Opinion

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…

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…

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…

An open letter on the Bethlehem landfill

To the editor: I would like to apologize for Mr. Goldstein’s behavior — he does not represent the citizens of Bethlehem. (See “Gov., legislators must fix our waste system,” by Seth Goldstein, March 14-27 New Hampshire Business Review.) As a…

N.H. must fund charter schools

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both support change in the country’s public school systems, be it reassessment of how schools improve or an entire restructuring of the school system. They support growth of venues like charter schools…

The spin doesn’t resonate this time

A recent Boston Globe headline read, “Qualified borrowers face credit squeeze,” indicating that low rates remain elusive despite drastic Fed action. On the same day, a New Hampshire daily, attempting to put a less dire spin on a very dire…

Renewable fuels aren’t ‘free’

To the editor: Regarding solar energy and the vain hope that it will provide substantial help in providing electricity for the U.S. A few numbers are in order. About 1,000 watts of solar energy falls on every square meter of…

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…

Bush misses mark with stimulus plan

All challenges present opportunities. Unfortunately, in the coming years, I believe this country will look back on the recent economic stimulus package announced by President Bush as one of this country’s biggest missed opportunities in more than 70 years. Considering…

An American way to a zero-carbon future

If we’re concerned about global warming, endless wars for oil, nuclear proliferation and our economic future, then we need to face four very convenient truths. Combining four very American enthusiasms — the automobile, electricity, free renewable fuel and market opportunities…

Small business needs capital - now

Behind the current dialogue on the smoldering mortgage crises and subsequent credit crunch — from economists, politicians and countless other talking heads — one burning question remains: Where were these same experts and would-be advocates when this whole mess began?…

What’s wrong with the state retirement system?

The Joint Committee of House Executive Departments and Administration and House Finance has been working on a bill that would make some changes to the state retirement system. The bill has sponsors from both parties. Everyone agrees the system needs…

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