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Our subprime monetary system

For millennia, “money” was gold or silver. The U.S. dollar was originally 1/20th of an ounce of gold, before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. The dollar traded recently at around 1/1000th an ounce of gold. So, for…

An open letter on the Bethlehem landfill

To the editor: I would like to apologize for Mr. Goldstein’s behavior — he does not represent the citizens of Bethlehem. (See “Gov., legislators must fix our waste system,” by Seth Goldstein, March 14-27 New Hampshire Business Review.) As a…

N.H. must fund charter schools

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both support change in the country’s public school systems, be it reassessment of how schools improve or an entire restructuring of the school system. They support growth of venues like charter schools…

Bush misses mark with stimulus plan

All challenges present opportunities. Unfortunately, in the coming years, I believe this country will look back on the recent economic stimulus package announced by President Bush as one of this country’s biggest missed opportunities in more than 70 years. Considering…

An American way to a zero-carbon future

If we’re concerned about global warming, endless wars for oil, nuclear proliferation and our economic future, then we need to face four very convenient truths. Combining four very American enthusiasms — the automobile, electricity, free renewable fuel and market opportunities…

Small business needs capital - now

Behind the current dialogue on the smoldering mortgage crises and subsequent credit crunch — from economists, politicians and countless other talking heads — one burning question remains: Where were these same experts and would-be advocates when this whole mess began?…

What’s wrong with the state retirement system?

The Joint Committee of House Executive Departments and Administration and House Finance has been working on a bill that would make some changes to the state retirement system. The bill has sponsors from both parties. Everyone agrees the system needs…

A N.H. school-funding parable

The governor spoke at a conference I recently attended, and his comments turned to school funding and the proposed constitutional amendment that he supports. The governor told us that the state cannot innovate in the area of education policy because…

How to make ice in a democracy

The “Frost Heaves” signs peppered over the roads are both a welcome and a warning. They are the result of the seasonal quarrel between warm and cold weather, thawing and freezing and expanding and contracting soil. Change is often a bumpy…

Urge Congress to widen broadband

To the editor: Access to high-speed Internet — some of us take it for granted. Others would do almost anything to have it. The economic growth and livelihood of nearly every city, town and rural area throughout the nation depends…

Gov., legislators must fix our waste system

To the editor: In its Jan. 4 issue, New Hampshire Business Review published my open letter, “Dear Governor: Bethlehem needs your help” criticizing Attorney General Ayotte’s negotiated settlement with Casella Waste Systems, regarding what she called “alleged” illegal dumping of…

RGGI requires a cautious approach

Ten states in the Northeast, including New Hampshire, are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, which seeks to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from participating states’ fossil fuel power plants. Power plants in each participating…

Self-serving politics will hurt Dems

Harry Truman said, “It’s amazing how much you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit.” But every now and then, egos do get involved in politics. Shocking, I know. Candidates for public office must never have…

Target your own economic stimulus package

As a result of the recently approved $168 billion economic stimulus package, most American families will get a tax rebate check in May. Economists and the news media have already begun to speculate about how we taxpayers will spend our…

Mining reform is a N.H. issue too

Odd as it may seem, an eastern state like New Hampshire has a real stake in the western mining law reform movement now under way in Washington, D.C. While mining is no longer a big industry in the Granite State,…

Nuclear fills our electricity needs

To the editor: The anti-nuke crowd has been successful in closing Maine Yankee and are now after Vermont Yankee. Is Seabrook next? We need an interim source of electricity until we have the time necessary to figure out a new…

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