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King: Irresponsible act leads to a sickening thud

The week began badly. I had picked up my granddaughter from school and was heading home in the dark when a dog appeared in my headlights. I braked and veered as best I could. Then there was that awful thud.

March 24, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: We need a healthy dose of truth

Trust me, says candidate No. 1. I will tell you the truth.

March 11, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Youth should rally against nukes

A culture can be defined by the secrets it keeps from its children.

Primitive tribes had ghosts and demons that danced around ceremonial fires when the elders called on them. At puberty, the male initiates learned that those freighting figures were actually their fathers and older brothers, but the truth was kept from the women and children.

February 26, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Don’t buy the case for keeping the status quo

Two weeks ago Congress raised automotive fuel efficiency standards from 25 mph to 35 mph. Big whoop de do!

February 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Nuclear plants not worth cost, risk

When I agreed to write for The Times on a regular basis, the paper had only one stipulation: Write about something besides the nuclear industry.

February 05, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Reject labels; embrace forgiveness

This column is going to be up close and personal. To a certain extent every columnist is a public figure and open to public criticism. That's fine with me. I learn something from every letter or e-mail I get, but I object to labels.

February 02, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Our national honor is at stake over Iraq

President Bush has made it very clear he will not withdraw American troops from Iraq. If the Congress proposes any legislation to that effect, he will veto it. Congress can override a veto, but it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses, 67 votes in the Senate and 290 votes in the House, to do it.

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Nature of a lie based on perception

If a person believes he or she is being truthful, a false statement does not become true, but is it a lie? The individual may have been misinformed. The facts may have been distorted or perhaps unknown at the time, but there is another possibility.

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: A dual lesson in free speech, press

I have been writing for The Times for more than seven years. It has been a good relationship, and they have never refused to publish anything I sent, nor have they made more than minor edits, but there is always a first. The Times decided that my column for Sept. 25 was offensive, and they pulled it.

Interestingly enough, this was one day after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, spoke at Columbia University. There are several issues at stake here, and freedom of speech is just one of them. For the record, I believe Columbia University was right to ...

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Grow economy or happiness?

When backed into a corner, global warming skeptics admit that yes, it is getting hotter, and yes, human activity has something to do with it, but they still insist that taking steps to halt climate change would cost too much.

Regulating automotive emissions or mandating pollution controls at coal-fired power plants would jeopardize the economy.

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Mankind must avoid war at all cost

War is a disease to which humanity falls prey. By its very nature war is destructive, dehumanizing and an unmitigated evil, yet we succumb to it over and over again.

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


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King: Doctors are losing the personal touch

As child, the doctor came to our house if I was ill. Things change. I remember the day I got sick, and my parents bundled me into their car and drove to the doctor's office to see him., Today no one expects a doctor to make house calls.

July 15, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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