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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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Are Republicans Autistic?
It inspires conviction, faithfulness, right-thinking and devotion to duty - as well as bigotry, self-righteousness, fanaticism and mulishness. It nourished the atrocities of the Inquisition and directed the persecution of Galileo. It propels persons to hoard religious hatred toward others who are mutually hateful. It seduces heroes and martyrs onto the shadowy altars of glory, serving eternal principles that are quickly forgotten. It motivated the execution of innocent persons as witches and it continues to condemn innocent defendants and to liberate guilty miscreants.
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Sunday, September 06, 2009
People Vs Profits in Health Care Debate
Isn’t it odd that whenever a fierce little skirmish takes place in a small, contested area, suddenly civilians are hit by white phosphorous or some other atrocious weapon? We immediately blame terrorists, insurgents, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Israel, Iran, Hamas, bin Laden, Muslims, or some other (usually swarthy) bad guys. They in turn blame the U.S, Bush, Obama, the CIA, Blackwater, the media, infidels, Christians, Israel, Iran, etc. Everyone gets madder and buys more weapons to kill more enemies.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Is It Better to Be Free in Hell or Pay Taxes in Heaven?
"Anyone who has a lot of information, thinks a lot, and by thinking increases his understanding of a situation will have not less but more trouble coming to a clear decision. To the ignorant, the world looks simple. ...Once we gather a little information, however, we run into trouble. We ... become more acutely aware [of] what we don’t know. This probably explains why we find so few scientists and scholars among politicians. It probably also explains why organizations tend to separate their information -gathering and decision -making branches. ...
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
Single Payer: Not Cash Cows, but Good Neighbors
I've never been good at believing conspiracy theories. Most of them presume conspirators who are supernaturally smart, know things they couldn't possibly know, and are inhumanly successful in organizing and carrying out devious plots and grand schemes.
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Sunday, February 01, 2009
We All Have a Voice in Right vs. Wrong
Five years after suicidal zealots crashed planes into our comfortable lives, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld scolded us: "Any kind of moral and intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can severely weaken the ability of free societies to persevere." Leave aside Rumsfeld's arrogant and patronizing attitude, showing evident contempt for anyone who didn't agree with his notions of right and wrong. Were we, are we, morally and intellectually confused?
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Sunday, October 05, 2008
A High Price for Looking the Other Way
Retired U.S. Ambassador Charles Dunbar, speaking recently at Kent State University about the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, observed that "bombing civilians saves (our) soldiers' lives." Just so: Bombing is cheaper than boots on the ground. Fairly small, safe crews can quickly dispatch numbers that it could take hundreds of ground troops days and casualties to kill.
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Sunday, September 07, 2008
O Brave New World: What Forum for Common Values and Goals?
"[Arnold's] musings reflect misery and distain [sic] in 95% of her writing." "[Her] Sunday articles ... are silly, repetitious and 99% negative ..." "Look at Kent and what her way has done ... turned Kent into a post- industrial slagheap!" "To the snob who ... enjoy[s] Arnold's tiresome and wordy dreams about a socialistic America. ... us un-edji-cated can only hope she is fast approaching the letter Z."
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
We Have a Chance to Choose a Better Road
Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. - Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) Annie Glenn liked to tell the (probably apocryphal) story about a hand-lettered sign posted on a muddy, rutted road in rural Muskingum County, Ohio: “Choose your rut carefully - you’ll be in it for the next ten miles.”
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Monday, August 11, 2008
Abortion: A Matter of Power, Not God
The moribund Bush administration has proposed new Health & Human Services regulations that would cut off funds to health care providers who fired or refused to hire people who object to abortion or contraception for religious or moral beliefs. Never mind that workers are already protected against such discrimination -- though it is not reciprocal: Catholic hospitals have no obligation to hire pro-choice workers or respect moral convictions about contraception or HIV.
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Monday, June 30, 2008
Of Surpluses and Survival: Do We Have Enough Left to Invest for the Common Good?
In a broad sense, life is capitalism: having a surplus that can be invested forward to make life better is what has created life on earth, human beings, human communities and human civilization. Until there was a surplus beyond what was needed for mere survival there could be no progress, no moving out to new fields or forests, no risking today's rations for a bigger harvest tomorrow.
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