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Columns

  • Standing up for Luján

     It appears that there are some misleading statements in the ViewPoint article the Los Alamos Monitor published Sunday, March 11. Mr. Newton states that Congressman Ben Ray Luján  “has chosen the narrow partisan interest of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico.”
     If Mr. Newton had done his research he would have seen that Congressman Lujan did not support the Budget Reduction Act that the Tea Party group fiercely fought for in Congress.
    The Tea Party’s demand was for drastic cuts to government spending all across the country that would immediately eliminate jobs wherever there was a cut in funding. That some of these cuts should affect Los Alamos, although tragic, is no surprise.

  • Protecting the LANL workers

    Rick Newton, Taos Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in District 3, blasted his opponent, Ben Ray Lujan, this week for endangering our national security and for his uncaring attitude toward the nearly 800 people losing their jobs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  
    Rick Newton ripped the incumbent, Ben Ray Lujan, saying “Once again, Lujan has chosen the narrow partisan interests of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico.” Lujan actually said “LANL is not immune from these cuts in the President’s budget”, as though they were only trimming a little fat out of the Obama administration’s bloated Government.

  • More about logrolling

    The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the “search for county attorney commences.” The candidate must, according to the first item on their list of qualifications, provide advice and counsel on topics that include development and interpretation of county ordinances and policies.
     In the county council meeting of Feb. 28, county attorney Brian James likened logrolling to fraud and said that his office would never recommend putting a logrolling ballot proposal before the voters, and this was so reported in the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Maximizing the value of business

    Many business owners dream of selling their business at a price that will pay them in retirement what they earned while working. The ones who achieve this goal start planning and preparing well before retirement by saving a portion of personal income from the business in retirement accounts and diverse investments and by managing the business so it’s offered for sale at the peak of its success.
    Not everyone needs to earn the same amount of money in retirement as he did while working, but many business owners hope to get as much money as possible for their business so they can invest in other income-generating instruments. That requires the business to be valued as high as possible.

  • Incentives help competitiveness

    The recent talk of taxes in these columns has been an introduction to reviewing a study of what New Mexico’s taxes do to new investment.

    Driven initially by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who recruited all sorts of help, the study is “New Mexico Business Tax Competitiveness and Simulations of Selected Tax Policy Changes.” Find it at the New Mexico Tax Research Institute, www.nmtri.org. The Ernst & Young accounting and consulting firm did the work.

  • Sometimes it's all about drama

    I have a daughter. Boy, do I have a daughter! I had three boys first and then a daughter.  She is not easy. There is drama in everything. I mean everything.  She is strong-willed, stubborn and demanding.  I call her the Demon Princess.  Don’t get me wrong. I love my daughter.  I really do, but there are days I am ready to sell her on EBay.   

  • State has scant influence in race

    As these lines are written, Super Tuesday is behind us  and the votes are still being counted in the 10 states where March 6 was primary election day.
    For New Mexico Democrats, secure in the knowledge that President Obama will again be their standard bearer in the November election, Super Tuesday was at best a spectator sport.
    For New Mexico Republicans, on the other hand, Super Tuesday was) yet another instance of having to stand by voiceless as voters in other states decided who their presidential nominee will likely be during the Fall campaign.

  • State benefits from protecting public lands

    With its proximity to Bandelier National Monument, the great potential of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Jemez National Recreation Area, and adjacent National Forest lands, the opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism in Los Alamos are unparalleled.

  • Sadness can turn to depression

    As the warmth of Christmas becomes a much too distant memory, and the thaw of Spring hasn’t poked out from the bushes yet, its often a time when a heavy shouldered sadness rears its ugly head.
    For sun lovers like me, a grey blanket of cloud can really get me down. Whether it’s the glow of the sun on the landscape, the warming rays on my face, or fake sun emanating from a light box, there’s nothing like brightness to lift the spirits. So, when I’m deprived of it for weeks on end, I’m one of the first people to get S.A.D., or seasonally affective disorder.

  • Tax system is an absolute mess

    Legislators are generous in passing tax incentives to bring new companies and jobs to the state. And that’s the problem. They have to be.
    “If you’re in business in New Mexico and you’re paying taxes, come to the Legislature and get a tax credit,” said Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, during a debate on one particular credit. “Pretty soon nobody will be paying taxes.”
    Said Sen. Steve Neville, R-Aztec, “If we don’t offer the tax credit, pretty soon we’ll have no businesses.”
    Pass another credit, problem solved. But not really.