Opinion

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…

Wrapping it up after 25 great years

Editor’s note: In his 25 years as the state’s agriculture commissioner, Steve Taylor — who retired from the post last month - wrote a column for each issue of the department’s Weekly Market Bulletin. In it, he would discuss with…

Verizon deal is a step backward

The future of the New Hampshire economy and the health and viability of our businesses depend upon having an advanced telecommunications infrastructure similar to that which has been installed in much of the country, and in every advanced nation in…

Obama fits the bill for president

As is the custom in New Hampshire this time of year, I recently asked a woman in a coffee shop who she was supporting for president. Her answer: “The last candidate I heard speak.” The point is we have a…

Businesses see green by going green

Virtually every day we hear about a major corporation announcing plans to reduce its carbon footprint. Businesses are going “green” for a very good reason. It is good for the environment and the bottom line. Regardless of the motive, a…

Payday lending: a blight on our state

Legislation to regulate payday lending will be voted on early in January, when the House and Senate are back in session in Concord. For those unfamiliar with payday lenders, they are in the business of making small loans to people…

We must treasure the university system

Editor’s note: The following are the remarks Andrew Leitz — managing director of Rye Capital, retired president of Hadco Corp. and current chair of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees — gave after accepting the Business and…

FairPoint deal: good for the companies, not N.H.

Jim Roche, president of the Business and Industry Association, opined recently that the association “believes in the sanctity of contracts between private parties.” This was part the group’s reason for stating that the proposed tax-free merger of FairPoint and Verizon…