Cabinet Editorials

Time to heed words of advice

We live in a scary world, and the adage “Better safe than sorry” has meanings it never had in the past. That is one message we can take away from our story last week about two Souhegan High School resource officers asking the school board to add greater measures to ensure the safety of ...

Better is better… so get over it

A column by Shara Springer in The Sunday Globe recently about getting “chicked” reminded me of the time I was struck out flailing by a Wilton high school softball pitcher. And “flailing” is the proper word. First, a few words about getting “chicked” courtesy of Springer. “Have you ...

When you are out, you must call in

When did it begin? When, I demand to know, did people start using the phrase “called out sick” to explain why they hadn’t gone to work on a particular day? I’ve been hearing it for a few years, but I think only up here in New England, never in New Jersey or Florida or Colorado, where I ...

Maher incident a sad commentary

So Bill Maher is back on television, and apparently all is forgiven. Maher was away for a short time after using the “N” word in what was apparently an offhand reply to something said by his guest, Sen. Ben Sasse, and apparently hoped he’d get a laugh. And he did. Not a great guffaw from ...

Treaty still offers valuable lessons

On Sept. 5, 1905, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, a document was signed with great fanfare and greeted with glee by President Teddy Roosevelt. Nearly forgotten now, that document was The Treaty of Portsmouth. It officially ended the Russo-Japanese War and earned Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace ...

Support leads to success stories

It’s always nice to read an inspiring story, and in last week’s Cabinet, there was the tale of Olivia Smith, who graduated last week from Souhegan High School, and how she overcame the early tough times in her life to rise to college acceptance. Here’s the crux as we reported and that ...

Seeking the song’s hidden meaning

OK, because I am old, I am hip to a lot of music that a lot of you would know nothing about because you aren’t old – or maybe you are, but just aren’t interested, which is unfortunate because you’ll be missing a lot. And I have a lot of “oldies” CDs, like “The Only Do-Wop ...

Issues arise with fearless bears

News stories about the bears that broke into a Hanover home have been using the word “domesticated,” as if the animals were housebroken pets. “Domesticated” is the kind of word we use when we don’t understand what we’re talking about, or because we just don’t care about the proper ...

People put bears in harm’s way

Because humans, as is our wont, would rather go our own ways than pay attention to the constant warnings from wildlife experts not to leave out bird feeders and not to leave garbage cans unsecured, four bears will likely be sent off to bear purgatory or perhaps eventually put to death. And ...

It’s a cat’s world for us to clean up

Let us now discuss the ability of cats to communicate with one another over long distances and to use this ability to mess with the heads of humans. As proof, I give you the two cats of my friends Wendy and Dean and their children Joely and Anna – Zipper and Tiny – and my cat, Mandy. I had ...

Grown-ups should act grown up

I am embarrassed for the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their absurd and childish reaction to the passage, by four votes, of the Republicans’ health-no-care act should make each of them cringe with shame. Of course, it doesn’t. Nitwits. Here’s what should have happened ...

War memorial: It’s about time

Here is a comment with which we heartily agree. It was made by Jay Duffy, speaking at a recent meeting of the Milford selectmen: “It’s been 41 years since the fall of Saigon, and it’s time these men were recognized.” Duffy, a member of a group interested in constructing a memorial to ...

Varsity lacrosse a good decision

The Milford School Board’s approval of funding for girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse was the right decision, one that will allow 30 young women to compete against other schools as part of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and, much more important, be able to seek ...

Past time for athletes to be accountable

My new favorite person in the entire universe is Florida Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor, who, while presiding over the first appearance of a University of South Florida football player charged with sexual battery, not only gave him hell, but lashed out at his coach, who wasn’t even in the ...

Speech not free for all at school

Ah, The University of California-Berkeley. Once upon a time – 50 plus years ago – it stood for free speech and thank you again, Mario Savio. Today it stands for only the speech approved by a certain group of students. Students who want to hear other forms of speech, say a talk by Ann ...

You’ve got the power to rescue

Here is something you absolutely should do this weekend: Get to the Power of Angels, Kitty Angels Fundraiser at Treasures Antiques, Collectibles & More on Saturday and/or Sunday, both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a yearly event – we’ve mentioned it before and The Cabinet always ...

Redistricting bill failure no shock

Well, of course it failed: State Rep. Shannon Chandley, a Democrat, told Amherst selectmen recently that one of the bills she sponsored – a bill that would have established an independent redistricting committee to take redistricting out of the hands of a majority party – was defeated. Oh, ...

There’s really no place like dome

Oh, this is a good idea: Don’t we all just hate it when we load up our vehicles and drive all the way to the local transfer station – or, in our western towns, the Wilton Recycling Center – only to find that it’s absolutely mobbed and we have to wait a really long time, perhaps as long ...

Shooting plan misses target

Here’s an idea whose time should never come: Having a group of residents plan to supervise a target shooting area on Milford’s town-owned Brox property. The road to hell, etc. We don’t doubt that people have good intentions initially. People always believe they will have enough time, ...

Reflecting on missed opportunity

I missed my chance with Harry Belafonte. Many years ago, Kathy, Sara and I went to New York to see “Angels in America,” and at intermission, I went to the men’s room, where I found myself standing between John Lithgow on my left, to whom I had nothing to say, and Belafonte on my right, to ...