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Miners couldn't appreciate art, right?

Arts and humanities organizations in Chicago react to the Trump administration's proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. (Chicago Tribune)

So Mick Mulvaney, budget director for the disastrous Trump administration, says he can't in good faith ask the coal miners in West Virginia to send in their tax dollars to be spent on the National Endowment for the Arts ("Maryland arts organizations denounce potential loss of federal funding," March 16).

Really? So you feel these coal miners would have a problem educating their own children so maybe they didn't have to ruin their health digging coal in a carcinogen-filled coal mine? Of course not! Those stupid rednecks can't possibly want anything more than they have today, and how could they understand art or education, right? That sort of thing is above those dirty old coal miners. And they should be so grateful to President Donald Trump's cabal of New York City insiders because they're so much better and smarter and always know what's best for other people.

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Of course, while those ignorant, unwashed coal miners don't understand or want art or beauty in their lives, they certainly wouldn't have any objection to those same tax dollars being used to buy more drones. Then we can use those drones to blow up mosques filled with worshipers in Syria, just like we did in Aleppo the other day. I'm sure those coal miners would much rather kill a Muslim child than see an opera. What do stupid hillbillies know about opera anyway?

William Smith, Baltimore

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