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 […]

Officials: Collecting livestock taxes long-standing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Barbara Hamar of the Curry County Tax Assessor’s Office flips through the file of declared livestock in the county. Aside from commercial cattle operations, very few people declare their horses, cattle and small livestock as they are required to by law. Liliana Castillo Only a small percentage of livestock in […]

Letters to the editor: Other ways to fund Ute project

Other ways to fund Ute project We hope you read the ad in Clovis News Journal on April 10 newspaper by the High Plains Patriots about the proposed gross receipts tax increase. Read the facts for yourself. There is definitely a way to pay for the Ute water project without raising taxes again. City commissioner […]

Obama exploits emotion to sell tax increase

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to raise taxes on the rich, pitching it as a way to reduce the deficit while protecting programs that help children, the elderly and the most sympathetic members of society. He said opponents would oppose tax increases for the rich as an “article of faith,” and a […]

Letter to the editor: Citizens right to be leery of tax

Citizens right to be leery of tax Clovis citizens are very cognizant of the fact that water is the lifeblood of our community. At a March 6, 2003, commission meeting, Mayor David Lansford proposed a gross receipts tax increase that would designate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Ute Water Project and 50 percent […]

Taxes wasted on phone service

Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that experience this week, and like […]

Year in review: Jail bonds overwhelmingly voted down

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File photo Two bond issues aimed at raising taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse were defeated by voters Nov. 2. CNJ staff Curry County commissioners are working with two citizen panels to develop solutions to problems at the jail and security issues at the courthouse. The panels are a direct result of […]

Congressional candidates spar over taxes, immigration

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sam Donaldson, left, moderates Saturday’s 3rd Congressional District debate from the studios of KENW at Eastern New Mexico University between Tom Mullins, center, and incumbent Ben Ray Lujan. Kevin Wilson Under the heat of lights from the television studios of KENW, Ben Ray Lujan and challenger Tom Mullins put heat […]

Extending tax cuts for all best course of action

Freedom Newspapers What came over U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio? The House minority leader suggested a compromise with Democrats on taxes. Within a matter of seconds, it seemed, the knives were out. His own party ripped him, and the White House fell back on that tired political clich

Tax increase for courthouse sent to voters

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Monday to let voters decide if taxes will be raised to pay for a new courthouse and renovations to the existing historic courthouse on Main Street. CNJ staff Voters will be asked to decide in November if Curry County will raise taxes to get a new […]

Easing taxes on corporations benefits economy

As the U.S. economy pops its nose up out of the whirlpool of recession, every effort should be made to keep from going back under, for a “double dip” recession. A major area of action should be the high tax rates paid by U.S. corporations. Although corporations are attacked for having “excess” profits, every dollar […]

Taxes not cover charge for Democracy

Freedom New Mexico Imagine opening your newspaper or Web browser and seeing the following headline: “Supreme Court declares income tax unconstitutional.” It probably seems farfetched, but America’s court of last resort dropped this very bombshell in 1895. The legal battle represents just one chapter in the story of the federal income tax, which began in […]

After taxes, little money left to save

Freedom New Mexico America Saves Week passed a couple of weeks ago. It was intended to raise awareness of the importance of putting a little money away for emergencies. The week went by with little notice, and it’s not surprising. Few people are saving money, and most say they aren’t able to. January’s personal savings […]

Business column: Taxes can be complicated for self-employed

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Who is an independent contractor? According to the Internal Revenue Service, they are people who have an independent trade, business or profession in which their services are offered to the public and they perform a job in which they determine how the task is accomplished is an independent contractor. Money […]

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 […]

Municipal candidates hold similar views

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Commission hopeful Dan Stoddard listens as his opponent Furgus Tunnell addresses the issue of blighted properties during a Wednesday candidate forum hosted by the Board of Realtors. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer No new taxes, planning for growth, a need to clean up Clovis and Portales, and […]

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 […]