High court should repeal Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the administration’s massive overhaul of the nation’s health system. Arguments will be heard in March, with a ruling in June in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign. The court has set aside an extraordinary five and a half […]

Defense leaders laud repeal, return of ‘equality’

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The official end today of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law reflects the American values that military members uphold, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today. “Thanks to this change, I believe we move closer to achieving the goal at […]

Editorial: Obamacare repeal should be implemented

It’s in the nation’s interest that the Obamacare battle be decided quickly. Either the courts, Congress or the states must undo the health care overhaul’s over-reaching excesses. The sooner accomplished, the sooner governments at all levels can reverse the trend of increasing state control and allow health care consumers, providers and insurers to voluntarily work […]

Health care repeal good place to begin

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday was curious, with him shifting from a partial understanding of what he finally acknowledged was a “shellacking” of his party to extended answers couched in theory and speculation that sounded for all the world as if the midterm elections had not happened. When you get hit […]

Udall Supports Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation introduced by Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman to repeal the ban on openly gay service members in the military. “For almost two decades, ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has placed an unjust burden on qualified service members who are forced to hide who […]

Death penalty repeal has favorable callers

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People who have contacted the New Mexico Governor’s Office about the death penalty since Friday have supported repealing capital punishment by better than a 3-to-1 margin, according to a statement from the governor’s office on Tuesday. Gov. Bill Richardson has until midnight today to act on a […]

Senate votes to repeal death penalty

The Associated Press SANTA FE – The New Mexico Legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state Senate voted 24-18 on Friday for the repeal bill, sending it to Gov. Bill Richardson for his signature. Richardson has opposed […]

Widows ineligible for dual benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist By a 94-to-2 vote, the Senate for a fourth straight year has agreed to repeal a law that bans “concurrent receipt” for military surviving spouses. The intent is to end reduced annuities under the military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) when a surviving spouse opts to draw Dependency and Indemnity Compensation […]

Gas tax repeal good first step for New Mexico

By Ned Cantwell About every third day some well-intentioned soul sends me an e-mail forward, the intent of which is to suggest I should be thankful it costs only $67.87 to fill up my small pickup. Well, I am not grateful, so stick that in your tank. The idea, I think, is to remind me […]

Estate tax burden that should be fully repealed

Freedom Newspapers Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning […]

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 […]

Richardson proposes minimum-wage increase, bed-tax repeal

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday called on lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum hourly wage to $7.50 over three years and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. The proposals were highlights of his state of the state speech at the opening of the Legislature’s 30-day session. Richardson outlined […]

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 […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

Race issue in California is irrelevant

Tibor Machan I don’t know what goes through the mind of someone like California Senate leader John Burton when he makes the kind of charge he made the other day, namely that the effort to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses was fueled by racism. “I say the issue is […]

Religion Digest

Sandia Baptist choir presents musical The adult choir of Sandia Baptist Church, 1100 W. Manana Blvd., will present the musical, “Bound for Glory,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The musical is directed by Michael Hailey, and the drama directed by Sandy Williams. Solos will be performed by Sarah Stevens, Robin Evans, Joyce Pruitt, T.J. Watson and […]

Congress should repeal unclear federal RAVE act

Remember the federal RAVE Act, which was controversial when introduced last fall, then added to the popular Amber Alert bill without hearings? It was designed to crack down on promoters of all-night music parties at which, according to drug enforcement authorities, young people like to use the drug MDMA, or “ecstasy.” Critics claimed the RAVE […]