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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


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


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King: Doctors are losing the personal touch

As child, the doctor came to our house if I was ill. Things change. I remember the day I got sick, and my parents bundled me into their car and drove to the doctor's office to see him., Today no one expects a doctor to make house calls.

July 15, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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