Opinion

Why our tax system makes little sense

Bedford Letters

A recent letter to the editor complained repealing the estate tax made no sense (i.e., to the writer), but our disagreements on taxes are because we hold two fundamentally and irreconcilably differing views of the objectives of taxes, government and the Constitution. Does the government and ...

The ant and the grasshopper

Cabinet Editorials

The frigid temperatures of the past week caught many folks unprepared. They found themselves low on heating oil and suddenly local companies – indeed, companies throughout the region – were flooded with calls from people crying for help. As you can imagine, our local companies did the ...

Thumbing the Files For Jan. 11, 2018

Cabinet Editorials

75 years ago, 1943 The Cabinet raised its subscription price to $2.50 per year. Even though the Office of Price Administration had banned pleasure driving in 17 East Coast states, sports officials decided that the Milford-Wilton basketball game would go on as scheduled with Wilton traveling ...

Could we see pot islands popping up?

Cabinet Editorials

I have never been to New Zealand and will never go, I’m sure, but I suddenly have GREAT LOVE for this island country. I’ve always kind of liked it because I listened to Radio Aukland, a classical station that also gives New Zealand news, so I know about accidents on the highways and cold ...

For the people of New Hampshire

Cabinet Letters

On Jan. 17, the Public Works and Highways House Committee will be hearing testimony on HB 1706. The bill reinstates the financing for the Wild Goose boat launch on Lake Sunapee killed by the Senate in the last term and buried by the governor shortly thereafter. Very briefly, after all, there ...

We can do better

Cabinet Letters

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its annual data findings on U.S. drug overdose deaths. Once again, New Hampshire was featured as one of the top ranking U.S. states for drug overdose death rates in the country (No. 3). In October, UNH’s Granite State Poll ...

Renovation

Cabinet Letters

As the architect of the original building in 1980 and of the addition in 1996, I am concerned that Kathy Cleveland’s article on her interview with chief Mark Reams may be misinterpreted: When a detainee is released from the cell area there are four ways to get him/her out of the building – ...

Portsmouth idea worth implementing

Cabinet Editorials

Portsmouth officials, working with Wentworth Senior Living, a senior living community in that city, has, in the words of a press release posted on Seacoast Online, “initiated a movement to become the first dementia friendly city in New Hampshire.” Also involved are Portsmouth Senior ...

Be grateful for what you have

Cabinet Editorials

As we prepare to enter another new year, perhaps its time to reflect on how good we have it in this country, and we were reminded of this in producing a Thumbing the Files column for an issue in January 2018 when we read this item: “So as not to violate the Office Of Price ...

Cell phones may be able to battle addiction, relapses

Cabinet Editorials

First, let me thank you for taking a moment to read this. My objective in writing this is to initiate development of a tool to help our family and friends. The tool would be: The tragedies of relapse are the loss of life, health, job, education progress and family. The impact of relapse is a ...

Being honest with 2018 resolutions

Cabinet Editorials

Sigh. I suppose it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, so here’s mine: I will keep the resolution I made about 50 years ago to never make a New Year’s resolution. I have been quite successful at keeping this resolution, I am proud to say. Oh, I could have, over the years, ...

Toll increase needed

Cabinet Letters

New Hampshire needs to spend money to fix its crumbling bridges and roads. Who wants to be driving over a red-listed bridge when it collapses? No one I know. Yet, as reported in The Telegraph on Dec. 22, “Sununu rejects toll increase.” This, after three of five Executive Councilors favored ...

Future looks bleak

Cabinet Letters

I recently retired after having taught for 35 years. I feel compelled to share my concern for the future of teaching in New Hampshire. Many educators, like myself, who entered the profession for the love and art of teaching, are now discouraging young adults from doing the same. Why? New ...

Consuming wealth

Cabinet Letters

The critics of tax cuts use terms which cause me to believe that they have no understanding of taxes, earnings, wealth creation or much of anything about how our economic system works. They talk about “windfalls” for “the rich,” and the government “giving” to the wealthy. Yet ...

Public hearing set

Cabinet Letters

The Amherst Town Ways and Means Committee is chartered to examine and provide an Outside point of view on all planned appropriations and finances of the town. To do so, W&M has spent the last several months reviewing records of the town’s revenues and expenditures and understanding the ...

Fortunate

Cabinet Letters

“It’s a Wonderful Life” here in Wilton. On Dec. 17, people streamed into the Town Hall Theater carrying food items for the Open Cupboard Pantry, the only admission charge. Like George Bailey and the Bailey Savings and Loan, Dennis Markaverich and his Town Hall Theater have always put ...

Giving thanks

Cabinet Letters

At the close of a year, it is all together proper and fitting to reflect on that year. And it is right and good to give thanks where thanks is due. This is especially true of this time and place in the year 2017. As it did from the beginning, in 1971, the Milford Cabinet again in 2017 ...

Budget time

Cabinet Letters

The Milford School administrators, school board members and teacher’s union are currently finalizing the school proposed budget for the 2018/2019 school year that will start next July 1. As a Milford homeowner, I have concerns over the growth of the school tax rate, up around 26 percent ...

Just say ‘Merry Christmas’

Cabinet Editorials

Once again, we are at the time of year where so many of us are careful in how we greet people, even our friends in some cases. Is it all right to say “Merry Christmas” if you aren’t sure that someone celebrates this Christian holiday? We believe that it is. Here’s why: In wishing ...

Thanks to those who keep us safe on the roads

Cabinet Editorials

Well, we’ve had two snow incidents so far this year and by the time you read this, we might have hit three. Perhaps four. It’s winter in New Hampshire. Even if it is still just two – we hesitate to call them storms; the first was kind of nothing, the second a bit more, but still – our ...