Opinion

‘Hopeful about the future’

Editor’s note: Mike Vlacich, who has served as director of the state’s Division of Economic Development for the last two years, recently announced his plans to leave the post to become state director for U.S. Sen.-elect Jeanne Shaheen. This is…

Big 3 bailout will save local jobs

Up to now, much of the discussion about a rescue plan for the automakers has focused on the Detroit Three: GM, Ford and Chrysler. But it’s important not to lose sight of the economic engine of Main Street: the nation’s…

Our biggest problem has been bigness

Far too much of America’s energy is being drained today in frenzied attempts to prop up bigness. The housing crisis, the financial meltdown, the teetering of the Big Three automakers. The unifying theme is turn-of-the-last century, laissez-faire, supra-governmental corporate bigness.…

A Big 3 bailout won’t work

America’s economy is in recession. The world economy is in recession. Every family worries about the future, and politicians want to step forward and demonstrate that they are doing something about it. Sometimes, however, doing the wrong thing is far…

The myth of the bloated budget

The New Hampshire Legislature is facing a budget shortfall of massive proportions. The term “structural deficit” has been aptly used to describe the magnitude of the gap between projected revenue and spending. No Rube Goldberg cobbling of multiple revenue streams…

Healthy families begin at home

“Nick” has been in special education services since elementary school and developed a substance abuse problem by the time he was in middle school. Then he was diagnosed with a mental health problem. As a teen, he was arrested and…

N.H. GOP offers only a paler shade of blue

For the second election in a row, the New Hampshire Republican Party failed to mount a serious challenge for the office of governor. Joe Kenney did not even get a third of the votes. And for the second election in…

‘Living United’ strengthens community

It’s the holiday season, with Thanksgiving already right around the corner and the New Year not far behind. This is the season where we often take the time to reflect, to count our blessings and plan for our futures. We…

The financial crisis shows us the way

In the fall of 2008, as the global financial architecture crumbled, governments around the world swiftly committed themselves to spending trillions of dollars to rescue the global market in money, to save financial institutions from the consequences of their bad…

Taking exception to Kozlowski story

To the editor: I take exception to your article regarding Dennis Kozlowski’s divorce and the asset freeze placed on Mr. Kozlowski by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro (NHBR.com, Oct. 22.)  There is not one quote in any article or…

The collapse according to Greenspan

The following are excerpts of prepared remarks former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan delivered before the House Committee of Government Oversight and Reform last month. We are in the midst of a once-in-a century credit tsunami. Central banks and governments…

A new mindset for a new energy era

Five years ago, oil was trading at around $30 a barrel. It’s no wonder, then, that the leap to more than $147 a barrel in July set off a wave of anxiety and concern — particularly in New Hampshire, where…

Card check measure is bad news for N.H.

This may be one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime — especially for small-business owners and their employees. As a local business owner of seven New Hampshire restaurants and proud New Hampshire voter, I want all to understand…

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