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 23, 2006
Schools Are Key in an Uncertain World
In 1957 Nevil Shute's "On the Beach" brought home to readers the reality that the human race was capable of designing and executing its own demise using nuclear weapons. In succeeding years the fictional adventures of Dr. Strangelove and the real events of the Bay of Pigs helped persuade presidents...
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Friday, April 07, 2006
A Cyber-Bestiary For Our Time
"... my needs are to have good, crisp information so I can make decisions on behalf of the American people." -- George W. Bush, April 4, 2006 At the dawn of the computer age a small light-seeking robot turtle was devised to propel itself toward a light. But when more than one light appeared in its...
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Sunday, February 12, 2006
Looking at Life at 75 Years and Counting
"Your teeth look good for another 75 years," said my dentist last month, just before my 75th birthday. Though I can't expect to last as long as my teeth, the milestone offers an occasion -- or at least a pretext -- to reflect on what the next 75 years may bring to my fellow mortals. Given what I'm...
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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Say No to the Fictions of Fear
Reality, to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan/ Richard Rorty: "is anything people let you get away with." In my last column I quoted a Newsweek reporter who had interviewed Iraqis before we attacked Iraq: "Now we know Saddam's aides weren't the only ones spinning the truth. It's hard to know what to...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Trying to Make Sense For 2006
I write at my computer, presently listening to the random music of rain outside my windows and the passionate but precise and orderly sounds of Bach's B-minor Mass from my CD player, trying to make sense of the world I live in. News of the New Year describes a world in a mess greater than any left...
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Friday, October 07, 2005
Pros and Cons, and Our National Agenda
The first time I called the Congressional Research Service Hot Line to get an answer for a constituent inquiry I apologized to the researcher for the triviality of the question. "Oh, that's nothing," was her cheerful reply, "the first day I worked here I had requests for the recipe for fig newtons...
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Sunday, August 28, 2005
Reviving Democracy in Portage County, Ohio
A few days after I hosted a Moveon.org Candlelight Vigil in Support of Cindy Sheehan on the steps of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent an elderly man phoned me. He said he had been a working person all his life and asked how he could help stop the war: "God knows," he pleaded, "we don't...
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Sunday, July 17, 2005
Impeach Bush, Leave Iraq and Move On
In my last column I recommended impeachment of Bush as a first step toward repairing the damage we have done to Iraq. Since then Al Qaeda terrorists have attacked London and been swiftly identified with professionalism and civic smoothness by British law-enforcement, and Karl Rove has been revealed...
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Friday, June 03, 2005
Writing "Truth" on the Sidewalk: Who Do We Think We Are?
Truth: A private virtue or a public reality? A moral or a logical category? A set of non-negotiable facts, or a consensus about the way the world is? What's its opposite -- falsity, fiction, omission, ignorance? Does it set us free, or bind us together? Conservatives often argue that liberals...
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Sunday, February 13, 2005
If You're Not at the Table, You're on the Menu
On a hot July evening in 1996 about a hundred people from Portage County gathered at Ravenna High School to hear the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Preliminary Environmental Investigation report on the Ravenna Arsenal site in preparation for turning the grounds over to the Ohio National Guard. Local...
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