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King: Peace is the only sane option

It started with a quote my brother found in a book he was reading, "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes: "History, that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation."

January 14, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Learning to accept our doubts

The idea of God is endlessly fascinating, but I am not a "believer." In fact, I do not believe "believers." We all doubt, but doubt scares many individuals to a point where they willingly surrender their critical faculties and accept whatever they're taught.

December 31, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Choosing the good or evil paths

Morphine and heroin are basically the same substance. Both are derived from the opium poppy.

December 17, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


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


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King: Our money goes for a boondoggle

It has been just over two months since I wrote a column about Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. I can hear President Ronald Reagan's voice now: "There you go again."

September 09, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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