Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police […]

Taxes don’t cover religious greetings

It’s time to celebrate those time-honored traditions. Chestnuts on an open fire. The second glass of eggnog that makes you never want to touch the stuff again. And fighting to make the government spend money on your personal beliefs. Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh made a big splash when he was elected, riding in on a […]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

With poverty rising, don’t use wrong solutions

Freedom New Mexico Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains […]

Raising taxes only hurts consumers

The nation’s high rate of unemployment has spawned a dangerously bad idea: that higher taxes on oil and natural gas companies would reduce the federal deficit and pave the way for clean energy and job creation. Neither Congress nor the people of this nation should fall prey to President Obama’s plan to hike oil-industry taxes […]

Attack on corn unfair

In the last few years we have watched an increasing attack on corn. The skewed reasoning is: Corn syrup is available, reasonably priced, and good for the average person, therefore; it must be bad! This is the kind of logic that has been applied to farmed salmon, Big Macs, lower taxes, capitalism and pasteurized milk. […]

Their view: Taxes necessary to maintain public services

Taxes necessary to maintain public services I can sympathize with Kent McManigal’s anti-government stance in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune, but in the case of the Hotel Clovis there was no other entity that could keep the structure from continued deterioration. Prospective owners, especially those who envision public housing or a nonprofit use for the facility are […]

Congressional candidates talk immigration, taxes

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Under the heat of lights from the television studios of KENW, Ben Ray Lujan and challenger Tom Mullins put heat on each other Eastern New Mexico University’s Broadcast Center was the site of Saturday night’s debate for the future of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Incumbent Lujan, a Democrat, is being challenged by Farmington Republican […]

My Turn: Certainties in life are few

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. Let’s not forget tax increases as well. Let’s also add rising gas prices to the list, especially with the upcoming summer driving season. Death and taxes. Such heartwarming subjects. Did I mention Thursday is tax deadline day? That means no excuses […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Death and taxes, and a Melrose family tradition

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Of all things inevitable — death and taxes — some local help with at least one issue. It’s our video of the day. Family tradition Melrose senior Clint Barnard is going to join his older brother, Call, playing football at New […]

Tax time tips offered

By Myra Barnum: Cannon Tax Office manager Doing taxes is not everyone’s favorite pastime; however, the more you know, the better prepared you will be to handle this unpleasant task. The Cannon Tax Office is going to be providing free services again this year. We want to provide you with some tips to help you […]

Tobacco taxes take massive hike

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Federal taxes get a whopping increase on cigarettes today to help fund a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.The bill was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama. And while it expands health insurance to more uninsured children,

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Superintendent: Taxes won’t go up because of new school

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Feb. 12, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 37 Vehicle taxes: A bill (HB649) sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, would increase the state’s motor vehicle excise tax from 3 to 4 percent. Raising the tax by 1 percent is expected to create $40 million in revenue in the 2010 fiscal year. Most of the money, 60 percent, would […]

Property taxes going up in county

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents will see a 3 mill increase on their 2008 property taxes. Other Roosevelt County residents will see a rate increase of 1 to 2 mills. Taxes on a $50,000 home will jump from $408 to $456, according to Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Assessor Royene Tivis. A mill […]

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

1-13-08 Letter to the Editor

Making sanctuary ultimately illegal What if the citizens of Portales considered a few factors before following Geni Flores’ proposal to become a sanctuary city (Letter to the editor, Jan. 6 PNT): 1) Would open-border and free-immigration advocates like to equate sanctuary activities to the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad and civil rights? Nothing could be more […]

Wilson makes campaign stop in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson made her first campaign stops in eastern New Mexico on Monday with “listening sessions” in Portales and Tucumcari. “I’m used to running tough races,” said Wilson, while introducing herself to the crowd and referring to her close races for Congress. She said after […]

Internet tax would only slow progress

Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding frenzy […]