Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

Small Texas schools bracing for education cuts

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Liliana Castillo With a $27 billion shortfall expected in Texas’ budget for the next two years, educators in the Lone Star State are just waiting on the final word on how deep the cuts will be. Gene Sheets, Muleshoe Independent School District superintendent and president of the Texas Association of Rural Schools, said educators are […]

Ramadan time for deepening Muslim faith

Freedom New Mexico More than 1 billion Muslims around the world have begun the observance of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It is believed that during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the Angel Gabriel began delivering the Quran, which was later transcribed into writing, to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan observant Muslims […]

Catholic Church should revert to its teachings

Freedom New Mexico The best public relations campaigns are based in selfless compassion, truth and transparency. As a human organization with more than 1 billion members, the Catholic Church has an abundance of internal scandals in need of good PR. Pedophiles and pederasts have joined the priesthood and abused children, just as predators have become […]

Opinions mixed on new student loan law

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Nicole Johnson of Clovis, a student at Clovis Community College, plans on going into the nursing program and will be using student aid and financial assistance to help her through school. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A new law was signed Tuesday gives students a break with more money […]

Loaning tax dollars to fund reactors risky

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has announced that the government will offer an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help Atlanta-based Southern Co., one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States, build two more nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. The guarantee would cover about 70 percent of the […]

DoD pulls plug on records system

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist After spending $1 billion and 12 years of effort, Defense officials have pulled the plug on a hapless plan to bring the four military branches under a single, modern payroll and personnel records system. “This program has been a disaster,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the […]

Bank fees will trickle down to consumers

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama is said to be considering a special tax (or fee or levy, as some might prefer to disguise it) on financial institutions, though the calculated leaks from the White House suggest the details are still up for grabs. Before he gets much farther it would be a good idea […]

Fed’s claim of job creation poor wording

Freedom New Mexico Washington claims 640,000 to 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. With only about 15 percent of the money spent so far by those intended to receive it, at this rate America might implausibly end up with more new jobs than available workers. Has […]

Military Update: Disabled retiree money lacking

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]