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County Raises Gross Receipts Tax—An Alleged Surprise to Some Residents

 

Editorial by Mary Alice Murphy

The ordinance was not a surprise to this reporter.

I guess the first lesson in whether you knew about this issue or not is whether you pay attention to the local news in the local news outlets, print or online, all of which reported and/or posted a notice and agenda of the upcoming meeting.

Yes, I knew about the plan to raise gross receipts tax. I attend the Grant County Commission work sessions and regular sessions, with only a few missed throughout the year. And I try to catch up on those. Last month, the commissioners approved a notice of intent to pass the 3/8 gross receipts tax.

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Facts Are Necessary in Border Humanitarian Crisis

By Congressman Steve Pearce, (NM-02)

Washington, DC (July 11, 2014) For the past few months, our nation has been shocked by the tens of thousands of Central American women and children flooding across-- Continue reading

More taxpayer dollars for green energy?

Commentary by Marita Noon

There is an intentional tension in Washington. Our founding fathers planned that opposing views would balance each other out—a push-pull takes place. Spend. Don't spend.

This-- Continue reading

Nobody is restricting access to birth control

By Lauren Briggs

Within moments of the Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case, my Facebook page lit up with exclamations of glee, anger, victory and outrage. The rhetoric was so high from all-- Continue reading

NMDA wishes America Happy Birthday

"It will not be doubted that with reference either to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance." – President George Washington

The Fourth of July, a day to celebrate the bi-- Continue reading

Rx for New Mexico's Children

A Prescription for Success

As a physician, I know that when you have a cure for an ailment, you use it. You don't waste time, because you know that delay only makes the condition worse. New Mexico has-- Continue reading

Overreaching federal government makes strong men weak

Commentary by Marita Noon

I saw tears in the eyes of ranchers. These were tough men; men who could scrape a good living out of the rock and tumbleweeds in the harsh New Mexico deserts. But when asked-- Continue reading

Climate change: less of a scientific agenda and more of a political agenda

Commentary by Marita Noon

Those who don't believe in climate change are "a threat to the future," says the Washington Post in a June 14 article on President Obama's commencement address for the Univers-- Continue reading

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