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King: Immortality puts life in perspective

I just turned 78, and my husband of 56 years is 82. Old age isn't for sissies. In fact, it sucks. Say this out loud, and someone will reply sweetly: "But it's better than the alternative."

October 19, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: ‘Follow the money’ in health debate

This oft-repeated piece of wisdom is attributed to Deep Throat in the 1976 movie All the President's Men. Surely it's older than that. Money has always been a prime mover in man's machinations.

October 05, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Our unhappiness affects our economic status

Back in June, I wrote a column explaining why life is better today than ever before. I provided facts and figures, suggested a book called "The Rational Optimist" by Matt Ridely, and even quoted Adam Smith who believed that international trade (globalization) promoted benevolence and, thus, a healthier society.

September 21, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Revealing the rest of the story on nuclear power

"And now ... (long dramatic pause) .., for the rest of the story."

September 07, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Reflecting on vastness of truth, faith

Humankind is a strangely conflicted species. We are saints and sinners, killers and healers, rational and emotional. We love and we hate without really understanding why.

August 24, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Toxic issues spark views that go beyond facts

Everybody has opinions. Some opinions are just that: opinion. Others go deeper. They become convictions, part of a personal belief system that resists change regardless of fact or circumstance.

August 10, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Our free will is overcome by habits

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was beloved by opera fans the world over. Even today many believe he was the greatest tenor who ever lived.

One night, Caruso paused dramatically during one of his arias, turned his back on the audience, (something no performer is supposed to do) strode up stage, then turned with a flourish and continued singing.

July 27, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: US must agree to disarmament

I have always believed that mankind is destined for the stars. Even as I write this I am trying to figure it out. Our technology seems to be on an ever-accelerating curve. Toward what?

July 13, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Connected world shares risk, rewards

One of the joys of having a youngster in the house is the excuse to check out the young adult section in the library or bookstore. One of my granddaughter's favorite authors is Lemony Snicket who writes "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

June 29, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Despite our griping, life is better

When was the last time you heard someone long for the past, for the good old days when life was simple and people were nicer? When did you last hear someone lament the loss of the individualism and self-sufficiency our ancestors enjoyed?

June 15, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: We all pay price for our oil addiction

I suppose I should write a column about the Gulf oil spill. Everyone else has, but what is there left to say? Like so many other issues, opinions are divided into opposing camps: "See, I told you so" vs. "Drill baby, drill."

June 01, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Weeds of anger choke out happiness

Folks around here had their five minutes of national exposure the last week when a tea party member in the 9th House District had his say on NPR: "We're going to get rid of Obama. We're going to get rid of all the Democrats and all the moderate Republicans, and we're going to return this country to its conservative heritage."

May 18, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Changing earth a challenge to mankind

Humanity is in for a rough ride in the coming years.

May 04, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: GOP teeters toward irrational revolt

Diogenes is not exactly a household name, but my granddaughter learned about him in elementary school from one of those easy-to-read books designed to engage second- and third-graders.

April 20, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

King: Women energized to better their world

All the nastiness and negativity going around these days is contagious. Listen to it long enough and you'll find yourself slipping into a real funk. So let me tell you about some positive things that have happened recently.

April 06, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists

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