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 […]