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Carbon fee may be a good starting place. However, in order to completely eliminate CO2 generation, all sources must be eliminated or sequestered. Sequestration would require another source of power to operate. Elimination will undoubtedly require replacement beyond what solar and wind can provide. I would suggest that nuclear power is the only existing technology capable of activation in the next one or two decades. IF CO2 reduction to the 350 ppm level is not achieved by then, our world may experience the sixth world-wide extinction. ...(full comment)

Letter: The carbon solution

Went to MB in Tilton after work yesterday, no salad mix or roasted chicken. Shelves empty, meats MIA. Had to change my dinner plan! Sure hope they get this rectified soon with a "happy ending". ...(full comment)

Market Basket employees fighting for ousted CEO

Dan, I think you should know a little more about NH before trying to 'adjust' our government to keep them out of your wallet. When I went to for the state, there were about 11,000 state employees, both classified and unclassified. Today, more than forty years later, there are still about 11,000 state employees. However, during those years, the number of residents has increased from 750,000 to over 1.3 million. We still pay no sales or income taxes (except the very rich on savings earnings). NO FSP input is needed here, state government is small, efficient, and still the brunt of every right-wing politician looking for power. Our 424 citizen legislature still gets the $200 salary, but mileage reimbursement has increased over those forty years. However, then, as now, the legislature is dominated by lawyers, real estate agents, business owners, and, oh yes, retirees. What really bothers me about our legislature is that the average education level is around high-school graduate; would be nice to have a better educated legislature, I think. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

Neither Shaheen nor Brown sought to enact legislation by Section 5 of what to do with the Section 2 penalty within the 14th Amendment that calls for the representation in Congress to be reduced in us eleven (11) states that do not elect our "Judicial officers" but who appoint these cronies to the bench. It's the law and they do not deserve to be reelected for their lack of effort before, in getting paid but not doing the job; thieves! Only then will the U.S. Codes and Statutes at Large be lawful. Right now its like in a football game of too many players on the field to get the ten-yard penalty, of too many M.O.C.'s / Members of Congress. To fix the quantity before electing the one and only lawful Federal Rep. here, and THEN deal with to revise the Reapportionment Act of 1929, as I think that each state ought to have at least 4 Federal Reps for the majority interests over the 2 in the Senate, so with any penalty 4 minus 1 = 3 of still over 2, get it? ...(full comment)

Shaheen meets privately with VA secretary nominee McDonald

So this Council cuts through the VA crap in Manchester? The reason I ask is that my friend Bob Bonser who bought his land around a pond in Nottingham right after serving in WWII put up some "trailers" and THEN the Zoning got started in the town and retrospectively went back in time to say that they were placed too close together and took Bob to court where Judge Douglas R. Gray ordered the National Guard in to move them as so old they collapsed into destruction. Bob had gone to the V.A. and they told him in effect to: get lost! They would not help him with asserting his property rights in N.H. against another one of their fellow public servants. Hopefully Motorcycle Bobby here, also (was?) a State Rep. I see did some talk on how many #___ veteran issues and what? In addition to "allow BUSINESSES to expand " (emphasis ADDed) what about land "investors"? like to be able to buy land and build affordable or work-force housing. Building a house puts #x people to work. Re: "The American Dream". ...(full comment)

PHOTO: Brown meets with veterans in Concord

According to: " •Only about 1 in 5 Americans agree that average voters have the same ACCESS to candidates (and influence on candidates) as big donors to Super PACs. " Emphasis ADDED, as in what? So and so big-shot talks on this and that but doesn't stick around to hear from the people? Yeah, these type of snobs can take a hike. In the meantime to get the info out to all (both rich and poor) that their vote counts as rights are not limited to just the rich, even though crooked judges in this state still tell you to PAY a filing fee even though the law in Article 12 says free, or tell us your finances, like that credit card company TV commercial of: What's in YOUR wallet? Answer back: None of your business! Vote for the one who will impeach these arrogant thieves! Thank you Erik Opsal, erik.opsal at nyu dot edu, 646-292-8356 for the repeat over at: of this April 12th, 2012 one better than the April 24, 2012 one above as we do NOT live in a democracy but what is supposed to be a Republic. ...(full comment)

Must-have accessory for House candidates in 2014: the personalized super PAC

Your post contains a number of distortions--on schools for instance. Public schools are locally controlled and democratic-- and most do a good job at teaching our children. The forces of privatization from the corporate world and the far right have distorted test results--both national and international, while vastly overstating the benefits of privatization. Most charters do no better, and many do worse than public schools, while operating w/o much public oversight. The national debt is a complex issue, but suffice to say that both conservatives and liberals have contributed to its extent; in a fiat money system, it's nearly impossible for the central government to go broke; that there's an inverse relationship between private and public debt. In good economic times, the central government almost always runs a deficit; and the central government is NOT a business, and should not be run like one. Your hysterical take on guns is based on a mis-reading of the 2nd Amendment and taking the ravings of the NRA seriously. A central bank is essential to a modern economy--we have private banks that are TBTF, and a revolving door between Wall St. and the feds. And big money that corrupts the system--we need more and better regulations of Wall St. , and of campaign finance, not less. And non-partisan crafting of electoral districts in every state.I agree with you about the effects of the drug war on the poor, and about the extent of our empire overseas and NSA over-reach. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. As is happening all over the country, the courts are over-turning laws aimed at outlawing gay marriage. The NH Supremes surely would have done so too, had the bill passed, though I doubt the Senate would have passed it even had it made its way through the House. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

Nice try at having it both ways: do your best to thwart every effort to raise money that goes for infrastructure, then when bridges collapse, blame the government that you've starved of revenue for that collapse. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

Libertarianism--including the FSP, is just another iteration of the age-old effort to justify greed. As J.K. Galbraith observed: "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." Moreover, Libertarianism is profoundly anti-democratic, as the secretive behavior of the FSP candidates in the last two election cycles demonstrates. It's not about open, honest, and fair elections, it's about power. At its core, libertarianism is fascism--the melding of the corporation and the government, and the CEO becomes the dictator. Libertarians idolize the rich and powerful--by definition superior men (Ayn Rand's John Galt, etc). Combine the power of the NSA with the Koch brothers' billions, abetted by recent SCOTUS decisions on corporations' "rights", and we're well on our merry way. All hail, Caesar! ...(full comment)

My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

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My Turn: A primer on the carbon footprint

Thanks for the math lesson. Perhaps you should stick to math and give the Globull Warming ideology a rest. ...(full comment)

My Turn: A primer on the carbon footprint

I suggested in my original post that Mr. Brown's claims should be taken with a grain of salt, given the murky origins of his group and its funding sources--it seems to have all the ingredients of an astro-turf group.But as for his "facts", to cite two: he claims that RGGI has "distorted the market", an ironic claim to make about a market-based program, and one that can only be made if one believes that carbon should not be taxed in some way--whether directly or in some cap and trade fashion. To believe that, one has to reside in the never-never land of the denier/Tea Party far right that makes things up. There is ample evidence that RGGI is working as intended. Brown also distorts the facts when he implies/suggests that RGGI and other green initiatives are responsible for both the closure of Vermont Yankee and the absence of new nukes or other base-load power-plants. And he gives the game away in his first paragraph, when he complains about NESCOE's pipeline proposal "socializing" the cost of natural gas pipeline expansion. If private industry won't build it, then the costs will have to be "socialized"-- our tax dollars at work. Brown is trying to have it both ways-- complaining about a supposed lack of long term planning, then grumbling about part of NESCOE's long term plan because he doesn't like how it will be paid for. Which is it--no long term plan, or the fact it's a public plan rather than a private one? ...(full comment)

My Turn: On energy, governors preparing to repeat mistakes of the past