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The report about the importance of the Associated Press’ Stylebook was very impressive (Opinion, April 29). Not only did we learn how an editor’s profession is improved by his affection for it, but we’ve come to realize that this is true for the English news media worldwide.

We did not find out if there exists any competition for it. This feels like the old Encyclopedia Britannica, which was the standard information source as late as sixty years ago. Thanks to new media we no longer believe that colonialism is the best way to world progress. Let us hope the Stylebook monopoly will not deteriorate to reflect the left wing opinion morass of the American press of today. What if it is already somewhat responsible for it?

The new guideline about “chain migration” is a good example. Chain migration is a fact, not just “a term applied by immigration hardliners.” By requiring that it be used only in quotation makes it an opinion and avoids reporting the fact. Why should editors feel compelled to favor that? Now that “over” is an adequate substitute for “more than,” how soon can we expect that “Winston’s taste good like a cigarette should” to find tolerance?

H.R. Richner

Albany (May 1)

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