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 16, 2005
What's the Story? Truth or Dramatic Fiction?
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets ... fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." -- First sentence of the novel "Paul...
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Sunday, October 24, 2004
Your Vote Counts--Make the Most of It
It's almost all over but the voting -- the unique way our democracy chooses its leaders and makes public policy to create a good society for our nation. Yet this year we know we are not only deeply divided over what constitutes a good society and what kind of leaders and policies we want, we are...
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Friday, September 24, 2004
What Shall the Perplexed Voter Do?
This title headed a pair of essays by William Lloyd Garrison and Thomas Mott Osborne in The Ethical Record 2 (Oct-Nov 1900) during the campaign of William Jennings Bryan against William McKinley. A century later we voters are no less perplexed. The word "perplexed" is compounded of per- --...
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Friday, September 10, 2004
Why Kerry Will Win
Today, rather than recite reasons why Bush is worse than Kerry, or analyze the campaign tactics of the candidates, or dissect the motivations of swing voters, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Kerry will win in Ohio and become the next President. Why? Large numbers of Ohioans are...
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Friday, August 13, 2004
The Highest Possible Level of Development
In one of his wilder excursions in " The Cyberiad ", Stanislaus Lem describes beings who have reached the Highest Possible Level of Development (HPLD). These creatures do nothing but lie on cushions in a desert of cybernetic sand and scratch themselves while watching indecent plays performed by...
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Friday, July 16, 2004
Dancing With "Them What Brung You"
There is a story that after an advisor had presented a well-reasoned proposal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said something like: "Sounds good. Now go find me a constituency to make me do it." As we approach the first major political convention of the season, many of us are asking ourselves how...
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Friday, May 21, 2004
Thinking Freedom, Talking Democracy
Recent events have been sobering, making a lot of our public concerns look petty and selfish. It's hard to get righteous about heterosexual marriage when our official national policy includes homosexual humiliation of Muslims. It feels self-centered to whine about gas prices when Iraqi children are...
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Thursday, April 01, 2004
A Cautionary Tale for April First
In honor of April Fools' Day we will consider assorted human follies, including the hapless Henny-Penny and her friends, who, after a pea fell on Henny-Penny's head, believed that "The Sky Is Falling" (hereafter: TSIF) and went to tell the King. As you recall, she and her friends Cocky-locky, Ducky...
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Sunday, February 01, 2004
Challenge: Act Like Citizens, Not Subjects
French Revolutionist Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) envisioned a "Republic of Virtue" that would reconstruct society according to certain universal, utopian and monolithic principles of goodness and virtue. However, he -- and his fellow Jacobins -- didn't trust the French people to be...
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Sunday, June 01, 2003
The Map is not the Territory
In the end, the success or failure of the roadmap depends on how we talk about it. If our discourse is framed by the premise that Palestinian violence is the primary problem, the roadmap does not have a chance. " Misleading Media Story May Doom Middle East Roadmap " Ira Chernus, Common Dreams, 5/20...
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