Opinion

Huckabee: a faux conservative?

Conservative commentators are having a dust-up over whether former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a conservative. The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund and Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, say no. The Washington Times’ Tony Blankley says yes.…

FairPoint-Verizon deal is good for N.H.

Every summer, the Business and Industry Association engages in policy development roundtable discussions with business and opinion leaders in 14 locations throughout the state. And every summer, particularly in the Monadnock Region, Upper Valley and North Country, many roundtable participants…

Make Pentagon waste a campaign issue

What do Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani have in common? They’re the leading presidential candidates of the two major parties. But they have more in common than that. All choose not to offer specifics on waste…

Mandates coverage keeps people uninsured

Like most states, New Hampshire struggles with the issue of affordable health insurance coverage for its citizens. Roughly 150,000 people across the state lack health insurance. Of this number, a large group, approximately 75,000, are working-age individuals or their families…

It’s time to regulate tobacco

In New Hampshire, nearly 1,900 children a year - approximately 37 per day - become regular smokers. In our state alone, we spend $564 million on health-care costs directly caused by smoking. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death…

Take small steps for a better energy future

It wasn’t long ago that energy was something most people took for granted. Gas was plentiful and cheap, renewable energy was something only “tree huggers” talked about and global warming was an exotic theory. How times have changed. These days,…

New England: many voices, one region

Seventeen members of the New England House delegation, including Congressman Paul Hodes and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, recently came together in Boston for a unique morning at Suffolk University Law School. Hosted by the New England Council, the congressional delegation had…

Low-income children deserve support

Last year, 6.6 million children from families between 100 percent and 200 percent of the poverty level received health insurance through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, and I fully support increasing this effort by 60 percent over…

College investing plan is doing its part

When the phrase “first in the nation” is used, it’s usually a reference to New Hampshire’s presidential primary. But it can just as easily apply to the state’s college tuition savings plan - an overlooked jewel in the crown of…