Opinion

Consider climate change policy carefully

In 2008, as the realities of climate change become increasingly clear, New Hampshire is preparing to implement two public policy initiatives that have far-reaching implications for the electric utility industry and consumers. Both policies —Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation and…

Landfill settlement benefits N.H.

As attorney general for New Hampshire, I take seriously my responsibility to enforce the state’s environmental laws and to protect public health and the environment. Therefore, I think it is important for all citizens to understand my views on how…

How employers can help workers claim EITC

Many business executives want to keep their employees happy, but there are few ways to do it that doesn’t cost them money. Well, here’s one: the Earned Income Tax Credit. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the government’s largest…

Know the facts before assessing payday loan cap

Cap interest rates on “payday” and title loans at 36 percent - no-brainer, right? That’s what House Bill 267 wants to do. On the surface, this seems like a great idea, but like everything in life, it’s not as simple…

Is diversity really a good thing?

I continue to marvel at the shortsighted view (at least in my opinion) that diversity is a sought after value when ethnic, racial, linguistic, cultural differences have pulled so many counties apart. As Patrick J. Buchanan once stated in an…

For the new year, reduce your carbon footprint

If you asked the man on the street to define a “carbon footprint” - even a year ago - you probably would have gotten a bewildered response. Fast-forward to today, and more and more people are becoming aware that virtually…

Dear Governor: Bethlehem needs your help

The following is the text of a letter sent to Gov. John Lynch by Seth Goldstein, a Bethlehem resident, an opponent of Casella Waste Systems’ plan to expand its landfill in the town: Casella Waste Systems has begun a major…

Counties gain from cost-sharing law

Those of us in the Senate and House who supported the change to the cost-sharing arrangement between the state and the counties are somewhat surprised by the continued confusion and lack of information about the projected benefits and built-in protections…

Subprime bailouts are the last thing we need

As rates increased, homeowners sought refinancing only to find there was none, except at rates they could not afford as lenders suddenly became far more circumspect in their lending policies. The result: a crisis in credit that has now led…

Let’s rein in 21st century loan sharks

While it would be easy to think payday lending is some new phenomenon, nothing could be further from the truth. Payday lending is the modern form of usury. Usury and its regulation have been the subject of civil and religious…