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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


King: Shouldn’t health care be a right for everyone?

I wonder if anybody really understands what's going on with America's health care system.

April 03, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


Commentary: How safe is safe enough with nuclear power?

March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.

March 25, 2012 | Joan King | Viewpoint


King: Politicians play on our fears to drive us apart

"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil ..."

March 06, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Politicians know which part of the brain to tap

In the movie The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher's daughter is worried about her mother's mental state. Mrs. Thatcher is no longer Prime Minister of the U.K. She has lost her husband to death, her son to distance, and her position as head of the government to the opposition. The daughter insists Mrs. Thatcher see the family physician.

February 21, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: When does life really begin?

Abortion is about as old as history itself. The Greeks did it. The Romans did it. Even the Catholic Church accepted abortion at one time. St. Thomas Aquinas did not believe the soul entered the body until quickening, the point when movement could be felt.

February 07, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: We need a health care system we're in charge of

One of the Republican candidates - I don't remember who - said in answer to a comment for the audience, "No one in this country need go without medical care."

January 24, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Death with dignity should be a right

This is the year I turn 80. I've written hundreds of columns for this paper, but this could "push the envelope" and may upset many people.

January 10, 2012 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Christmas now past, let's help kids all year long

Christmas is over. All the celebrations and good feelings will end New Year's Day with bowl games and a few New Year's resolutions. Then it's back to the same-old same-old. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's a very good chance you contributed to either a food drive or one of the many programs that provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

December 27, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: The power of gratitude can lift us higher

When the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know" came out in 2004, I drove to Atlanta to see it. Its theme, the connection between spiritually, quantum physics and human consciousness, fascinates me.

December 13, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Today's conveniences are anything but

Dear Lord, save me from modern technology and new and improved products. Every time I find a cleaning product or a cosmetic I like, the manufacture improves it. Every time I think I know where the grocery store stocks their seasonings or dried fruit, they move it.

November 29, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Hate for government can lead to violence, chaos and anarchy

The news about the four old codgers who were accused of wanting to bomb government buildings and kill a "bucket list" of people, including media personal, broke on a Tuesday. The story of their arrest was on the front page of The Times on Wednesday, and by Thursday it was in the New York Times.

November 15, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Time to speak up

The United States was established as a representative democracy: The people elect the government. Today, we increasingly frame ourselves as a participatory democracy: Citizens participate in government decisions.

October 30, 2011 | Joan King | Viewpoint


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King: Politics keeps us short-sighted

Human nature has changed little over time, but human behavior has. We no longer burn heretics at the stake or torture animals for sport ... well, not the way we did in the past. At least today we pay lip service to social justice and the rule of law.

October 21, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: There's more to citizen activism than just money

I just hung up on another perfectly nice volunteer asking me to send money to a political cause I wholly support. I also dumped a half dozen unopened letters from worthwhile organizations into the recycle bin. I've contributed to some of these groups for over 40 years.

October 07, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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