Dick Flynn, who died last week at the age of 94, helped oversee New Hampshire law enforcement and safety during a time of great change and growth. He did so ably and tirelessly and we owe him and his family a great deal of thanks.

Flynn was Dover’s police chief before taking on the state role of Commissioner of Safety. He could be rough around the edges. Who would not be so, in a job with so many external and internal stresses?

He could also be smooth, and was as savvy or savvier than some of the hundreds of politicians with whom he had to deal on issues as impactful as massive Seabrook nuclear demonstrations or as petty as a four-digit license plate.

Flynn dealt deftly with governors of both political parties (nine administrations over 35 years). Unlike one of his long-ago predecessors who would change his own political registration depending on who had won the last election, Flynn maintained and was proud of his Republican Party status.

Flynn didn’t keep New Hampshire a clean, low-crime state all by himself. But he set a very good standard. Our condolences to his family and wide circle of friends.

Friday, January 14, 2022

When did New Hampshire’s Republican Party develop such an inferiority complex? We reference its House majority attempting to stack the voting deck to win future congressional races in the 1st District while ceding the 2nd District to the Democrats. Somewhere the ghost of Jim Cleveland must b…

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In the matter of Harmony Montgomery, age 7, missing for more than two years, New Hampshire is going to need more than the “it takes a village” platitudes coming from New Hampshire’s outgoing child advocate. New Hampshire needs a full and transparent audit and accounting of any and all intera…

Outside of the Salem area, where he lives and runs his Freshwater Farms business, and Concord, where he is president of the state Senate, Chuck Morse flies under the radar. That will surely change this year as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He has our thanks and best wishes. He has done e…

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Some things are supposed to go downhill in New Hampshire. Perhaps it is fitting that even as the state loses the institution that is Secretary of State Bill Gardner, alpine skiing has been turned upside down.

Friday, January 07, 2022

The New Hampshire House did the state a service this week in sustaining a gubernatorial veto of legislation that would overturn the long-held tradition of having state political primaries in the fall. Next year, it should make quick work of spiking a bill that would be worse than the first.

The continued efforts at both state and national levels to “forgive” student loans would stick taxpayers with even more debt while only encouraging the real source of the problem: rampant, incessant, and totally unjustified increases in post-secondary education costs. Colleges and universiti…

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The New Hampshire Legislature meets today for the first time in the new year. One piece of legislation carried over from last year would require that local agencies provide 24 hours’ public notice whenever federal officials set up highway checkpoints to apprehend persons who have entered the…

The New Hampshire statute intended to prevent classroom discrimination based on a pupil’s race, gender, or religion sounds a lot like the State of Colorado’s constitutional prohibition against “any distinction or classification of pupils…on account of race or color.” The latter was adopted i…