Sharon Martin

Let’s Talk Taxes
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Let’s Talk Taxes

BY SHARON MARTIN Nobody likes to pay taxes. Nobody likes to pay mortgage payments or rent, either, but we want the security of roof and walls. Taxes are a necessary part of a democracy. It’s the money we all throw into the pot. In return, we expect infrastructure and services that serve the common good….

Wait! You Thought I Was Talking About Venezuela?
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Wait! You Thought I Was Talking About Venezuela?

BY SHARON MARTIN Consolidate. Trim the government to just a few loyal minions.   Ignore the Constitution. Create an enemy, and promise to save us all, or at least the ones who voted for you.   Profess your base’s religion, and make their issues yours, despite all the evidence of your lack of values, your…

Let’s Talk About Guns
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Let’s Talk About Guns

BY SHARON MARTIN It never occurred to me that a shotgun was anything but a necessary tool, on my grandfather’s ranch or on my small homestead. While I’m not prepared to give up my .410 when there are water moccasins that stray too far from the creek bank, I’ve begun to question my own beliefs. How…

Let’s Get Uncomfortable
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Let’s Get Uncomfortable

BY SHARON MARTIN Dear Oklahoma Legislators who voted against Lauren’s Law [HB 1007] on Mar. 13: whatever makes you think consent will by taught by parents and church leaders? I grew up protected from outside influences by two well-meaning parents, both preachers. We had interesting conversations about politics, culture, science, and religion. We talked books…

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