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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


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


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King: Election results won't solve our problems

"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.

November 18, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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