Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold retired in 1997 after 12 years on the staff of US Senator John Glenn. She previously served three terms on the Kent (Ohio) Board of Education. In retirement she is active with the Kent Environmental Council and sits on the board of Family & Community Services of Portage County. Her Letters From Washington has been published as an e-Book by the Knowledge Bank of the Ohio State University Library.  E-mail: csarnold@neo.rr.com

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:43am
Masks, Memes, the Torturers, and the Witches
Today is Guy Fawkes Day in England, celebrating the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament and kill King James I in 1605.
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Monday, July 29, 2013 - 9:50am
'A Man Don't Have To Die To Go To Hell'
"A Man Don't Have To Die To Go To Hell" ....... according to a song of cowboy singer Brad Paisley. After a bout with cancer and the encroaching infirmities of age (I’m 82) my thoughts have recently turned to mortality. Though I’m an agnostic, I realize I could be wrong, and have started to raise questions about an afterlife.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 9:29am
Putting Liberty at Risk in the Name of Order and National Security
In 1792, James Madison published a little dialogue between a "Republican" and an "Anti-republican" entitled "Who Are the Best Keepers of the People's Liberties?" defending the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 1:00pm
What Should We Do - as a Nation - with Bradley Manning & Edward Snowden?
Hire them. They have – at great personal risk – revealed what we citizens have remained ignorant of: the reach of information technology, intelligence-gathering and database management in the 21st century. They have shown us abuses of military power, mismanagement of diplomacy, and the reach of electronic surveillance into our private lives and civil society.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 1:27pm
Balancing Our Ties to the Past with Responsibility to the Future
The Kent community has been divided as downtown commercial redevelopment orphaned an 1858 Greek Revival house, the Wells-Sherman House. Plans were made to move it to a vacant lot on N. Water St. with large trees and improvised gardens and play areas, that has been used for 20 years by Standing Rock Cultural Arts (artists and people committed to building community through the arts) as a venue for performances, gardens, and displays.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 8:26am
We Can't Afford the Silencing of the Voice of "We, the People"
We use the metaphor "herding cats" to describe a situation in which someone tries to govern the collective behavior of creatures who have only individual goals and agendas, and little interest in being governed.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 2:39pm
Neighbors or Killers?
On a hot summer day in 1941 the Jews of the Polish village of Jedwabne were slaughtered by their neighbors. The Polish villagers used crude tools – axes, pitchforks, knives, iron bars and nail-studded clubs -- to beat, torture and maim their victims, and finally drove those still alive into a wooden barn, soaked it with kerosene and set it afire. While some villagers rounded up scattered Jewish babies and children and pitchforked them into the burning barn, the town band played loudly to drown out the screams of the victims.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 8:51am
Who Will Write the Scripts for Our Future?
A few weeks before the U.S. invaded Iraq, the late Edward Said wrote: Millions of people will be affected, [by a war with Iraq] yet America contemptuously plans for their future without consulting them. ... Will no one come out into the light of day to express a vision for our future that isn't based on a script written by Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz? -Guardian/UK, January 25, 2003
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Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 9:27am
Fracked and Burned: The Tyranny of the Corporate Tea Party
From a letter to the editor of the Record Courier May 20, 2012, from Tom Zawistowski, Founder, President and Executive Director, Portage County TEA Party:
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Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 9:55am
We Live in Strange Times
"Regarding the plethora of negative attacks against the method of hydraulic fracturing... Considering the mostly slanted news articles, editorials, letters, and via so-called "environmentally responsible " opposition fronts being ramped up and hoisted on the public, it is apparent that the country has been the target of increasingly and intentionally poisoned leftist-inspired propaganda... the major newspapers in Ohio and Pennsylvania...
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