One reader remarked at the end of Brisbane's column, that he had the NY Times delivered to maybe 4 or more states as he moved around the country. No more, he canceled his subscription when the Times editors started writing and spelling like I do. I do know of several local daily papers who dismissed their proof readers 15 or 20 years ago to save money, long before the Internet became so widespread. These proof readers were normanly retired little old lady English teachers who only worked part time. It seems to me that this is penny wise and dollar stupid since the quality of the prose these papers turned out started dropping like a shot mallard while their syntax challenged editors and reporters salary took off like rocket, some salaries soaring into the mid 6 figure range. Some of these papers are weekly rags now, with a 5 column format, and no syndicated columnist, the rest are headed for the for-real newspaper morgue.