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, January 09, 2011
The Disruptive Drip of WikiLeaks and the Public's Right to Know
This week I've been haunted by an AP Photo by Muhammed Muheisen in the Akron Beacon Journal (1/3/11 -- print edition only) showing a road in Pakistan just outside Islamabad. On pavement on the left are a fairly modern bus (maybe 1970s) and a rubber-tired two-wheeled cart pulled by a donkey; in the background a few pedestrians, a truck, tall light poles; in the foreground two small girls, one barefoot, walk on packed dirt past some rubble and another donkey.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Losing Our Moral Compass in Pursuit of Profit, Efficiency
Recently, on a cold morning with a little snow fooling around in the bright air, I was chilled by this sentence in an AP news story: "The idea isn't to just raise revenue, economists say, but finally to turn Americans into frugal health-care consumers by having them face the full costs of their medical decisions ("Tax Break on Employer Health Plans Targeted" Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP 11/29/10)
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
A World Ruled by Fear and Self-Interest Offers Little Hope
The front page of the Kent Ravenna (Ohio) Record-Courier 8/30/10 carried a photo of a big black tank - an M113 armored personnel vehicle. The news story began "Thirteen tons of rolling steel makes up the newest defense the Brimfield Police Department has to keep police officers and the public safe in the event of a serious criminal incident or natural disaster" and continued "The cost to Brimfield taxpayers? Not one cent."
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Moving Further from the Common Good
If we have a pool we want to fill with water, does it make more sense to turn on a faucet and fill it up, or to hire pilots to seed the clouds and try to make it rain?
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Sunday, June 06, 2010
Reducing World to Good and Bad Leads to Trouble
"Incredible how the top dog always announces with such an air of discovery that the underdog is childish, stupid, emotional, irresponsible, ... incapable of learning - but for god's sake don't teach him anything! - and both cowardly and ferocious. The oppressed is also treacherous, incapable of fighting fair, full of dark magics, prone to do nasty things like fighting back when attacked, and contented with his place in life unless stirred up by outside agitators. ... Once I learned the tune I stopped believing the words - about anybody."
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Sunday, May 02, 2010
Truth Wasn't Murdered May 4. People Were
In October 2009 I received an e-mail from one Jonathan Hartley that reproduced the header of my Common Dreams essay of May 7, 2004, "What Really Happened at Kent State" ( http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0507-01.htm ) followed by this paragraph:
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Sunday, January 03, 2010
Setting the Stage for the Next Jihad
In an episode of the TV series "The Next Jihad" a tall, spare terrorist in turban and flowing robes approaches the American journalist who is bound crouched on the sand before him, and spits out these words: "Do not await anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge. Is it in any way rational to expect that after America has attacked us for more than half a century, that we will then leave her to live in security and peace?!!"
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Monday, December 07, 2009
Escalating Afghan War Mocks Hopes of Peace, Good Will
"Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up." "Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing?" "As a species, we're doomed by hope, then?"
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Sunday, November 01, 2009
Are We Willing to Start Living for Others?
"... walking is much healthier than jumping to conclusions or running off at the mouth" -- Record-Courier "SoundOff!" comment
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Sunday, October 04, 2009
Cut the 'Nonsense' for a Decent Society
"When things fail, then it's time to ask questions, fix the problems and redesign the system so it works for everyone. That's the challenge of the day." -- Muhammad Yunus, creator of micro-credit and the Grameen Bank, (9/3/09) A Reuters news story of September 6 starts: "President Barack Obama's drive to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system has created opportunities and risks for key members of both political parties ..."
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