A news report Jan. 13 on the Central American peace accord referred to the five presidents who signed the accord and "the four from democratic countries." Please use objective terminology, which is not necessarily the administration's. Terms such as "pro-American, Western-tilting" are more or less objective.
Democracy is a very subjective -- and very precious -- concept. I think an impartial observer might well find more democracy in Nicaragua than there is in El Salvador. For example, isn't the entire press controlled by the government in El Salvador? And aren't death squads still present in El Salvador and absent in Nicaragua? Handle the vital word more carefully. Mark B. Peterson
As earthshaking as the nine-year debate over The Post's spelling of "employe" (as opposed to "employee") has been, it involved only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are a few more misspellings -- shared by most of the media -- of words even more significant:
1) The descriptive adjectives "communist," "Marxist-Leninist" and "Marxist" are typically spelled L-E-F-T-I-S-T -- as are the words "socialist," "Leninist" and the more arcane "Bolshevik."
2) When referring to "leftist" dictators, The Post usually spells the latter word L-E-A-D-E-R, or P-R-E-S-I-D-E-N-T or G-E-N-E-R-A-L C-H-A-I-R-M-A-N.
3) While always correctly spelling the term "right-wing death squads," The Post's spelling of the "leftist" variety goes all to pieces and quite inexplicably becomes either P-E-O-P-L-E'S G-U-E-R-R-I-L-L-A-S or N-E-C-K-L-A-C-E-R-S or S-P-A-R-R-O-W-S, depending on where in the world the assassins happen to be at work.
Other examples of egregious errors in your spelling abound: communist imperialism and colonialism (L-I-B-E-R-A-T-I-O-N), Leninist repression (S-O-C-I-A-L J-U-S-T-I-C-E), police-state socialism (P-E-O-P-L-E-'S D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y), Soviet selective disinformation (G-L-A-S-N-O-S-T), reactionary "leftism" (P-R-O-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E), etc., etc.
Now that your style committee has finally settled the all-important employe-employee controversy in favor of the more traditional "ee" ending, it should now take a look at some of these badly misspelled geopolitical terms to see if truth-in-spelling and its handmaiden, truth-in-labeling, might better be served in your distinguished pages. Jim Guirard