Government taking consumer protection too far

By Freedom Newspapers All Americans are morons and dupes: How can they possibly survive without the beneficent people in government, and the many “protections” afforded them by the regulatory superstate, helping them through this dangerous labyrinth called life? Hyperbole? Perhaps. But this seems to be the mindset behind the relentless push to draw the government […]

Child welfare ratings lagging

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press o Study shows N.M. ranks 48th out of 50 when it comes to well-being of children. By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s child death rate has increased 45 percent over a three-year period, but New Mexico Voices for Children says that’s not as bad as […]

Bill to encourage savings shouldn’t use tax money

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that could create incentives, using some tax dollars, to spur savings for low-income families. House Bill 112 would appropriate $2 million to pay for a matching-fund mechanism. The bill remained in committee Tuesday. It should die there if the wording continues to allow any use of […]

Encourage legislators to encourage savings

By Fred Nathan: Guest columnist The national savings rate is at its lowest point since the Great Depression, according to a report issued recently by the Commerce Department. Last year, Americans’ personal savings actually fell into negative territory (at minus 0.5 percent) for the first time since 1933. With fewer and fewer companies providing pensions, […]

Bill to speed up tax cuts shelved

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 favoring military combatants

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 […]

Nation’s poor better off than thought

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Despite claims that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, poverty is nowhere near the problem it was yesteryear — at least for those who want to work. Talk about the poor getting poorer tugs at the hearts of decent people and squares nicely with the agenda of […]

Heating costs forcing some seniors to look at alternatives

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Richard Jamieson holds up his homemade storm window Saturday at his home north of Clovis. The storm window, which is piece of insulation with tape, is used to keep out the cold and lower heating costs. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A wood stove and closed doors. These are the […]

Senior department holding meeting

CNJ staff The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department will be holding a series of educational meetings throughout the state to discuss the new Medicare prescription drug plans. Representatives will conduct a Clovis meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Friendship Senior Center located at 901 West 13th. The meeting is free and open […]

Death tax unfair burden on family farms, businesses

Freedom Newspapers A new study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released July 6 offers more reasons for getting rid of the federal estate tax, which is sometimes called the “death tax.” It’s the tax imposed on the estate of a person after death. The tax rate was as high as 55 percent of the […]

Dependency not solution to poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist William Beach has just written a report for the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation titled “The 2005 Index of Dependency.” Between 1962 and today, American dependence on government has more than doubled and shows little sign of abatement. The growth areas of dependency examined in the report are: welfare and medical […]

Full repeal of death tax needs Bush’s support

Freedom Newspapers President Bush hasn’t had much luck with his plans for Social Security private accounts and guest worker program for immigration. But it appears action on another front, reducing or eliminating the estate tax, is in the offing, and that’s good. The estate tax, sometimes called the death tax, is paid by an estate […]

Care should be in hands of retirees

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist How many times have we heard advertisements from law firms that specialize in elder law urging, “If you anticipate that you may have to enter a nursing home down the road, an elder care attorney may be able to help you create a plan that will both protect much of […]

AARP: Private accounts not viable solution

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant Social Security needs to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed revenues. Their message to Portales residents during a seminar Tuesday was that private investment accounts […]

Consumption tax would mean relief

By Mona Charen “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” — Will Rogers A 2003 survey by Bankrate.com asked Americans whether they ever cheated on their taxes. Eighty-seven percent said, rather huffily, certainly not! But 13 percent said (I paraphrase), whaddya mean cheat? Well, now, 13 percent […]

Limiting taxes, government helps free society

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent […]

Reporter’s notebook: Tax-Aide volunteers honored

Lucinda Bonney, program director for the Curry County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, strives to personalize the group’s annual banquet by recognizing a different branch of the 157-member organization. This year, Bonney said, the AARP-Tax Aide volunteers stood out. “It really hit me — they have a real impact on our communities. I never realized […]

Views of Social Security wildly different

By Steve Chapman Listening to liberals and conservatives bicker about Social Security is like hearing someone talk about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Their perceptions are so different that it’s hard to remember they are both talking about the same thing. Liberals see it as a sacred social welfare program that shields the elderly and […]

Higher minimum wage could harm rather than help

Freedom Newspapers We hope those who continually agitate for a higher minimum wage don’t try to make too much of a Dec. 20 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The coalition noted that a minimum-wage earner can afford a single bedroom apartment in only four of the nation’s 3,006 counties. At first glance, […]

Housing authority has evolved: Q&A

Jim Wilkerson, 64, executive director of the Clovis Housing Authority, is retiring after 23 years. He has been working there since he retired from the Air Force. His office is located on the same property as Grand Avenue Homes at 2101 W. Grand Ave. Q: Have you seen changes in the housing authority, they way […]