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, June 15, 2008
Fantasies, Fables No Longer Enough For Fragile World
According to the Old Testament, the last time God got fed up with the mess humans had made of the Earth, He instructed Noah to build a big watertight vessel and stock it with one breeding pair of every living thing and provisions for 40 days. Those lucky few would thus ride out God's planned "ethnic cleansing"of serious but unspecified earthly "wickedness"(perhaps gay marriage and evolution?) and survive to replenish the Earth.
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Monday, May 05, 2008
Issues Raised in 1970 Remain Unresolved
Wednesday, April 29, 1970, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia to "neutralize communist operation bases." Sen. J. William Fulbright called the invasion "a great mistake, a great tragedy." Astronaut John Glenn, speaking at the University of Akron in his Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate, said: "We must get the war-making power back in Congress. We cannot tolerate the president drifting us into war."
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Monday, April 07, 2008
Soldiers in Modern Wars All Die in Vain
Benjamin Franklin may or may not have said it, but it's a suggestive metaphor for a dilemma of democracy, as well as for our present predicament in the U.S.: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch."
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
It Doesn't Have to be this Bad
This spring both the Easter message of the triumph of life over death and the associated bacchanal of candy and consumption have been eclipsed by the Fifth Anniversary of Bush's GWOT - the most costly, most brutal war in history.This year, when our president celebrates his expensive orgy of devastation in Iraq with "no regrets," when waterboarding is hailed as a tool to manage terrorism, and spying on citizens is praised as patriotic, when 20 children die every minute for lack of food or medicine, when our nation is on the brink of a serious financial crisis, when our profliga
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Friday, March 07, 2008
Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetaur adipisicing velit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Yes, it's meaningless, dummy or placeholder text used to display print fonts or layouts without distracting the viewer with content. It probably dates back to the 16th century when printers started putting together sample books for prospective clients, and needed something that had about the same word lengths and letter frequencies as Latin. It has survived in 21st century desktop publishing software.
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Thursday, February 07, 2008
The Ticking Time Bomb Thought-Experiment
Cassel: If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him? Yoo: No treaty. Cassel: Also no law by Congress -- that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo... Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that. -- Human rights expert Doug Cassel and John Yoo, 12/1/05
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Common Sense, Common Purposes, Common Dreams
I'm tired of the bashing, the negativism, I want to know what they will do. I'm pleased at the variety of winners - shows people are thinking. I like Obama,, he's honest and reasonable ... I think Clinton - she really knows hands-on what to do about trying to change the world. I look for equal rights - equal for everyone - I'm not into politics, I just want them to represent people. --NE Ohio voters talking to WKSU News Director M.L. Schultze, 1/21/08
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Sunday, September 09, 2007
Time to Rattle 'Dem Bones'
A reader recently advised me: "Sleep-walking through the gray ocean of information fog cannot provide the shock needed to bring cultural revolution ... Rebel against this negativity and write something to rattle our democratic bones." ... as in "Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around"? I'd like to...
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Monday, August 06, 2007
Had Enough? It's In Our Hands: Tangle Their Feet
His supporters believed that Ronald Reagan planned to hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union by goading it to invest in military technology to circumvent our "Star Wars" missile interception system, (the Strategic Defense Initiative that never worked) and by undermining the Soviet economy to damage the civilian infrastructure and weaken ideological support for communism.
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Sunday, July 01, 2007
'It is Their Right, It is Their Duty, To Throw Off Such Government '
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- Declaration of Independence , 1776
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