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King: McClellan sheds light on Bush’s inner circle

Several years ago, when I was more active with the League of Woman Voters, I went to Washington, D.C., to meet three other league members in an effort to put a budget issue on the League's national agenda. One woman was from California, another from New Jersey, and the third from somewhere in the Midwest.

June 30, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Even if US knows where it wants to go, getting there can be a problem

When I think about the problems facing our country today, I recall a story of the man who lost his way and stopped to ask directions from an old farmer.

June 17, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: US family needs more discipline

One of our politicians, a member of Congress I believe, defended his support for a gas tax suspension by saying that his job was to "... listen to the public and make them happy."

Perhaps it's just as well I can't find that particular clipping right now. No matter which party this man represented, someone would have accused me of bias. However, both John McCain and Hillary Clinton favor the tax suspension.

June 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Culture of fear or fear of culture?

When I was studying anthropology at Georgia State College eons ago, I had a professor who liked to ask the young women students how they would feel about sharing their husband with one or more other wives. Polygamy, he said, is a worldwide norm. Only modern industrial societies mandate monogamy.

May 20, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Scientist in Congress a good idea

The presidential race is sucking up all the available oxygen these days. Hillary, Obama and McCain are everywhere. Their every utterance is hashed over by the media and the water cooler crowd alike, and it's likely to stay this way until November.

May 06, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: It’s time for global cooperation

We're told Ronald Reagan won the Cold War by driving the Soviet Union into bankruptcy. Now the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are pushing the U.S. in the same direction.

April 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Groupthink shows our ugly side

Overheard shortly after Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia: "He says he's a Christian, but he was born a Muslim. Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. There's only one thing you can do with a Muslim. Kill him."

April 22, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Emotions drive our political choices

Is change really in the air? Perhaps, but people are fickle. The public may call for change, but individually people keep electing the same candidates, supporting the same party and reciting the same political rhetoric they did before.

March 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Mystery of life not answered by laws

It appears that some Georgia legislators want to tell us when life begins.

March 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


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


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King: Election results won't solve our problems

"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.

November 18, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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