Our politicians have much to learn from the classics

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote “The Prince,” a cynical criticism of political leaders and the political system of his time. His several precepts included this one: “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”

Is there any doubt that the deceivers in the Democratic Party are in the Barack Obama/HillaryClinton/George Soros group? It was a tragedy for this country to suffer eight long years of the deceitful, dishonest and deliberate dismantling of its interests, security and economy.

Then the Democratic brain trust had the audacity to support the vilest presidential candidate in the country’s history. Their dedication to her and their gross reluctance to aid the new administration are deplorable. They are hurting the American people. (And the ranting and hyperbole from U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse are beyond tiring.)

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote “The Divine Comedy,” a “record” of his travel to the three levels of the afterworld. From the “Inferno” section, he writes: “Consider your origins: you were not made that you might live as brutes, but so as to follow virtue and knowledge.”

I wonder if politicians, who seem to live as though this is a never-ending life, have ever considered giving an honest accounting of themselves. Or, do they think they will do so at some later time, as intimated by Alighieri? Or, do they think it is of no concern?

As for the rest of us, should we be surprised that virtue is expected of us as well?

Sam Parente


It’s time for advocates to act on health issue, not panic

Kudos to Lynn Arditi for providing excellent coverage of the impact that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on Rhode Islanders (“Mounting anxiety,” news, June 3). We have heard from Rhode Islanders, like those featured in this article, who are concerned that the loss of coverage may be imminent.

It’s important to know that under the House-passed “American Health Care Act,” any changes to coverage would not happen until 2020. Moreover, the Senate has yet to pass its own bill and there is mounting pressure from governors in “red states” as well as “blue” not to take away Medicaid coverage.

We are fortunate to have a congressional delegation that is adamantly opposed to taking away Medicaid from 70,000 Rhode Islanders and capping federal funding for Medicaid, which could lead to cuts in services for more than 200,000 Rhode Islanders — seniors, adults and children with disabilities, and children and families who rely on Medicaid for basic health care as well as longterm care services. The Economic Progress Institute is working with the “Protect Our Health Care” Coalition (www.protecthealthri.org) to support our delegation in these efforts, to educate Rhode Islanders about Medicaid and to monitor and report on what’s happening in Congress. We invite folks to join us. To paraphrase Joe Hill: “Don’t panic, organize.”

Linda Katz and Karen Malcolm


Ms. Katz is policy director for the Economic Progress Institute. Ms. Malcolm is Coordinator of the Protect Our Health Care Coalition.

Paris Agreement was based on fraudulent assumptions

There is absolutely nothing wrong with reasonable efforts to protect the environment of the United States and to encourage other countries to do the same. However, it is nothing but a fool’s errand to expect that our actions in support of a pristine environment, and sending billions to other countries for the same purpose, will stop either global warming or global cooling.

The Paris Agreement was designed to separate the United States from its wealth and sovereignty. President Trump is absolutely correct in his decision to withdraw from this agreement.

C. Christopher Sirr