Opinion

Universal health is possible

To the editor: Ever since I entered the insurance field in 1975 I have been a proponent of universal health insurance. Not a government-run program, but a private industry program, government-monitored. In the past I have contacted all of my…

An open letter on the Bethlehem landfill

Editor’s note: The following are excerpts of a letter sent to Gov. John Lynch, Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack and New Hampshire legislators. I am writing to ask for your assistance in stopping Casella Waste Systems from bypassing local zoning…

Huckabee: a faux conservative?

Conservative commentators are having a dust-up over whether former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a conservative. The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund and Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, say no. The Washington Times’ Tony Blankley says yes.…

FairPoint-Verizon deal is good for N.H.

Every summer, the Business and Industry Association engages in policy development roundtable discussions with business and opinion leaders in 14 locations throughout the state. And every summer, particularly in the Monadnock Region, Upper Valley and North Country, many roundtable participants…

It’s time to regulate tobacco

In New Hampshire, nearly 1,900 children a year - approximately 37 per day - become regular smokers. In our state alone, we spend $564 million on health-care costs directly caused by smoking. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death…

No term limits in Nashua

To the editor: Please inform Brad Cook that Nashua doesn’t have “term limits” ... other than at the ballot box (“Mayoral and U.S. Senate races take shape,” Sept. 28-Oct. 11 New Hampshire Business Review). I chose not to run for…

Take small steps for a better energy future

It wasn’t long ago that energy was something most people took for granted. Gas was plentiful and cheap, renewable energy was something only “tree huggers” talked about and global warming was an exotic theory. How times have changed. These days,…

New England: many voices, one region

Seventeen members of the New England House delegation, including Congressman Paul Hodes and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, recently came together in Boston for a unique morning at Suffolk University Law School. Hosted by the New England Council, the congressional delegation had…

Make Pentagon waste a campaign issue

What do Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani have in common? They’re the leading presidential candidates of the two major parties. But they have more in common than that. All choose not to offer specifics on waste…

Mandates coverage keeps people uninsured

Like most states, New Hampshire struggles with the issue of affordable health insurance coverage for its citizens. Roughly 150,000 people across the state lack health insurance. Of this number, a large group, approximately 75,000, are working-age individuals or their families…

Low-income children deserve support

Last year, 6.6 million children from families between 100 percent and 200 percent of the poverty level received health insurance through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, and I fully support increasing this effort by 60 percent over…

College investing plan is doing its part

When the phrase “first in the nation” is used, it’s usually a reference to New Hampshire’s presidential primary. But it can just as easily apply to the state’s college tuition savings plan - an overlooked jewel in the crown of…

Governments gone wrong

It is fall, and things change quickly. Leaves, like blossoming flowers, are on our minds and in the headlines these days. Down in Merrimack, a high school senior’s flower-holding portrait was banned from the school’s yearbook on grounds that it violated…

Legislature gets a reprieve on ed funding

The state Supreme Court’s latest pronouncement on education funding simply kicked the can down the road. Far enough down the road that the new taxes needed to pay for the new spending that the new definition of an adequate education…

On tax policy, don’t forget entrepreneurs

New York Rep. Charles Rangel, the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, last month said he was willing to consider reducing tax rates on America’s corporations to help them remain competitive in a global economy. He also…

Constitutional knowledge not required

To the editor: The Flotsam & Jetsam section of your September 14-27 issue, after stating that “Hillary Clinton has a law degree, so it’s pretty certain she knows the Constitution,” takes her campaign to task for excluding a sign-carrying heckler…

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