Opinion

Urge Congress to widen broadband

To the editor: Access to high-speed Internet — some of us take it for granted. Others would do almost anything to have it. The economic growth and livelihood of nearly every city, town and rural area throughout the nation depends…

Gov., legislators must fix our waste system

To the editor: In its Jan. 4 issue, New Hampshire Business Review published my open letter, “Dear Governor: Bethlehem needs your help” criticizing Attorney General Ayotte’s negotiated settlement with Casella Waste Systems, regarding what she called “alleged” illegal dumping of…

A N.H. school-funding parable

The governor spoke at a conference I recently attended, and his comments turned to school funding and the proposed constitutional amendment that he supports. The governor told us that the state cannot innovate in the area of education policy because…

How to make ice in a democracy

The “Frost Heaves” signs peppered over the roads are both a welcome and a warning. They are the result of the seasonal quarrel between warm and cold weather, thawing and freezing and expanding and contracting soil. Change is often a bumpy…

RGGI requires a cautious approach

Ten states in the Northeast, including New Hampshire, are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, which seeks to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from participating states’ fossil fuel power plants. Power plants in each participating…

Self-serving politics will hurt Dems

Harry Truman said, “It’s amazing how much you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit.” But every now and then, egos do get involved in politics. Shocking, I know. Candidates for public office must never have…

Target your own economic stimulus package

As a result of the recently approved $168 billion economic stimulus package, most American families will get a tax rebate check in May. Economists and the news media have already begun to speculate about how we taxpayers will spend our…

Nuclear fills our electricity needs

To the editor: The anti-nuke crowd has been successful in closing Maine Yankee and are now after Vermont Yankee. Is Seabrook next? We need an interim source of electricity until we have the time necessary to figure out a new…

Mining reform is a N.H. issue too

Odd as it may seem, an eastern state like New Hampshire has a real stake in the western mining law reform movement now under way in Washington, D.C. While mining is no longer a big industry in the Granite State,…

LEED benefits are more than financial

To the editor: We were interested to read the article, “Building green gives a business long-term benefits,” in the Feb. 1-14 edition of New Hampshire Business Review. Our real estate development company is currently building the first LEED-certified retail building…

Don’t forget DividedWeFail

To the editor: During the New Hampshire primary, you may have seen DividedWeFail’s purple mascot “Champ” on signs, on television, online and in print ads. Champ, our special elephant/donkey cross, has become a symbol of bipartisanship across the country. We…

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…

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…

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