During the run-up to the presidential election, I was disappointed, though hardly surprised, that both principal candidates said next to nothing about culture and the arts, beyond jocular references to Big Bird.

Now that the fiscal cliff draws nearer, I fear that my two largest contingents of friends and former colleagues — mid-level federal workers and those in the creative arts — are about to be cast in lead roles for a remake of the closing scene from “Thelma & Louise.”  

Ted Landphair, Takoma Park