Opinion

Card check: labor’s power grab

The gains achieved by organized labor have become embedded not only in our factories and offices, but in the tradition and fabric of our country. So it seems inconsistent at best, hypocritical at worst, that the number one goal of…

Iraq and the credibility chasm

During the Vietnam War, a famous phrase emerged: the credibility gap. It referred to the gap between what the government said about the war and what was actually going on. Now, with the war in Iraq, we have a credibility…

Chronic disease should be top priority

In the United States, we spend more money each year maintaining our cars than we do maintaining our health. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this country spends less per person on preventive health than the…

‘Borrow-and-spend’ Democrats

The Democrats in control of the state Legislature have come up with a novel way to balance the projected deficit in the state’s 2008-09 $10 billion budget: borrow and spend. Their usual approach to the problem — tax and spend…

Amtrak: an economic locomotive

Americans are struggling to handle the unprecedented price of oil and gasoline. Oil has settled in over $130 a barrel, and gas has soared well above $4 a gallon in many communities throughout New England. This is crippling budgets of…

Colombia deal is a bad one

Supporters of a new trade agreement with Colombia have said that the deal would bolster efforts by the South American country to improve human rights and spur economic development, to the benefit of both countries. However, a closer look suggests…

SB 342 is not the workforce housing answer

The Madbury Planning Board is concerned about Senate Bill 342 regarding workforce housing. This bill, recently passed by both House and Senate, would promote the development of workforce housing by establishing state-mandated zoning for all towns with zoning ordinances. The…