Columns

Week in Review: Easter and coming together
Last week was a time of reflection for many of us who celebrate Good Friday and Easter. We solemnly remember the sacrifice of Jesus while we celebrate the good his death...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: SSLCs and teacher work days
The members of the Legislature headed home to spend the Easter weekend with their families. Now that we have come back, we are on the home stretch to the end of Session....
‘Leave no stone unpassed!’
I realize that by writing this article I may be forever waiving any medical confidentiality rights provided HIPPA as well as any other legal protections. I suppose that’s...
Alimony in the IRS spotlight
A couple of years ago, the U.S. Treasury released a report highlighting a disturbing level of non-compliance in alimony reporting on tax returns. Since the report was...
Dr. Anthony Holcomb: Healing Hands
A childhood ambition led to a lifelong journey. One filled with passion, dedication and endless hours. These are the building blocks; the...


Taxing Thoughts
You may already have big plans for spending your tax refund. Many think of this extra money in black and white terms — you either do something responsible with it or you...
Idle American
My friend John, whose profession requires his being on airliners much of the time, is pretty much a “follow the rules” kind of guy. He adheres to flight attendants’...
Home Country
Slim Randles is a syndicated columnist from New Mexico whose columns are printed in more than 400 newspapers across the United States. These days we don’t think much...
Matt's Money
Last time, we looked at the traditional IRA. This week, we’ll look at the Roth IRA. First of all, not everyone can set up a Roth IRA. Even if you can, you may not qualify...
Taxing Thoughts
With the new administration in Washington D.C., tax changes are likely in our future, but the details of those changes are unknown. What we do know about 2017 core tax...
A Reason to Smile
I don’t consider myself to be a sage of great wisdom, but I’d like to share some thoughts that I’ve been having lately. They’re not well defined enough in my mind for me to...
Getting out: BBB provides options for escaping debt
It isn’t difficult to fall into debt, but getting out of debt may seem an insurmountable task. If consumers have a big pile of credit card bills, they may also have a big...
Judge Bascom Bentley III Bascom's High Point
Folks along El Camino Real woke up to a stormy Sunday morning that brought lots of rain and lightning as they headed off to church. I started...


Taxing Thoughts: Filing extension - get more time to file, not to pay
Sometimes the tax deadline arrives and you are simply not ready to file. But, if you choose to file for an extension, don’t make the mistake of not paying. Filing for an...
Taxing Thoughts: The best IRA for you - part I
An individual retirement arrangement (IRA) is a personal retirement savings plan that offers specific tax benefits. In fact, IRAs are one of the most powerful retirement...