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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Buzz needs to start somewhere

    Creating excitement — or “buzz” in marketing lingo — about products or services is a matter of survival in a competitive market — especially when most consumers are spending only on essentials until the economy shows signs of recovery and stability.

    Buzz describes the positive word-of-mouth marketing or hype among consumers that often precedes the release of a much-anticipated product. Real-time, portable communications technology facilitates the building of buzz by allowing rapid exchanges of information among large numbers of people.

  • Compare our property tax rates with Santa Fe

    Dear Editor,

    You can find data on the latest property tax rates at www.tax.state.nm.us/pubs/TaxreseStat/losalamos07.pdf for Los Alamos and Santa Fe. You will note that municipal rates in Santa Fe are 1.026 mills (residential) and 1.945 (non-residential). In Los Alamos the municipal rates are 3.315 mills (residential) and 4.246 (non-residential). In other words Los Alamos municipal property tax rates are nearly triple the same rates in Santa Fe!

  • A chance to get Trinity right

    Dear Editor,

    I urge all citizens to consider the future of Trinity Drive, a major artery through our town whose function and use is currently being assessed. I wish to offer my thanks to the citizens’ committee, LA Walks and to the County of Los Alamos Traffic Engineering staff for hosting the two recent forums considering the future of Trinity Drive. I found them quite informative and I was pleased to see that over 100 citizens of Los Alamos County attended the last forum.

  • Elegy for Grothus

    Dear Editor,

    Ed is gone and the joke’s on us; the penultimate black hole is the lab.

    Kay Harper

    Los Alamos