Merrimack voters have an election to decide this coming Tuesday, April 13. They lost a fine House representative in December with the sudden death of Dick Hinch. Hinch was a steady and reliable citizen politician. His loss weighed heavily not just on Merrimack but on the Republican Party as a whole. He ably served as House Majority Leader before being elected House Speaker just a week before his death due to COVID-19 complications.

In Bill Boyd, Merrimack voters have a solid and well-known choice to replace Hinch. Boyd won their approval as a town councilor beginning in 2011. He has won their support four times now and is currently council vice chair. He has willingly taken on council assignments, including to the planning board and regional planning commission; and he stepped up when Gov. Chris Sununu asked him to serve on the state Drinking and Ground Water Advisory Commission. Water issues are very important, as Merrimack residents well know.

Boyd’s Democratic opponent, Wendy Thomas, says she would fight a bear if it threatened her children. That’s admirable. But at last check, she had yet to tell voters where she stands on a state sales or income tax. If she can’t give a clear yes or no to that issue, the bear-fighting thing isn’t going to really help in Concord. Boyd opposes those broad-based taxes. We will leave it at that.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Is New Hampshire no longer the Live Free or Die state? When did it become so government-controlling as to dictate what type of drinks may be served at one’s ax-throwing emporium?

Amuri Diole should never have been released from state custody. That he was, and is now charged with a brutal assault and rape mere yards away from the jail that held him, is a travesty of justice and a mastery of finger-pointing.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The numbers of minority students in Manchester and Nashua public charter schools (a lower percentage than in other city schools) are neither surprising nor should they be considered discouraging. Charter schools are all about providing innovative alternatives to the traditional public school…

Don’t worry, White people. It’s not your fault that you are racists and that New Hampshire, like the nation, is rife with “systemic racism.” You just don’t know any better. You have “an overly simplistic and inaccurate view of racism.”

Sunday, May 02, 2021

A bill to make public the small list of current New Hampshire police officers who have had credibility issues should not have been necessary. But unanimous passage by the state Senate last week was nonetheless welcome. The House should follow suit.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Listening to President Joe Biden’s congressional speech this week put us in mind of a conservative’s observation about big-government Democrats and their ideology.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina gave the official Republican response to President Biden’s address this week. If the GOP ever hopes to recover from its 2020 losses, it will keep Scott in the spotlight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Manchester is losing a valued public servant with the resignation of Ward 9 School Board member Arthur Beaudry. He is moving to Somersworth with his family. The Hilltoppers community would be wise to sign him up for something.