Cabinet Editorials

What kind of society do we want to be?

We know, of course, that in a time when 28 people can be massacred in a Texas church that the welfare of a dozen kittens pales. But the abandonment of those kittens in Hollis still says something, something about the cruel individual who abandoned them, that’s for sure, but we wonder, too, ...

Let’s discuss Daylight Saving Time

For many a year, The Cabinet has editorialized against Daylight Saving Time. We said it made no sense; we said there were no longer enough farmers (for whom it was created) to warrant its continuation. Stay with Eastern Standard Time, we said. Recently, we have been listening to new ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1941 In London, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. G.M. Barnes was quoted as saying that the British and Americans were producing a secret weapon that would prove “a great surprise” to the Germans. He did not hint at what type the weapon was. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing ...

Lunkhead of the year…

Here we are in mid-November and fortunate to have an early Christmas present: From the “State-by-State” column in USA Today, we have two choices for lunkhead of the year. Or the month. Or whatever you choose. You can vote any way you choose, but only vote more than once if you grew up in ...

Ice hockey a great idea; others possible

Hockey is a wonderful sport, and the idea that Milford High School is considering forming a team undoubtedly has a lot of folks, and MHS students, excited. Milford officials are taking a hard look into this, as they should, because there are problems associated with hockey, not the least of ...

Caution while hiking is imperative

Many people who live in New Hampshire and many people who visit the Granite State love to hike. We have plenty of great places to wander the woods and hills and mountains and it’s great to see people out there. But we all need to remember this: When you go, make sure you have everything you ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Richards observed their 60th wedding anniversary at their South Lyndeborough home. She was the former Elizabeth Hartshorn and they were married in 1882 in Lyndeborough. Harriet Cleaves was appointed captain of the reorganized Wilton High School Safety ...

Endangered snakes being harmed in Milford

Preparations for a massive, commercial gravel operation are underway at Milford’s town-owned land purchased from Brox Industries in 2000. A state Alteration of Terrain permit was issued on Sept. 18. This land is home to the state-endangered Eastern Hognose Snake and is characterized as an ...

‘The Birds’ is for the birds

I like old movies. Not all of them, no, not the top hat and tails movies of the 1930s, but lots of old movies, even some not terribly old. So the other day, I got from the Lyndeborough library “The Birds,” which I hadn’t seen since in first came out more than 50 years ago, and I’d ...

Boys & Girls Club taking aim at crisis

While too many public officials dither, the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley is actually doing something to combat the opioid crisis which has brought New Hampshire the dubious distinction of being second in the nation to West Virginia in the number of opioid-related deaths. Our state ...

‘Cell Phone Zombies’ a real problem

If you cross a street while looking down at your phone, reading what must be your incredibly important email – perhaps the president has asked you to negotiate with North Korea – you are what is known as a Cell Phone Zombie. That is not something of which to be proud, but it is something ...

SB 193 should be a major concern

If you are a New Hampshire parent, you may be aware of SB 193. If you pay property taxes in Milford, or any other town in the state, you should be concerned about SB 193. SB 193, the educational zombie bill that just won’t die, did not make it out of the House Education Committee in the ...

Let’s balance the scales

Some towns in Massachusetts are debating what to do about the term “selectman” when more and more women are serving on town governing bodies. They are trying to come up with a neutral term, most of the suggestions already pretty awful (like “selector”) but there is one suggestion that ...

Cameras in schools a good idea

Frank Brown made a great point recently when he spoke at a forum on security at Souhegan High School where some of the primary issues are whether to install cameras in the school and end Souhegan’s open campus philosophy. Brown, an Amherst resident, pointed out that in this day and age, ...

Freedom of press is vital

Here is a news item, picked up from The Hill website, that will, we hope, open the eyes of anyone who questions the importance of a free press: “Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., is withdrawing his name from consideration as the nation’s drug czar, President Trump announced recently. “The ...

Some children truly are left behind

Let’s talk about a kid named Kyle Thompson. Kyle is 14 years old, a freshman in high school and a star member of the football team. He’s got a lot of friends, and is liked by a majority of the staff members – especially with his straight-A record. Like most freshmen, Kyle can get a bit ...

Fla. candidate has some sense

Friends, I have a new hero. She is Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who wants to be one of the U.S. congresspeople from Florida. She is running in the Republican primary there. Oh, how I hope she wins. You might, of course, wonder why. Well, as the former managing editor of Saucer News (the ...

Some things to ponder

• The usual warning has come down from Concord: If you go into the woods this time of year, put on bright orange clothing, especially fluorescent orange hats, vests or jackets. Yes, it’s hunting season and it’s time to be wary. Most hunters take care before they shoot, but not everyone ...

‘Walk, Johnny, Walk’

Wilton Town Administrator Scott Butcher, in a recent meeting with the Board of Selectmen, said something we really like. In discussing some of the town’s projects, he mentioned being part of the Safe Routes to School Program and how a crosswalk near the police station fits into that. Well, he ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1942 From his lookout station on Federal Hill in Milford, George R. Foster reported that fall foliage was at its best with maples and sumach unusually brilliant. The Milford Draft Board sent 13 men to be examined by Army physicians at the Manchester induction center. The Rev. ...