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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

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

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Joan King: Mystery of elections; their funding, their meanness

The older I get, the less I understand. I've learned that emotion trumps facts and figures when it comes to human behavior, but I don't understand the "why" behind much of that behavior. I don't understand downright meanness.

April 21, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists

Joan King: Our speech is free, but often minus facts

In his 1941 State of the Union speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt listed four fundamental freedoms basic to the United States, freedoms he believed "... rightfully belonged to everyone in the world: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

April 07, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


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