Monday morning briefing: Spring break, farm values and closing The Rock

Good morning and happy spring. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spring break Sunday marked the first day of spring. Today marks the start of a week-long spring break for students at Eastern New Mexico University. Alas, university staff must continue to report to work. Quirky quote of the day “How would we measure […]

Feed prices on upswing

Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those who keep companion animals. Feed prices are driven by market values for agricultural products such as corn and grains. In the last 12 months, those commodity […]

County could see property tax increases

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt County property owners are facing an increase in property values for 2010, which could mean an increase in tax payments. For property the state Taxation and Revenue Department determined to be undervalued, rates are to increase 3 percent a year for residential property and 20 percent a […]

Fixes proposed for contentious property tax law

By Phaedra Haywood: Santa Fe New Mexican What to do about “tax lightning” will be debated during the state Legislature’s upcoming session. Lawmakers, who convene Tuesday for a 30-day session, will consider various ways to fix a New Mexico property tax law that can cause a dramatic increase in a home’s taxable value when it […]

Left not true to values it embraces

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I recently decided to check out “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, given that it is a popular left-of-center offering totally devoted to Barack Obama and virulently contemptuous of the American Right. Sure enough one segment featured a stream of clips and stills of various Right wing luminaries, […]

We don’t endorse candidates — we just critique them

Freedom Communications newspapers, which include this one, do not endorse political candidates. The practice dates to the company’s founder, R.C. Hoiles, who developed a political philosophy of small “L” libertarianism that advocates limited government, respect for the individual, free markets, free trade and property rights. Hoiles fearlessly criticized powerful institutions and practices that many take […]

Rural N.M. values are conservative

By Allen Weh: Guest Columnist At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, […]