2-17-08 Local Briefs

MS group to meet An area Multiple Sclerosis self-help group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Caduceus Room at Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 N. Martin Luther King, Clovis. Dr. Oswald Graham is the guest speaker and will be addressing nutrition. Information: Panhandle Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 806-468-7500 or [...]

Democratic presidential candidate profiles

Editor’s note: The following profiles of presidential candidates are intended to help voters decide whether individual freedom will advance or retreat if the candidate is elected. Hillary Clinton A Hillary Clinton presidency poses substantive threats to individual freedom. Her statist approach would injuriously intrude into nearly every aspect of life. Clinton would have the government [...]

Alternative minimum tax should be repealed

Editorial According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as next year [...]

Governor’s tax proposal pleases local residents

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some area residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and retirees [...]

Portales ranks 15th in quality-of-life study

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful [...]

Beware what passes through the mailbox

Helena Rodriquez How stupid do they think I am? That’s what I ask myself when I get these annoying $5 or $10 checks in the mail from credit card companies, when I get e-mails saying I’ve won dinners at restaurants or gift certificates from department stores. And then there’s the e-mail I got this week [...]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the [...]

Tax laws favor military members

By Tom Philpott: Military Update If tax laws mirror a nation’s values, then America clearly values its military personnel, and more so today than a few years ago. Combat-zone tax exclusions, combined with changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits, have reduced or even wiped out the tax liability of [...]

RGH to ask for $1.1 million intensive care unit

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the start of the 2006 legislative session and hospital officials want a portion of the excess amount of capital outlay revenue for an intensive care unit. Monday was the first day of the 30-day session, which with the help of oil and gas revenues, has created the largest surplus in [...]

Seniors have means of getting help

By Marlena Hartz A wood stove and closed doors. These are the ways one aging couple will fight the chill of winter. Richard and Marie Jamieson try to cut costs any way they can. When a cold front lingers, they fire up the woodstove they bought last year, instead of turning on the propane. They [...]