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King: Tuesday's winner will be president for all

One week before the election! Next Tuesday, you go to the polls and cast your vote, but ... alas, your guy loses. What are you going to do, leave the country?

October 30, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: A second dark age is upon us

My father was an electrical engineer. He considered himself a scientist. Born Nov. 4, 1899, he was a lifelong employee of Bell Laboratories. On more than one occasion he told me, "If I live to be a hundred, my life will span three centuries."

October 16, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Don’t just judge government on its quantity; quality counts, too

Quick! In five words tell me. What's the difference between Democrats and Republicans?

October 02, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Truth is a victim in campaigns

Both the Republican and Democratic conventions are behind us now. The two parties have chosen their gladiators, and for the next seven weeks they will battle it out. They'll do whatever they can to win the Presidency. I'm afriaid things are going to get ugly

September 18, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Treating Earth as a living being

I'll be 80 this month. At this age I can look back and pinpoint the various times when scientific theories moved from speculation to established fact. For example, I was in the anthropology department at Georgia State when plate tectonics was formally accepted by the world's leading geophysicists.

September 04, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Earth should be our No. 1 issue, priority

What are your core values? You're going to be asked this a lot as we approach Election Day. Think carefully before you answer. What motivates you? What do you hold dear? What institutions or beliefs are basic to your life and well being?

August 21, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Seek answers, not vengeance, after acts of senseless violence

There are times when I want to cry. Not just shed a few tears but seclude myself in some quite place and sob for hours.

August 07, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Political campaigns play with our brains

Have you watched any political ads recently? Most of us have, even people like me who don't have TV. They're hard to escape, but when you ask someone if he or she is influenced by what they see, they say no.

July 24, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Time to move past code words

Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Sounds good, but that isn't the way it works, at least not in politics.

July 10, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Faithful should protect our Earth

When my granddaughter was about 5, I use to entertain her with fairy tales. At each retelling, she and I would think up some new variations on the classics. After a while, the Three Bears morphed into a story about modern bears living in the North Georgia mountains.

June 26, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: True believers almost never admit, ‘you could be right’

When people learn that I'm a columnist, the first question is always, "What do you write about?" My answer: All the things a polite person is NOT supposed to talk about: religion, politics and sex.

June 12, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Faith often is used to divide us

What is it about evolution?

May 29, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: 2 authors offer arguments on procreation

"Why Have Children?"

May 15, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Our trend toward societal suicide is hard to deny

The first visit to a new doctor means filling out pages and pages of forms: Name, age, address, and so forth. Then financial matters, privacy issues and, finally, a long personal history. At my age, I can't even begin to remember all my various operations or hospital visits.

May 01, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: What if our electric grid went down?

I woke this morning, rolled over in bed, and glanced at the illuminated numbers on my clock. After 6, still black outside, but time to get up. I stumbled toward the door, flipped the light switch in the hall, and turned up the thermostat to take the chill out the house.

April 17, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


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King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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