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Letter: Defending the arts

Regarding “House bill would kill NPR funds, AmeriCorps,” July 18: The malignant, politically castrating vibes emanating from the Republican/conservative crowd toward anything cultural, aesthetic, educational, artistic, promoting a better America — have all been relentlessly tiring, boring and without a reasonable rationale for that objection, nor offering an alternative.

In the face of this mean-spirited, negative-toward-America attitude, it seems there’s a pressing need to confront the Republicans with a few basic questions:

1. What exactly do you have against public program such as AmeriCorps? (“As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth.

Fight illiteracy.

Improve health services.

Build affordable housing.

Teach computer skills.

Clean parks and streams.

Manage or operate after-school programs.

Help communities respond to disasters.”)

Aren’t these activities promoting bettering American values that the Republican Party holds in high esteem?

2. What do the Republicans have against public programming such as NPR? (“NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture.”) What is exactly objectionable in such programming?

Comparable programming exists in many countries, with endless cultural, artistic, scientific, technological and educational benefits recognized, celebrated and highly praised the world over. If it’s good for them, why can’t we have that as well?

Don’t the Republicans believe in improving the quality of life in the United States?

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