Opinion

New NHBR look: ‘job well done’

To the editor I just finished reading the latest edition of NHBR, and I wanted to let you know the new look is fantastic. It looks current, hip, plugged-in and refreshed! I like how you’ve incorporated some more interesting/dynamic photography…

Chronic disease should be top priority

In the United States, we spend more money each year maintaining our cars than we do maintaining our health. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this country spends less per person on preventive health than the…

‘Borrow-and-spend’ Democrats

The Democrats in control of the state Legislature have come up with a novel way to balance the projected deficit in the state’s 2008-09 $10 billion budget: borrow and spend. Their usual approach to the problem — tax and spend…

Foreclosure notices: a matter of business

To the editor: Your article, “Money Supply” (June 6-19 NHBR), about why the Union Leader gets most of the foreclosure notices was a really interesting piece. There are several items in play here. First, the Union Leader actively pursues these…

Amtrak: an economic locomotive

Americans are struggling to handle the unprecedented price of oil and gasoline. Oil has settled in over $130 a barrel, and gas has soared well above $4 a gallon in many communities throughout New England. This is crippling budgets of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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