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Today's Opinions

  • FRIED LIGHT: Valles Caldera needs better supervision

  • Council Corner: County should offset property tax hike

  • OUR VIEW: Many newspapers are down but not out

    Before we get back to your calls, we just want to say that our goal for this editorial is 20 bucks. One measly Andrew Jackson, a couple of teensy weensy pledges and we’ll resume our regular editorializing.

    I hear the phone ringing already. But before we go to the phones, I want to remind you…

    The good news about the current national obsession with the declining fortunes of newspapers is that nobody has suggested a PBS-style fundraising campaign as a solution.

  • But I digress...There has to be a better solution

    There are some pretty despicable people out there in this world. The unspeakable atrocities done by some can sicken the strongest among us and bring to a boil even the most forgiving disposition.

    Sadly, our country is not immune to such vile behavior. The United States has always enjoyed being a leader in the world and violent crime has never been an exception to the many lists in which we find ourselves competing for first place.

  • Home market depends on the locale

    “All real estate is local.” You’ve probably heard that somewhere – TV advertising, someone’s comment. But what does it mean? And, why should you care?

    On a simplistic level, it suggests you can’t determine market value of a home in one neighborhood simply by comparing it to similarly sized and featured homes in any other neighborhood, in any other community. One size – read price — does not fit all.

  • Gross Receipts Tax gets service providers twice

    Dear Editor,

    New Mexico is one of only eight states that charges a gross receipts tax, which would include services. All other states charge a sales tax on product only, with services being taxed as income; in the case of a sole proprietor, this is considered personal income.

    I lived, worked and did business in California for 22 years, during which time performance and teaching income was taxed as personal income, and any CD albums or books that I sold was subject to sales tax.

  • Pope’s condom statements taken out of context

    Dear Editor,

  • State’s solar trumps Arizona’s

    SANTA FE — Although barely noticed by the media, renewable energy supporters feel very good about the legislative session just completed. One solar energy spokesman even announced, “We’re pleased about everything that happened.”

    He had a point. The solar industry received favored treatment by lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson. Backers of some other renewable energy sources weren’t happy that solar power received so much of the attention and they received so little.