better publications.

But he didn't; he stayed in Winston-Salem and made the paper - his paper - bigger and better instead.

To say he'll be missed is a great understatement.  He's one of those people who just can't be replaced. We wish him the very best in his retirement.