Opinion

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…

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…

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…

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…

New Generation generosity praised

To the editor: I wanted to thank everyone who gave donations over the last two months to fill the New Generation food pantry on behalf of Dot Smith of Exeter. Two months ago, our shelves were nearly bare of supplies…

Wrapping it up after 25 great years

Editor’s note: In his 25 years as the state’s agriculture commissioner, Steve Taylor — who retired from the post last month - wrote a column for each issue of the department’s Weekly Market Bulletin. In it, he would discuss with…

Verizon deal is a step backward

The future of the New Hampshire economy and the health and viability of our businesses depend upon having an advanced telecommunications infrastructure similar to that which has been installed in much of the country, and in every advanced nation in…

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