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 17, 2007
A New Iliad: The Fixation of Dubya or The Wrath of the American People?
"I sing the Wrath of Achilles" ... proclaims the opening verse of the Iliad.Scholars generally agree that the Iliad originated in orally generated and transmitted stories, scenes and characters during the 500 years after the Trojan War (c. 1250 BC) until the "blind poet" Homer, (who some believe was a woman) wrote them down around 650 BC.
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Friday, May 18, 2007
Media & Mediafication
media — something in the middle; something that transmits or carries something else; a plural form of medium, now widely understood as a singular noun for the aggregate of journalists and broadcasters, as in "the mainstream media" mediate — to act in the middle to reconcile differences.
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Sunday, April 08, 2007
The High Price of Mediocrity
According to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, the top issues for Democratic voters are: war, Iraq, universal medical care (not necessarily health insurance) and torture/detentions. Next tier, in constantly changing order: power of the President, politicization of justice and abuses of Constitutional rights, energy & environment, education, jobs, poverty. Terrorism is there somewhere, largely in the form of speculation that Bush's belligerent foreign policy causes it.The top issues for Republican voters in the same poll are abortion, homosexuality, and tax cuts.
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Friday, March 23, 2007
To Stop War Crimes, Impeach The War Criminal
This year the Ides of March were preceded by an early switch to Daylight Time — devised during World War II to give householders time in their Victory Gardens after work, now marketed as a way to reduce energy consumption. But this March, instead of equinocturnal hope of renewed life and gratitude for the gifts of sunlight and spring rains, we are mired in the mud and blood of a criminal war, and frustrated by our inability to stop it.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007
Boundaries, Benchmarks and Bright Lines
After five women and three children were killed by US bombs in their compound of mud homes in Afghanistan, a US spokesman defended the killing: "Coalition forces observed two men with AK-47s ... entering the compound," said Lt-Col David Accetta, a military spokesman. "These men knowingly endangered...
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Sunday, December 31, 2006
Skepticism and Salvation
When my son Seth was 17, his father, elder sister and I and an adult friend stopped at a restaurant in New Philadelphia for dinner. As the waitress went around the table taking orders for drinks, Seth ordered a martini. The waitress, observing his youth, asked "Are any of these people your parents...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Turkeys: Personal, Political & Planetary
My Thanksgiving for the election outcome was quickly tempered by gobbling from assorted turkeys -- personal, political, and planetary. Reviewing my personal finances at my kitchen table I found myself stymied by a bill from Kaiser Permanente, my HMO for the past 21 years, for $48.68 for small...
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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Education 101
Years ago, when I taught at Ohio State, a colleague from the English department recounted his experience with an irate parent who objected to "immoral" selections in his freshman daughter's English textbook. The professor defended the stories and essays, saying that they were not primarily moral...
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Saturday, June 03, 2006
A Martian's Electic Observations of Earthlings
I, Naitram, formerly of the Planet Mars, am pleased to offer you Earthlings who call yourselves Americans a few eclectic observations on your lives and prospects on Planet Earth. Notwithstanding the preoccupations of your science-fiction writers, I have not considered your reproductive habits, your...
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Thursday, May 04, 2006
The Wrens of May
Every May first-week wrens twitter and flit in the trees around my house, announcing their presence and power among the sharp new leaves and cherry blossoms. They consider me an interloper in their commonwealth. They scold me when I sit on their lawn or trim their bushes, criticize the wrenhouses I...
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