Opinion

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…

‘Hopeful about the future’

Editor’s note: Mike Vlacich, who has served as director of the state’s Division of Economic Development for the last two years, recently announced his plans to leave the post to become state director for U.S. Sen.-elect Jeanne Shaheen. This is…

Our biggest problem has been bigness

Far too much of America’s energy is being drained today in frenzied attempts to prop up bigness. The housing crisis, the financial meltdown, the teetering of the Big Three automakers. The unifying theme is turn-of-the-last century, laissez-faire, supra-governmental corporate bigness.…

A Big 3 bailout won’t work

America’s economy is in recession. The world economy is in recession. Every family worries about the future, and politicians want to step forward and demonstrate that they are doing something about it. Sometimes, however, doing the wrong thing is far…

The myth of the bloated budget

The New Hampshire Legislature is facing a budget shortfall of massive proportions. The term “structural deficit” has been aptly used to describe the magnitude of the gap between projected revenue and spending. No Rube Goldberg cobbling of multiple revenue streams…

Healthy families begin at home

“Nick” has been in special education services since elementary school and developed a substance abuse problem by the time he was in middle school. Then he was diagnosed with a mental health problem. As a teen, he was arrested and…