White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to […]

Developer works in specialized field

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Sharna Johnson The developer eyeing Hotel Clovis as a potential housing community is part of a specialized breed who do business by merging the dollars of private investors with those belonging to taxpayers. Navigating the system of obtaining tax credits for housing projects that are then sold for investments is a niche Stephen Crozier, chief […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t foot hotel bill

I think it is noble to want to save Hotel Clovis from decay or destruction. Personally, I love to see historic buildings preserved and put back to use. I’m somewhat less enthusiastic over the plan to use it for subsidized housing. If you own the building, I think it is yours to use as you […]

City going to taxpayers too often

The Clovis City Commission is attempting to implement yet another increase to the gross receipts tax to fund the city’s portion of the Ute Water Project. This project will bring much needed water to Clovis and surrounding communities. We have been aware of the need and the costs attached for several years. In 2004, the […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t fund private pensions

Freedom New Mexico For years another potential multibillion fiscal catastrophe has been brewing, obscured by higher-profile storms created by taxpayer bailouts of Detroit and Wall Street and the looming crash of underfunded public employee pension plans. For the first time, taxpayers may become responsible for the nongovernmental pension liabilities of union collective bargaining contracts in […]

Arizona law harms state’s legal taxpayers

In Mexico they call it “la ley del odio” — the law of hate. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon had publicly condemned the act and Mexican border governors had said they would boycott a planned conference before it was moved from Arizona to New Mexico. To many people, Arizona’s anti-immigration law that went into effect last […]

Analysis: Not all of Legislature’s time spent productively

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a […]

Bipartisanship comes at cost to taxpayers

Freedom New Mexico After his State of the Union address, we expected environmental groups to protest President Barack Obama’s declaration to advance nuclear power. We’re pleased the outrage already spans the political spectrum, with many stops in between. Add us to the complainers. The new federal budget proposes to triple loan guarantees for new nuclear […]

Taxpayers footing bill for vacations

Freedom New Mexico It’s bad enough when they pass laws to tell you how to live your life. It’s worse when they tax you to make it harder to live your life. But when the members of Congress run up a tab at your expense for their global, jet-setting junkets on top of it all, […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

Congress eager to pass pocket knife proposal

Freedom New Mexico Fiscal conservatives are always on the lookout for government putting its hands into the pockets of taxpayers. In a new twist to that worry, a federal agency is set to boldly reach into the pockets of millions of Americans and extract their … folding knives. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency […]

Letters to the editor: Energy bill disaster for taxpayers

While the mainstream press is focusing our attention on waterboarding and enhanced interrogation, be aware that cap and trade legislation may come up for a vote shortly.

Area taxpayers filing earlier this year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks 2008 Tax forms at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Tuesday, the day before tax day. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico correspondent To tax-filing procrastinators, Lloyd Harrison says “haste makes waste.” These are words of warning from Harrison, a Portales tax preparer with Anchor Accounting. He advises folks to begin early […]

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war.

Jan. 29 Letters to the Editor

Money wasted on big businesses Our government wants to spend $825 billion in taxpayers’ money to “jump start” our lagging economy. I could fill three pages of this paper with stuff I have learned recently about this “bailout, jump start, job creating” plan our Congress and President Obama are trying to force down our collective […]

Editorial: Taxpayers have right to know jail findings

Freedom New Mexico Reading the Security Risk Assessment report of the Curry County Adult Detention Center, it is evident why some county officials were reluctant to release it. The findings are damning and hint, at best, at incompetence. How could elected and appointed officials have allowed such a shoddy jail to be built back in […]

Don’t forget the taxpayers

While most of the money needed to build and operate a proposed racetrack and casino in Tucumcari will come from private investors, Quay County taxpayers have not been forgotten.

Mandated biofuel production will drain resources

By Freedom New Mexico It is difficult to overestimate the sheer wrongheadedness of the energy bill Congress passed and the president signed Wednesday. Even if it were a good idea for government to mandate what kind of energy should be used and how, this bill includes obvious missteps and mistakes that will cost taxpayers and […]

Delaying vote on vocational issue wise choice

Like most area taxpayers, we’re not sure if Clovis needs a $12.5 million vocational institute for high school students. We do agree with Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm that voters need more information before they’re asked to make that decision. Seidenwurm has talked about needing a vocational school since her June 2005 arrival in […]