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Archive By Author - Joan King


King: Opinions shouldn’t deter facts

Opinions - we all have them. I wish I could find some acceptable way to repeat the standard joke about opinions, but this is a respectable family paper. If you don't know what I am talking about, ask a friend.

August 27, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Free speech precious, but abused

Moods, personal ups and downs, are cyclical. Even the most cheerful of optimists have their bad days, and pessimists have been known to smile occasionally. According to a friend who tracks cycles in the stock market, the public has moods swings as well. At present he is looking back through old media photos of public figures. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt at Yalta. Mostly, those fellows looked pretty grim.

August 13, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: We keep enabling our political problems

What do we mean when we say someone is an "enabler?"

July 23, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: There's more to being human than gender

Could the first Man be a woman?

July 09, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Learning to love the weeds

I've just discovered gardening!

June 25, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: We all have a voice in our health care

The first mistake was calling it Obamacare.

Apparently that moniker was coined by Hillary Clinton back in 2008 when she ran against Barack Obama in the primaries. She called her own plan Clintoncare. We're talking about national health coverage. Why not call it that? Because the name is politically neutral -- neither a rallying cry for one side nor a cudgel for the other.

June 11, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: When risk needs to be taken seriously

Americans are risk takers.

May 28, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Root of gun violence can be found in human brain

Last week, NPR announced that a bullet had been successfully fired from a plastic gun. The big news is this: The gun came from a 3-D printer. So much for gun control, for background checks and any other measure to reduce the number of easily available handguns in the nation.

May 14, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Our world is facing traumatic stress

Almost everyone knows what post-traumatic stress disorder is. Just to be clear: PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur when an individual under goes a sudden trauma.

April 30, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Preserving views for others we can’t see on our own

My husband and I are part owners of family property. Since we are the only family members living in Georgia, the cellphone people came to us when they began looking for a new tower location in this area.

April 16, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Defining the nature of our reality

I always read the Rev. Billy Graham's column when it appears in the paper. He is about as fundamentalist as they come, but I find I often agree with him, if I translate his statements from his simple one-dimensional language to something deeper and more universal.

April 02, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: ‘Policy’ turns us against each other

Our culture is making us sick.

March 19, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Nuke recycling plan is a disaster

If you want to reduce government spending, you have to know where the money goes and why. I'm not an economist, but I am a nuke watcher. I'm on the board of Nuclear Watch South and linked with other nuclear watch groups around the country.

March 05, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: It's time for an honest look at death

"I'm not afraid of dying. I just don't want to be around when it happens." - Woody Allen

February 19, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: How should a society raise its children?

I'm rereading Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World." It was published the year I was born and is considered to be one of the best novels of the 20th century.

February 05, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


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King: When the lights come on, what will our earth look like?

When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.

April 22, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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