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Letters to the Editor for Fall 2017

By: Constitution Staff


The daily news(?)paper in Tulsa has a couple of regular items on page 2 each day that are anecdotal, but also informative and interesting. In a recent issue a small item titled “Will Rogers says” read: “I see by the papers that they are going to do away with all the nuisance taxes. That means that a man can get a marriage license for nothing.” – dated Jan. 27, 1924.

Well, it seems to me that the State should not even be in the marriage license business since “marriage” is a situation created by GOD, and throughout history for the Jewish and then Christian faith, marriages were from the church and records of same were kept in the records of the individual churches, and family bibles after the printing press was invented.

In the last few years information came to me that the State of Oklahoma did not issue marriage licenses until several years after statehood in 1907, the year in my memory being 1913 (but don't try to take that to the bank). Another piece of information received was that the final state in the Union to begin to issue marriage licenses was in 1936 and, to my surprise, it was Maryland, one of the original 13 colonies. In my mind this falls into the area of a “nuisance” tax, despite the claim from the legal business that it provides a protection for the women. If that were actually true, then what about the “common law” status for couples who have lived and acted together as husband and wife for years and are given “marriage” status in law?

The existence in recorder records of a marriage license can be detrimental to the financial well being of widows whose husband had earned a substantial, or even sufficient, benefit for his widow to live on. In most cases the widow has certainly earned her benefit by her loyal assistance to her husband’s efforts. However in many, if not most, companies if the widow re-marries, the benefit is terminated. This being the case, many older people facing this situation either marry ONLY in their church, with private vows, or just move in together and live as a married couple. I am aware of some more compassionate clergy who will be happy to perform a marriage in these cases without a marriage license. This leaves no record in the courthouse that there is a marriage and the benefit can continue.

On another tack, the uproar going on in the courts and legislatures over “same-sex marriages” the demand for which is a total slap in the face of those of us who follow the GOD given style of marriage being between one man and one woman. If there were no government issued “marriage licenses” it would then be up to the churches to determine the terms of marriage.

Actually, marriage is a contract entered into by a couple and the word marriage, in my opinion, should not be applied to other than the union of one man and one woman. Others are certainly free to enter into legal contracts to suit their own circumstances and live accordingly. Certainly there are numerous other such “nuisance taxes” being imposed on citizens, many of which cost more to issue than the money collected.

Robert W. McDowell, Jr.

Broken Arrow OK


It is strange how some humans have the ability to tune some people out and not hear a word they are saying even though they may be standing next to them. One example most of us have witnessed, being in a room where a man, his wife and children are there together. The kids can be virtually climbing the walls and making enough noise to raise the dead and the parents seem to be totally oblivious to the racket. The parents fail to understand how nerve racking their children's antics is to the rest of the people in the room who don't have the ability to tune them out. The debate over the healthcare issue in this country shows how our elected leaders use the same tuning out policy as the parents of the unruly children.

Over the past several years the working people of this nation have spoken with a loud voice demanding that the Obamacare law be repealed and done away with. While there are some politicians who are listening, there are many others who have tuned out the people who have been hurt the most by this ill-conceived law. I do have to say that President Trump, who made the repeal issue a main part of his election campaign, is keeping his promise to get rid of it. I fully support his executive order to stop the subsidy payment to the insurance companies, but we must not forget that Obamacare is still the law of the land.

I have grown tired of the constant politicization of the issue by those who are clamming his action will hurt the poor. While I agree that all people should not be denied healthcare, we need to see what is happening to the middle class because of Obamacare. In a recent article Oklahoma's U.S. Senator James Lankford was quoted as saying, "The dirty secret of the Obamacare tax penalty is that about 81 percent of those paying the penalty in Oklahoma make $50,000 or less. So that's basically a tax on people in the lower middle class and those in poverty." He also went on to say that those folks can't afford health care and they can't afford the insurance, and so they're stuck with the penalty. That has to be fixed.

Many of the people falling into this group would have to spend all of their disposable income just for the overpriced policies of Obamacare, and a sad fact is the deductibles are often so high that the care they might need would not be covered anyway. In addition to paying for their care, they would also have to be paying high priced insurance premiums. What most of us are doing is paying the penalty because it is better than paying all of our money for premiums for insurance that is virtually nonexistent. We also avoid going to a healthcare professional because of the cost, usually we try to use over the counter medications and just tough it out.

For some strange reason many of our elected leaders have tuned out those of us in the middle. I have grown tired of their campaign promises to repeal this monstrosity, now that we have a president who will sign repeal they start taking backwater. There are three things that could help solve the problem, #1 get a hearing test, #2 get a hearing aide, #3 resign and get out, which would probably be the best solution.

Russell Turner

Stilwell, OK

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