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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


King: Keeping nuclear power safe too costly

Our daughter, Susan, is dating a self-described "conservative." I've been labeled - by others, not me - as "a liberal." We all get along just fine; however, the boyfriend is pro-nuclear. I'm not. In fact, I am on the board of Nuclear Watch South, part of a nationwide watchdog service (look us up at www.nonukesyouall.org).

October 20, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Communicating today is easier, yet also harder

When I couldn't reach my brother's home in New Jersey, (I had the wrong area code) I dialed his cell phone. He picked up on the first ring with, "Hey, Joan. Is everything OK?"

October 06, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: How we use our brain sets us apart

Use your brain!

September 22, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Movies may reflect society’s psyche

I love movies. I've loved them since my parents took me to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. I was 5 years old and hid under the seat during the scary parts. In my teens, when others went to Saturday football games, I could be found at the local cinema.

September 08, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Health arguments paint a false picture

U.S. democracy may be imploding, eating itself up from within. Constitutionally guaranteed free speech has become the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how untrue or inflammatory. The right of assembly approaches mob rule, and hostility toward a legally elected president drifts toward insurrection. How did this happen?

August 25, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Big money influence thwarts health reform

Who owns America? Not you and me, that's for sure, and that's why Americans don't have universal health coverage.

August 11, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Lack of trust leads to wild speculation

People are fascinated by conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are the basis of blockbuster movies like "Angels and Demons," the fuel that feeds the anti-global warming folks, and the force that prompts people to deny the Holocaust. Some conspiracy buffs even believe 9/11 was an inside job engineered by our own government.

July 28, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Politics getting in the way of climate solutions

Facts be damned. According to social critic Thomas Mann (1875-1955), everything is politics.

July 14, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Iranians don’t need US to interfere

The bumper sticker read, "Not Fooled By The Media." I lacked the nerve to track down the owner of the car and ask exactly what he meant by it.

June 30, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Faith gone wrong can lead to war

Our granddaughter's school requires all eighth-grade students to study the Old Testament. The course is called World Religions, but the text comes from the Bible. In high school, students study the New Testament.

June 16, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: It's time to defuse ‘The Bomb’ for good

There is an elephant in the room, something large and looming. Something we all know is there but don't want to talk about. It's called nuclear Armageddon or sometimes just "The Bomb," and unless you are over 65, you have lived in its shadow all your life.

June 01, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: The grip of hate is all-powerful

Love has many faces; hate is a matter of degree.

May 19, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Science, faith at odds, but why?

Have you ever had two friends - or relatives perhaps, people you really cared about - who simply couldn't get along with each other, two people who seemed determined to misunderstand and misinterpret everything the other said? Sad, isn't it?

May 05, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


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King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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