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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Sunday, April 22, 2012
In a Real World of Real People Can True Human Values Prevail?
Republicans seem to have adopted the position that humans act always and only according to cold calculations of how to maximize their personal rewards and minimize their personal costs.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012
No Room for the Poor in Conservative VS Liberal Interchange
In the present political circus it seems that liberals mostly want to tweak the status quo to get better deals (cheaper, less polluting energy, safer water, air & food, universal medical care & education) for themselves and their immediate neighbors. They also want to stop global warming and raise taxes on the rich.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Idealism Helped Fuel John Glenn's Heroism in Space 50 Years Ago
February 20 marks the 50 th anniversary of John Glenn’s three orbits of Earth in the space capsule Friendship 7 in 1962. At the time of the 25 th anniversary, I was a writer on Senator John Glenn’s Washington staff. Part of my job was to manage his correspondence on non-legislative matters, including space exploration.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011
World Poses Growing Challenge to Generosity of Our Hearts
What shall we give to the Child in the manger? (Catalonian Christmas carol)
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Sunday, November 06, 2011
Exercise Your Right to Empowerment. Cast Your Vote Tuesday
Alone, each of us is fairly powerless unless we have money or deadly weapons – which goes a long way toward explaining why gun ownership and inequities in wealth are intractable issues in our society today.
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Sunday, October 09, 2011
Losing Hope in Obama and the Prospect of a Humane World
Cleaning up my desk this week I found an Obama ‘08 HOPE button. After a moment’s reflection, I threw it in the trash. Not because Obama lied or betrayed those of us who hope for a more humane world, although he did both.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Silver Oaks and the Power of Predatory Capitalism
Last month eviction notices to residents of Silver Oaks Place on the east side of Kent destroyed, in one swift blow, a 30-year old community of 250 senior citizens in their late 50s to early 90s. Though residents were given two months to get out, and offered some limited help with relocating, the evictions have wiped out trust, hope and peace of mind for the residents, their families, their neighbors and the community at large.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011
How Much Blame Do We Share for Our Leaders' Failures?
Six years ago, in the wake of the botched management of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, a friend warned me against blaming Republicans.
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Sunday, May 01, 2011
Relentless Demonization of Teachers Serves No Good Purpose
Thirty years ago Ravenna Ohio was the site of the longest teachers’ strike in US history. I was then a member of the Board of Education in neighboring Kent, and I watched closely.
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Friday, April 01, 2011
Some Crazy Proposals for April Fools
The most frequent phrase I hear from my friends and neighbors these days is "The world’s gone crazy." I can’t argue with them.
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