Federal taxes: Preserve cuts, pursue reforms

Freedom Newspapers We’re heartened that President Bush is determined to reform the nation’s complicated and maddening tax code. Since the election, he has continued to tout such reforms, such as at his Nov. 4 victory press conference. We can only encourage such moves. We believe there are two actions he should pursue. The first is […]

Kerrys’ own tax records put his plan out of place

Freedom Editorial Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry enjoys low taxes — for his family. “According to the Kerrys’ own tax records … the couple had a combined income of $5.51 million last year and paid $704,227 in income taxes,” writes Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, on Oct. 17 at OpinionJournal.com. “That means […]

Senior service members use tax breaks

by Tom Philpott Congress has passed legislation to end a quirky reduction in tax breaks that hits lower-income military families when their service members are assigned to Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat areas. Relief from the tax break glitch was part of the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 approved Sept. 23 and sent […]

Clovis man found guilty of identity theft

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and […]

Income is determined by one’s ability

Walter Williams Last month, the U.S. Bureau of the Census reported its findings on income and poverty. Median real income remained constant between 2002 and 2003 at $43,000; the official poverty rate rose slightly from 12.1 percent to 12.5 percent for a total of 36 million Americans; poverty rates by race remained unchanged at 8 […]

Kerry’s tax plan may not be what he thinks it is

‘Hope is on the way,” promised Sen. John Edwards over and over in his vice presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. He meant, “Higher taxes are on the way.” After listing a number of proposed new government programs, he explained, “So now you ask how are we going to pay for this? […]

Raising minimum wage detrimental political battle

Freedom Editorial At least as often as every election cycle the effort to boost the minimum wage reappears on the scene. It’s a tactic particularly popular with Democrats as it makes them seem to care for the little guy and paints opponents as uncaring tools of big business. John Kerry recently set the stage for […]

Combat taxes clashing with income tax

Tom Philpott: Military Update An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 military members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan last year received combat-zone tax exclusions that had a surprising effect: They lowered family incomes. Some families saw a net loss in tax benefits of more than $4,000 because wartime tax exclusions disqualified them for more valuable tax breaks […]

Clovis Head Start moves to larger location

Reporter’s Notebook Clovis Head Start has moved to a larger location and is inviting Clovis residents to an open house on Wednesday. According to staff member Amanda Dawson, the new location at 901 Martin Luther King Blvd. will be able to serve 164 children, compared to 130 at the old facility on 1115 W. 2nd […]

Inflation forcing Americans into ‘rich’ tax category

Freedom Newspapers You could avoid getting a heavy tax gouging next year. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 333-89 for H.R. 4227, which would postpone by one year forcing 9 million more taxpayers to pay the alternative minimum tax. “The force of inflation is pushing more middle-income households into the alternative minimum tax […]

Conservative radical offers platform for office

By Thomas Sowell From time to time some kind readers suggest I run for public office, even for president. No need for those on the left to panic. It is not going to happen. Such suggestions, however, cause me to imagine what my platform would be if I were in politics. Since politicians like to […]

House must halt any middle class tax increases

Editorial Y ou could pay more federal taxes next year, because of legislation enacted by the U.S. Senate last week. The new rule would make it much more difficult for President Bush to extend three of his tax cuts that are set to expire this year: the phase-out of the so-called marriage penalty; raising the […]

Realistic taxation should be priority in Haiti restoration

Freedom Newspapers U.S., Canadian and French troops are occupying Haiti and helping establish a new, democratic government. We believe Haitians themselves need to do most of the work of reconstructing democracy and the economy. But U.S. involvement should have a clear purpose. Immediate remedies include establishing the rule of law and guaranteeing political and other […]

Soutwestern governors can help Mexican economy

Freedom Newspapers To grow and create jobs, business needs government to be reasonable. Gov. Bill Richardson and other governors in the Southwestern United States can help our neighbors in Mexico understand that concept when they attend the Border Governors Conference scheduled Aug. 9-10 in Santa Fe. The conference involves the governors of the states on […]

Poverty an exaggerated concept in U.S.

Walter Williams It might have been Ross Perot who first used the expression that America is turning into a nation of “hamburger flippers,” in reference to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs replaced by low-pay service sector jobs. Here’s my question: If millions of high-paying jobs are leaving the country only to be replaced […]

Single mom struggling with disability, lack of income

By Eric Butler By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT She’s only been a resident of the area for a couple of months, and doesn’t know a lot of people. She also has three children to care for and only limited income from child-support payments while she tries to find a job. Still, Ginny (not her real […]

Business Briefs 10/14

Watrin named new president Elizabeth A. “Liz” Watrin was recently appointed as president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. Earlier this month, Watrin and other Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico representatives met with key brokers, providers and community leaders in Clovis, discussing healthcare cost initiatives and significant legislative trends in the […]

Amendment 2 will fail education future

By Brett D. Johnson Tuesday could be one of the most important days in New Mexico’s future. The reason: The people of this state will have a chance to give our education system a needed cash injection — paid for by our children, grandchildren and future generations. The Permanent School Fund is derived from income […]

Third person believed involved in scheme

By Mike Linn Special agents are exploring the possibility that a third person was involved in a scheme to steal funds meant for low-income Portales residents. On Friday, two employees of the Portales Income Support Division were arrested attempting to withdraw money from a fraudulent account at an ATM machine on Eastern New Mexico University’s […]