A key to the Granite State’s continued success may be found in its state Senate, where enough conservative Republicans have held on even in their current minority status.

One week from Tuesday, voters have several opportunities to strengthen that core group. In particular, in the North Country’s District 1, state Rep. Erin Hennessey has agreed to step up to an important Senate seat.

Hennessey already does much for her district as a House Finance Committee member and as a hospital trustee. Independent-minded, she will add much to protecting the New Hampshire Advantage.

Likewise, two former senators who were narrowly upset in previous elections have agreed to stand for election again. Gary Daniels of Milford is in District 11. A military veteran, he has served in hometown office as well as state representative. His finance expertise has been invaluable in the Senate.

Likewise, in District 23, William Gannon was a solid Senate conservative before losing two years ago by the slimmest of margins. A lawyer, he resides in Sandown and served ably on the Judiciary and Transportation committees in his past Senate term. Voters would do well to choose Gannon over his likeable but liberal opponent.

In Manchester, we commend to District 16 voters Republican Jason Syversen. Having successfully founded, run and sold a cybersecurity firm, he and his wife have been working as volunteers to help vulnerable women and children.

Syversen is a longshot against an entrenched labor union incumbent. But longshots sometimes come in. If this one did, the voters would be the winners.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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The exact quote and circumstances have been beclouded by the years, but it is generally accepted that President Theodore Roosevelt, frustrated with the antics of his eldest daughter, once observed: “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It was nice to read in the most recent New Hampshire Sunday News that flu cases in 2020 have dropped to almost nothing. Doctors are pointing to the COVID-19 precautions of wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and frequent handwashing as the reason for the lack of influenza cases.

New Hampshire police have a very difficult and often dangerous job keeping the citizens of our great state protected. We support them in their mission.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Asked at his press conference last Thursday why teachers aren’t getting first priority for vaccinations, Gov. Chris Sununu noted that teachers deal with the age group least susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19. He also said that if a teacher is age 65 or over, or has serious health conditi…

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sorry, but we don’t buy the New Hampshire GOP’s “cutting the line” complaint against our two U.S. senators for getting vaccinated last week anymore than we buy the Democrat response that the Republicans had “crossed the line” by “viciously attacking female members of Congress.”

The state’s electronic message boards along our highways can be helpful in emergencies and when traffic backups warn that a different route might be in order. When not used for traffic information, however, things can get confusing.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021

We don’t know about the students, but the Manchester School Board and district officials have real trouble with numbers. Just over two years ago, they paid an outside consultant to tell them they were going to need more space at the elementary level because those schools were overcrowded. Le…

The lack of proper security at the U.S. Capitol last week was frightening and appalling. Some called Jan. 6 a day, like Pearl Harbor, that will live in infamy. We agree. It should also invoke the equally historic phrase of “never again.”

Friday, January 08, 2021

Wednesday’s rioting and insurrection in Washington, D.C., underlined the importance of yesterday’s inaugural ceremonies in Concord being a public event. Indeed, the Washington spectacle makes it all the more vital that such business be conducted in public. Regrettably, Gov. Chris Sununu had …