Opinion

Workers, unions need a level playing field

Although some politicians believe we’re only experiencing a “mental recession,” working men and women in New Hampshire know that we’re in real trouble, and that we didn’t get here overnight. We need real long-term solutions to our deep-rooted economic problems…

N.H. commuter rail: a success in 1980

I read with great interest, and am most encouraged by, the reported efforts by the New Hampshire Passenger Rail Authority and the Southern New Hampshire Regional Commission to bring passenger trains back to central New Hampshire.  Certainly the time for…

Why focus on Segway?

To the editor: I’m curious to know if Bob Sanders considered including in your article (“Suing Segway,” July 18-31 NHBR) data on lawsuits from other new products that people have misused and then sued the makers for the user’s resultant…

All you can hear are the crickets

It’s hard to understand the lack of outcry over the recent round of budget cuts by Governor Lynch and the Democratic majority’s. I realize the weather has been nice, we are in the month of July and many people are on…

Card check: labor’s power grab

The gains achieved by organized labor have become embedded not only in our factories and offices, but in the tradition and fabric of our country. So it seems inconsistent at best, hypocritical at worst, that the number one goal of…

Stop the whining and let’s do something

It’s time to step up to the plate on the oil situation and implement a multi-faceted approach. It’s time to reason through the hysteria of those who complain but offer no alternative solutions. Say what? Hey, finish the sentences. What…

Driving slower really does work

To the editor: Why not a lower speed limit indeed! (“Why not lower the speed limit?” July 3-17 NHBR) Recently I came across a factoid from an environmental group stating that reducing one’s speed from 75 to 55 mph would…

Iraq and the credibility chasm

During the Vietnam War, a famous phrase emerged: the credibility gap. It referred to the gap between what the government said about the war and what was actually going on. Now, with the war in Iraq, we have a credibility…

New NHBR look: ‘job well done’

To the editor I just finished reading the latest edition of NHBR, and I wanted to let you know the new look is fantastic. It looks current, hip, plugged-in and refreshed! I like how you’ve incorporated some more interesting/dynamic photography…

Amtrak: an economic locomotive

Americans are struggling to handle the unprecedented price of oil and gasoline. Oil has settled in over $130 a barrel, and gas has soared well above $4 a gallon in many communities throughout New England. This is crippling budgets of…

Foreclosure notices: a matter of business

To the editor: Your article, “Money Supply” (June 6-19 NHBR), about why the Union Leader gets most of the foreclosure notices was a really interesting piece. There are several items in play here. First, the Union Leader actively pursues these…

Chronic disease should be top priority

In the United States, we spend more money each year maintaining our cars than we do maintaining our health. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this country spends less per person on preventive health than the…

‘Borrow-and-spend’ Democrats

The Democrats in control of the state Legislature have come up with a novel way to balance the projected deficit in the state’s 2008-09 $10 billion budget: borrow and spend. Their usual approach to the problem — tax and spend…

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