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Criticism of Trump, awards show unfair

Front row from left, Susan Pompeo, 2019 Kennedy

Front row from left, Susan Pompeo, 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees Michael Tilson Thomas, Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field, Joan Ganz Cooney, Lloyd Morrisett and Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, back row from left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, characters from "Sesame Street," Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and Elmo, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss pose for a group photo following the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner at the State Department on Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington. Credit: AP/Kevin Wolf

A letter writer recently criticized President Donald Trump for not attending the Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony, writing that the artists deserved to be recognized by the president and first lady [“A presidential snub of Kennedy honors show,” Dec. 27].

I don’t know whether the writer is aware of celebrities refusing to accept recognition from the president or refusing to attend White House ceremonies. Perhaps the president was just trying to allow the honorees to have their day without any political nonsense.

Judy Riccuiti,


A presidential snub?

Why would President Donald Trump attend an awards show to honor a bunch of elitist stars who daily demean him? He’s too busy to give these elitists any recognition!

John van Acken,