Opinion

Memo to BIA: wake up, please

New Hampshire’s Business and Industry Association, which calls itself our “State Chamber of Commerce,” seems to need a wake-up call about climate change and the harm it will bring to New Hampshire’s business if we don’t try to do something…

Bethlehem landfill provides public benefit to N.H.

On behalf of North Country Environmental Services, we would like to thank Attorney General Kelly Ayotte for her public clarification to Seth Goldstein’s recent, inaccurate and misleading opinion letters to this publication (“Landfill settlement benefits New Hampshire,” Feb. 1-14 New…

Property tax killing middle class

To the editor: The long-standing precedent of paying for public education on the back of property taxation is absolutely the most senseless, mindless and harmful tax practice I can think of - a practice totally without merit that subsidizes those (the rich) that are…

Rep. wrong on home births

To the editor: I would like to counter the quote by Rep. Mathew Houde of Plainfield, made in an article on NHBR.com, in his argument about mandated insurance reimbursement for midwives attending home births. “We just do not know the…

Will Clintons’ attacks affect Shaheen?

Under normal circumstances, given their similarities, there’d be no question that having Hillary Clinton topping the ticket would just about guarantee a U.S. Senate win for Jeanne Shaheen. But these are not normal circumstances. It’s a tale of two husbands.…

Consider climate change policy carefully

In 2008, as the realities of climate change become increasingly clear, New Hampshire is preparing to implement two public policy initiatives that have far-reaching implications for the electric utility industry and consumers. Both policies —Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation and…

Landfill settlement benefits N.H.

As attorney general for New Hampshire, I take seriously my responsibility to enforce the state’s environmental laws and to protect public health and the environment. Therefore, I think it is important for all citizens to understand my views on how…

Why FairPoint deal will work

To the editor: In 2006 I restarted Arnett Development Group LLC, a New Hampshire-based company with a focus on economic development via technology. Previously, I served as the New Hampshire director of the Division of Economic Development for eight years.…

How employers can help workers claim EITC

Many business executives want to keep their employees happy, but there are few ways to do it that doesn’t cost them money. Well, here’s one: the Earned Income Tax Credit. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the government’s largest…

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…

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…

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…

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