Opinion

Our energy future includes Bow

On Jan. 5, ISO-New England, the organization that manages the New England electric grid, announced that the region’s operating capacity for several weeks this coming May and June may be short by 1,740 megawatts, and that additional negative numbers are…

Have we all been ‘Minskyed?’

Some 20 years ago, on the brink of the cataclysm that scorched New Hampshire’s property markets and swallowed its largest banks, a friend found me toting “Stabilizing an Unstable Economy,” a book written by Hyman Minsky, an academic economist then…

Another solution to high business taxes

To the editor: Jim Roche, president of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire made a very impassioned plea that he does not want business taxes raised to satisfy the states estimated $100 million budget shortfall (“Lawmakers: do no harm,” Jan. 16-29…

‘Stimulus’ testimony misreported

To the editor: I was quoted in an NHBR.com article (“N.H. businesses to House: We need stimulus”) concerning my testimony at a Ways & Means Committee meeting. The reporting, in respect to my testimony, made substantial errors of fact that…

State needs more fiscal discipline

Since 2007, our Legislature has been spending itself into the current enormous deficit, and now both Republicans and Democrats are coming back to the people for more money. As a member of the New Hampshire Advantage Coalition, I believe we should…

Lawmakers: do no harm

“Do no harm” is the primary tenet for such varied tasks as restoring antique furniture or fine art, or even providing emergency medical treatment. The reasoning is straightforward. When addressing a delicate task, it’s critically important not to do something…

Hot, flat, crowded - and broke

Thomas Friedman’s latest book impresses upon us why America needs a green revolution as the world becomes “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” Friedman provides dense pages packed with data supporting his arguments around climate change — the dark side of America’s…

Taxing pot: as crazy as gambling

One thing my 14 years in the state Senate taught me was that the merits of a bill matter less than political influence. The forces pushing for imposing gambling on our state are back, and they’re pumped. With the great…

The protocols of capital punishment

In New Hampshire’s private sector, killing for hire is a capital crime, punishable by death. In the public sector, though, killing is a bureaucratic procedure. In the wake of a jury’s decision to sentence Michael Addison to death, the state’s…

Simply reaching out has a big impact

“The Circle of a Good Life” is more than just the theme to Moore Center Services’ recent annual meeting. In fact, its meaning has perhaps never been clearer than it is in today’s challenging times, as people are struggling to…

Region is ready for economic stimulus

President-elect Barack Obama and his economic team have added their voices to the growing chorus of policy experts, state officials and industry representatives calling on Congress to include transportation infrastructure spending as part of an economic stimulus package. The New…

We’ve made progress in fixing retirement system

The New Hampshire Retirement System was set up to provide retirement benefits for municipal, county and state employees. It is funded by contributions from employees, employers (i.e. the municipalities) and the state general fund. In fact, the state contributes a…

Cheap food comes at a high cost

In 1948, my grandfather paid 55 cents for a dozen eggs to serve at the Whitefield eatery that still bears his name. That was a whopping price, when you consider that, back then, the average family earned less than $10…

Now’s the time to address financial security

Right now, many people in New Hampshire and across America are struggling to survive. The costs of food and health care are skyrocketing, families are losing their homes and millions of Americans can’t find work. Americans with retirement accounts are…

Is the GOP gonna party like it’s 1989?

Judging from the reaction of some New Hampshire Republicans to the announcement by former Gov. John H. Sununu that he will run for chairman of the state GOP, all that’s left to do is to pick out new furniture for…

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