Opinion

Education is key before voting

The great English poet William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, it is the lighting of a fire.” Indeed, having the desire to search for answers is essential in today’s society, especially in terms…

We can’t afford more bailouts

Many people I talk to are stunned by the impact of the recent financial crisis. However, what grabbed the attention of most has been the escalating growth in the bailouts from the federal government over the past few months. We’ve…

Who's best for small business?: Barack Obama

Small businesses are the very foundation of our economy. They are the trainer, as the first employers of more than two-thirds of our workforce. They invest in the community rather than move offshore. They are the very source of innovation…

Who's best for small business?: John McCain

Readers of New Hampshire Business Review know better than most the importance of small business to New Hampshire. Over 95 percent of Granite State workers are employed by one of the state’s approximately 40,000 small firms. In these challenging economic…

N.H. can lead in boosting solar energy

While New Hampshire may be better known for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the presence of the solar energy industry here is hard to deny. There are more than 30 solar manufacturers, installers and dealers based in the Granite State, and…

There’s no windfall to save us this time

New Hampshire’s current budget “crisis” is widely attributed to excessive spending. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the argument obscures the uncomfortable fact of a failed and outdated revenue structure. Nowhere are the consequences of this failure more evident than the likely…

Lower drinking age? It’s a complex issue

The Amethyst Initiative, a collaborative effort of more than 120 U.S. college presidents to open debate on the minimum legal drinking age of 21, raises concerns that are shared by many Americans: • How can adults supervise and help shape…

The difference between chambers

Editor’s Note: The following is an e-mail sent by Robin Comstock, president of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, to chamber members over a TV ad sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the John Sununu-Jeanne Shaheen U.S. Senate…

Why N.H. needs its own WARN Act

Sept. 1 marked the second incremental increase in our state’s minimum wage, boosting the hourly rate from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour - the state’s first minimum wage adjustments in 10 years. In a July 2007 discussion paper, the Federal…

Burton is mum on landfill questions

To the editor: I recently sent an e-mail to Executive Councilor Ray Burton asking him to clarify his views and positions relative to the Casella landfill in Bethlehem. I did not expect him to have the same opinions as I,…

Earmarks critical to scientific progress

The University of New Hampshire recently opened a new atmospheric observatory to systematically monitor the chemical makeup of the air — and the pollutants — over our heads. This includes the first systematic recording of atmospheric mercury and some 200…

Remember who opposes the Free Choice Act

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so when I saw the television ads run on WMUR by the Employee Freedom Action Committee, I started to wonder. Who are these crusaders for justice, so concerned about our rights as…

Proper ‘unionizing’ is under threat

As the economy slows, employees and employers are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages and increasing costs. For employees, the cost of living continues to rise, while for employers the costs of business makes them less competitive/profitable in today’s marketplace. If…

Pax CEO responds to ‘misleading’ NHBR article

Bob Sanders’ article (“How Pax came to alter its investment rules”) in the Aug. 15-28 issue of NHBR purports to address investments by Pax World in military contractors against the backdrop of a recent SEC settlement involving compliance issues in…

Drilling holes in drilling

The summer round in the energy policy war is over, and the oil industry seems to have won. Public opinion and both presidential candidates have now fallen in line behind the industry’s “drill everywhere” agenda. Congress has stalemated over every…

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