Opinion

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…

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…

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…