Sharon Martin

Trump and Taxes
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Trump and Taxes

BY SHARON MARTIN “We have the highest tax rate in the world,” Donald Trump said last week on Fox News. If his rude speech and bombastic personality aren’t enough for voters, he also has a slim grasp of facts. According to data from Price Waterhouse Coopers, the United States has the 8th highest tax rate…

Civility And Common Ground
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Civility And Common Ground

BY SHARON MARTIN The Democratic debate was civil. The candidates discussed ideas and solutions. Why are we surprised? When did presidential elections become a media affair? When did it become socially acceptable to be an ass? Candidates have always found less than polite ways to draw distinctions between themselves. Remember the Hamilton/Burr dual? But in…

This Ain’t Politics
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This Ain’t Politics

BY SHARON MARTIN If you are more worried about getting the backing of the NRA than you are about the grieving families in Oregon, you are not fit to represent anyone. If you believe someone’s coming after your guns, you’re an idiot. The problem is the culture of violence, and there are solutions. This week,…

What Teachers Know: One Teacher’s List
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What Teachers Know: One Teacher’s List

BY SHARON MARTIN Some smart kids don’t test well. What helps a kid score well on the next test isn’t necessarily what makes him a thinker or a lifelong learner. There are no quick fixes. Not everyone will arrive at the benchmarks set by researchers and legislators at the same time. Some never reach them….

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