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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


King: Our press is free, but at a price to us

Someone once said that freedom of the press is more important than the right to vote, because without a free press the right to vote is meaningless.

March 23, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Growth is not necessarily progress

"Welcome to our automated service system," says a cheerful voice. "This call may be monitored to assure quality control. If you want (blank) press 1, if you want (blank) press 2.

February 23, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Court turns corporations into citizens

All living creatures have a way to communicate. Humans use words. They talk. Spoken, written or signed by the deaf, words are how people relate to one another and how they form a society.

February 09, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Haiti’s lesson — God offers love, unity

By now Pat Robertson has been thoroughly raked over the coals for saying that God was responsible for the Haitian earthquake three weeks ago. According to Robertson, God wrought destruction upon Haiti because its people made a pact with the devil back in 1804.

January 26, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Memories fail us, and so can our biases

It was bound to happen sooner or later. After years of stressing the importance of facts and the need to verify sources, I blundered by relying on my own memory. In my Dec. 15 column about the war in Afghanistan I said that President Lyndon Johnson declared "victory" and brought the troops home. I was wrong.

January 12, 2010 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Looking at life through young eyes

As I write this, it's Christmas day. I'm smack up against the deadline for this column, and I've had writer's block all week.

December 29, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: US isn’t going to win war in Afghanistan

The U.S. isn't going to "win" in Afghanistan.

December 15, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: A personal issue becomes public

Back in the late '80s, I wrote a column, actually an open letter to the Georgia legislature, that began: "The abortion issue threatens to split the spiritual fabric of our nation."

December 01, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Common humanity lost amid tragedy

"He wanted to be part of something bigger than himself."

November 17, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Evil indeed lurks in our valley

A number of years ago, maybe in the 1980s, I paid a visit to a friend in New York state who taught English at a local college. I was with her the day the class assignment included a story about the Holocaust.

November 03, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


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Joan King: We need a single voice of reason to speak for nation

When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.

January 27, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


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