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King: Big Boys Club stays exclusive

As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.

December 03, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: In the presence of mine enemies

I love the 23rd Psalm. It resonates with believers and doubters alike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't meditate on its words, for surely I have been led beside the still waters and made to lie down in green pastures.

November 19, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Pain from a few hard-liners

You've heard of the "pain factor." It's a political term, the pressure a relatively small but impassioned group of individuals can inflict on a politician, especially around election time.

November 05, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: What if mankind is done for?

When National Public Radio does a series on life after death, you know the question of what happens to us after we die is more than just a religious matter.

October 22, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: US science lag doesn't add up

The man in the checkout line bought a six-pack of beer, a gallon jug of cheap red wine and a frozen eggplant Parmesan casserole. An interesting combination, I thought. Apparently the young fellow bagging the items recognized the man, who had done some tutoring at the local high school.

October 08, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: More guns don’t make us safer

Again ... another mass shooting. Again ... the shooter is killed. We will never know exactly why he did this awful thing. Apparently he was mentally ill, but that alone is not an explanation.

September 24, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: We must be our brothers’ keepers

"Am I my brother's keeper?"

September 10, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


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


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King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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