Opinion

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…

Invasive plants in a warming world

They’re out there. Little by little, a silent invasion is sweeping across the Northeast landscape, and the rest of the world for that matter. An oft overlooked but devastating ecological crisis: invasive exotic plants are exacting a toll on New…

How the co-op responds

As a non-profit member-owned organization, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative focuses all our business actions on providing services that meet the expectations of all consumers. Employees are proud that the approximately 80,000 NHEC consumers recognized our 2007 performance with an American…

Solid waste disposal: a growing N.H. problem

While in recent legislative sessions the spotlight has been on “high-profile” waste issues such as sludge-spreading, burning construction and demolition debris, electronic waste, medical waste, mercury, and hazardous waste, the very mundane but important issue of municipal solid waste disposal…

The time is ripe for a new direction

Dean Gray has found a novel way to make a buck: turning manure into money. He’s beating out the pricey, synthetic fertilizers with old-fashioned cow manure. Gray ran a classified ad last month marketing a large pile of last winter’s waste…

Environmentalism can hurt mankind

As the Earth Day “holiday” was celebrated this year, something else was approaching — namely, $4-a-gallon gas at the pumps. As we painfully struggle with the price of fuel to heat our homes and soaring gas prices for our vehicles…

What the governor learns by ‘walking around’

In 1980, Dave Packard, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, made famous the expression Management By Walking Around - MBWA, for short. The simple act of walking around the plant and talking casually with engineers and manufacturing floor operators gave Dave Packard a…

N.H.’s transmission capacity quandary

Last year, New Hampshire enacted a renewable portfolio standard which mandates that the state generate 25 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by the year 2025. Though that deadline may seem remote, the length of time required to…

RGGI requires consumer protections

Again this year, the high cost of electricity resulting from dramatic increases in oil and natural gas prices have made energy a top concern for New Hampshire businesses. This is especially true for New Hampshire’s manufacturers, hospitals, ski resorts, office…

Fuel aid is an economic necessity for region

Every household feels at least a little financial chill when oil tops a record $100 a barrel. But for our most vulnerable families, soaring heating costs represent a clear and present danger. This season witnessed several deaths in New England,…

What N.H. needs: truth in spending

The budget process is complicated, and I have always believed in complete transparency; the citizens of New Hampshire deserve to know what is being budgeted and what is being spent. As a government we should be held to the exact…

A man who set an example for all of us

A little over seven years ago, a plaque honoring the New Hampshire veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade came down from the State House wall the same day it was put up. The defenders of the Spanish Republic were not…

Our subprime monetary system

For millennia, “money” was gold or silver. The U.S. dollar was originally 1/20th of an ounce of gold, before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. The dollar traded recently at around 1/1000th an ounce of gold. So, for…

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