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  • Think New Mexico - Re-imposing the food tax doesn’t add up

    By Fred Nathan

    The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.

    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one sector. Meanwhile most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.

  • Another Perspective - Tips on finding the right school for your child

    By Andrew R. Campanella

    If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

    As New Mexico commemorated National School Choice Week this week at 85 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 30, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., on Republican control of Congress (Jan. 25):

    President Barack Obama laid out a broad agenda in his State of the Union address last week, focusing on the ways to help put the middle class back on track. Republicans who now control the House and Senate promptly went to work on brand promotion.
    We had hoped for better.

  • WLV honors fall, winter athletes

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School has honored several student-athletes for their recent performances in the classroom and on the competitive front.

    Jorge Gallardo and Jenika Padilla have been selected as West Las Vegas High School Student-Athletes of the Month for October.

    Padilla, a sophomore who has participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field, is a 4.05 student who plans on majoring in business or pre-med science after graduation.

  • Wonderland - Sipapu reaps benefit from storm

    Submitted to the Optic

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort unveiled the largest terrain park in resort history this month, and mountain officials opened the park just in time for the 7.5 inches of snow that blanketed the ski area Jan. 21.

    Located on the intermediate trail Don Diego, the new park includes 11 big features, including a 38-foot tabletop gap jump, a 20-foot A-frame box (which includes a three-piece feature — otherwise known as a dragon tongue — made up of two urban take-offs and a straight mount), and several rails, boxes and jumps.

  • Cowboy sluggers in regional poll

    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team is ranked seventh in the preseason South Central Regional Rankings released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

    In addition, the Cowboys have received votes in the preseason Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason rankings.

  • Super Bowl surprises

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

    The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

    Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle’s win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.

  • Cardinal Classic this weekend

    Las Vegas Optic

    Wrestlers representing two dozen schools in addition to local grapplers from Robertson and West Las Vegas will be in town this weekend for the annual Cardinal Classic.

    The two-day tournament gets under way at 11 a.m. — an hour earlier than the noon start previously reported — Friday at Mike Marr Gym. Wrestling continues throughout the day and resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday.