Cabinet Editorials

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 ...

Courtesy on the streets works both ways

Last week, we reminded drivers that we have entered the time of year when bicycles and motorcycles are, as a bumper sticker says, everywhere, and asked motorists to be alert for them and – especially in the case of bicycle riders – to show courtesy. Bicycle riders, we should remember, have ...

Spring joy – for turtles, snakes

One could argue that logging on Milford’s Brox property will not be all that onerous for concerned conservationists or abutters because, after all, it will only go on for three to five days. But those who would argue such a point, we think, are folks who don’t understand the importance of ...

Hold on to that train of thought

I’ve been thinking about trains. You know what trains are: Those things that run on tracks that you can’t catch anywhere around here. Those things. And I’ve been thinking about them because when Kathy and I were in Portugal recently, we took a lot of trains. Well, actually, a total of ...

Be courteous: Clear off snow

It might seem a bit late in the year for this, but given that we live in New England, one can never be sure, so: Please clean snow and ice off the roofs of your vehicles. Just last week, someone could have been killed when ice flew off the roof of a truck and struck the windshield of a car ...

Spring means be alert for bikes

With the coming of spring and, one can hope, the end of our snow season, we need to be aware that bicycles and motorcycles will become more prevalent on streets and highways. The recent accident in Wilton is a clear reminder that not everyone on the road is in a car. We have no idea what ...

Knowing everything about nothing

WASHINGTON (KNNS) – The Trump administration is expected to issue an executive order calling for stronger and perhaps more painful vetting of Republican congressional candidates, including incumbents, The Know Nothing News Service has learned. The move comes just days after Congress failed to ...

Play the name game

Name a nation that says this: Cutting taxes for people who have a lot of money is more important than: 1. Meals on Wheels. 2. Mammograms for poor women. 3. Local food pantries. In that nation, organizations such as Share Outreach and Wilton’s Open Cupboard end up getting the short end of the ...

Bauer’s service benefit Milford

Kathy Bauer’s decision to no longer seek office in Milford is a loss to the community, but understandable given the number of years she has served, and served well. Bauer, whose final position was as a selectman, served Milford for 22 years, most of that on the Zoning Board, including several ...

Courtesy should rule the road

Someone we know was driving onto the Route 101 bypass the other day, entering from Route 13, heading toward Wilton. He came up the on-ramp with the foolish idea that drivers already on the bypass would be polite and let him enter. But first, a car held position to keep him out. Then, as he ...

An Easter egg actually is an Easter egg

Easter nears (it’s late April this year), and I got to wondering about the word: Easter. Is it still cool to use it? Or is it going to be like Christmas, where you can use it but only in the privacy of your own home, or in church, but not out in public where innocent young minds could be ...

Equal decision for elections

So, which town or towns made the right call when a nasty storm hit on election day? Milford, Wilton, Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough, which postponed, or Amherst, which let its voting go ahead as planned? This being New Hampshire, someone is going to be unhappy about something, either the ...

Libraries offer real books to read

As the New Hampshire State Library celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, we are reminded that not everyone appreciates the value of libraries in this digital age. Indeed, a local official recently said he saw little value in libraries because when he wants to read something, he does it on ...

Wilton voters to express concerns

Voters at Wilton’s Town Meeting will have the usual list of warrant articles to decide, but this year, thanks to residents’ petitions, they’ll have two that involve the ongoing national debate over immigration. In the first, voters are asked to vote on this: In order to ensure that ...

Not trustworthy communication

The Milford town and school Voters Guide says this: “All candidates were presented the opportunity to submit profiles.” Well, yes, except … they weren’t. One of the things everyone was forced to learn early in the age of email is this: Never trust it. Never assume that an email got to ...

Wood a pragmatic, honest candidate

Over these past several years, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of Richard Wood as a member and as chairman of the Milford School Budget Advisory Committee. Rick is honest, pragmatic and has insight into the Milford School ...

Shooting ‘rule’ is a no-brainer

This should be an easy decision for the Milford Board of Selectmen: Ban shooting, other than legitimate hunting, on the town-owned Brox property. There is no reason not to. Recently, Police Chief Michael Viola and Capt. Craig Frye asked the board to do just that, preferring an ordinance that ...

Forum good for town, taxpayers

Hats off, again, to the Milford Improvement Team and town officials for their move a few years ago to start the “Make-It Milford” event, a session that invites businesspeople to learn about the town, what it can offer and why they should move or expand their businesses there. The event will ...

Help celebrate Youth of the Year program

To the Editor: The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley’s Youth of the Year program celebrates teens whose club experience has empowered them to find their voice and achieve success through after-school experiences rooted in what matters to them most: choice, access and passion. These ...

Challenges ‘inevitably unite us’

I am 34 years old, have stage 4 cancer, am on disability and was enrolledin Medicaid through the ACA expansion after getting diagnosed. Whether that is under threat with the ACA repeal, I can’t seem to get a straight answer. In any case, I was unable to make it to recent town hall meetings to ...