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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

King: Anti-science fervor is irrational

After a certain amount of friendly persuasion, my husband and I agreed to accompany our cousins on a trip to the Dordogne Valley in France.

October 18, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Politicians evolve, adapt only for their benefit, not public’s

Less than 40 percent of the American public approve of the way President Barack Obama is running the country. Nevertheless, he'll probably run for a second term, but right now there is little indication that he can win.

October 04, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Pondering the impact of our lives as a birthday approaches

September is my birth month. I'll be 79, a prime number, a number that stands alone, indivisible by any integer other than itself and one. Primes have fascinated mathematicians since the time of the early Egyptians and have been the subject of many theories and much debate. We think there are an infinite number of them, but maybe not.

September 20, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Hard to find common ground in pursuit of the common good

If one picture is worth a thousand words, one good cartoon is worth even more. "Zits," a comic strip that appears regularly in The Times, says more about living with a 15-year-old than any parenting column, and a single panel of Gary Trudeau's, "Doonesbury" packs more punch than most political columns.

September 06, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Utility's 'risk-sharing' plan akin to a tax hike on customers

When is a tax not a tax?

August 23, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Don’t want government services? Pay now or pay later

Every society cares for its vulnerable. To do this humanely is a mark of a civilized people. Those who can't or won't care for their weaker members have fallen into barbarism.

August 09, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Pessimists aside, we can make things better on our own

You've heard the definition of an optimist: Someone who lives with a pessimist. My husband of 57 years is the funniest man I know. He's smart, generous and empathic, but he is also a pessimist. And as is often the case with pessimists, he tends to get depressed.

July 26, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Has a curse been placed on society?

"For everything there is a season..." - Ecclesiastes 3

July 12, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Irrational beliefs should be challenged

What do you say when you have said it all before? You repeat yourself, of course, but you better have a new twist or a catchy sound bite.

June 28, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Man is changing earth over time; is it for the better?

Report after report tells us the U.S. is falling behind in math and science. How bad is it?

June 14, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: World will end soon enough if we don’t act

Our world will end, if we don't act May 21, the end of the world according to Howard Camping, came and went, and we're all still here. Of course, doomsday still may be lurking around the corner waiting for us. In fact, I can make a pretty good case that it is - if anybody will listen. But I don't have Preacher Camping's personal charisma.

May 31, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Americans' soul bared by 2 news events

It is hard enough to do justice to a single news item in 650 words. Today I am going to tackle two. Both are current, both important but apparently unrelated. Nevertheless, I see a connection. More than that, I see them both as a kind of public Rorschach test.

May 17, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Why we still can't trust nuclear power

The Lockheed Constellation was a magnificent airliner in its day. Built in California between 1943 and 1958, it saw service in the Berlin airlift, was President Dwight Eisenhower's official aircraft, and carried commercial passengers for several major airlines.

May 03, 2011 | Joan King | Community columnists

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King: How random — and friendly — is our universe?

I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."

April 08, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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