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U.S. needs more like Kennedy award winners

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand alongside the Kennedy Center Honorees for the national anthem as they attend the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on December 8, 2013.
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand alongside the Kennedy Center Honorees for the national anthem as they attend the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on December 8, 2013. (SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)

Among the five Kennedy Center Honors recipients are people who symbolize the American dream. These talented Americans include African-Americans, a Cuban immigrant and a Jewish man. We as a country are enriched by their contributions. There are no white supremacists or neo-Nazis on this list of accomplished artists. No one is taking their jobs away.

President John F. Kennedy would have been proud of these awards and embarrassed that our current president has been trying to cut the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts ("Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program," Aug. 20). Jobs won't increase if there are no designers, musicians, dancers, singers, writers or directors who inspire us.

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Ilene Gold, Baltimore

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