Cabinet Editorials

Valuable lesson

What is happening between the school boards of Mont Vernon and Amherst is a lesson in cooperation from which everyone can take note. The two boards are working together to figure out a way to deal with kindergarten class size issues and when we say “working together,” we mean it. And ...

Some random thoughts

My wife had to deal with the howling beast known as Mandy while I was away for two days recently. She times the start of her day to when I get up - 4 a.m. If I’m not downstairs by then, she sits on the kitchen table - she’s forbidden to sit on the kitchen table, but we’re in bed, so she ...

George, I remember you

Millions of people across the country have seen the Moving Wall honoring the more than 58,000 Americans who died during the Vietnam War. What they haven’t seen is this name: George Poor. George, a kid from Hillsdale, N.J., was killed only three months after arriving in Vietnam and his ...

Enjoyment and pride

Sometimes a picture says even more than 1,000 words and that was the case with our Page 1 photo last week of Paul Spiess holding aloft his Amherst Citizen of the Year trophy. The photo tells us of Spiess’s pride in being so honored, it says joy, it says thank you, it says community. This ...

Reminder

The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall arrived in Amherst today. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, its four-day stay officially begins. The word “moving” is apropos in at least two ways: The wall does move from place to place, but anyone who sees it, who reads those thousands of names etched into it, will ...

Thumbing the Files for July 19

71 years ago, 1947 Richard Carpenter won the Milford playground horseshoe tournament for junior and senior boys. In a brief mention in his editorial column, “The Observer,” William B. Rotch wrote about North Carolina where “a colored man was refused the prize he won in a raffle, a ...

McAllister Bronze Star

Sgt. Roger McAllister was a 24-year-old Army ranger from Milford when he was killed in Vietnam on Mother’s Day 1965. In the photo, his children Gary and Roger, and their mother, Rita, receive his Bronze Star. McAllister’s name is on the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall that is scheduled to be ...

Some random tidbits

All righty, then. Let’s look at some headlines from the New York tabloids, and one from The Hill, from last week. First, from The Hill’s website: “Fla. police chief told officers to pin unsolved crimes on random black people.” Friends, talk about proactive police work. Well ... ...

It’s the lady with the dog in her purse’s fault

All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable Excuse number seven, those irritating miscellaneous shop charges. In our last Article we discussed the expense item on the bill “hazardous waste removal”, and we ...

Keeping and open mind

You might think that a Gay Pride rally that drew 15 people would not be considered a great success, but we would beg to disagree. On the contrary, for the first such rally on the Milford Oval, it was a fine start, aided by the number of people who honked their car horns in support as they ...

Being safe

An organization called Everytown for Gun Safety, which bills itself as the country’s largest gun violence prevention organization, recently issued a report showing that “dozens of states have passed laws to establish or improve their mental health records reporting systems, resulting in a ...

It’s the lady with the dog in her purse’s fault

All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable Excuse number six, it’s the fault of the rivers that caught on fire. In our last Article we discussed the expense tradeoff between dealer ambiance, and paying for ...

Thumbing the Files for July 12

71 years ago, 1947 The tourist information booth on the Milford Oval, shut down during the war, opened at the north end of the Oval. Funds for the booth were provided by the state Planning and Development Commission and the Monadnock Region Association. At Milford’s High Diving Pool, ...

Goss Park

This photo, from 1979, was taken at Goss Park, the Wilton and Lyndeboroough summer recreation area that was created in the 1950s after Jennie M. Goss contributed 14 acres for community recreation use. Over the years facilities grew to include a pavilion, snack bar, basketball court, tennis ...

World Cup excitement

“ I ache in the places where I used to play.” – Leonard Cohen, “Tower of Song” Yeah, I thought of that as I wandered the very hot streets of Montreal recently, sometimes waiting for a World Cup match to start so I could get a seat at Bar Bifteck, or sometimes heading down to the ...

Support local protests

It’s impossible to know why Donald Trump finally ended his heartless policy of separating children from their parents when they illegally crossed our borders. He said it was because he so disliked those separations, but if that were the case, he wouldn’t have chosen to enforce this policy ...

Thumbing the Files for June 28

75 years ago, 1943 Ideas and suggestions calculated to aid the busy housewife and streamline her household duties so that she would have more time for war work were to be discussed at a meeting of the Health for Victory Club in Milford Town Hall. The State Theatre in Nashua was showing ...

1975 Celebration

Milford does not traditionally have an Independence Day parade, but it had a huge one in 1975, the year before the nation’s bicentennial.

Parts prices dilemma is real

All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable Excuse No. 4, the parts price dilemma. In our last article, we discussed how the salesperson who is kept in the dark can sell you a model car that can cost you ...

Mo money, mo money, mo money

You know I don’t like to speak for you, but in this case I am so certain that you agree with me that I’m going to speak for you and say that I know that you have a sense of great relief after having read this headline in USA Today recently: “Millionaires’ wealth up 11%, tops $70 ...