Cabinet Editorials

Getting it right and wrong

The Milford selectmen got it right when they voted not to allow a rainbow flag to fly on the town’s flag pole on the Oval. They also got it right when the agreed to designate June as Gay Pride Month in the community. But getting the Oval pole issue right doesn’t mean there is no way for ...

Excuse No. 3: Sometimes, the ‘salesman sells you the wrong car’

It’s Not Your 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 No. 3, the salesman sold you the wrong car. In our last Article we discussed idiot engineers who should have been flunked turning ...

Things that drive me crazy

There are four hummingbird feeders in our yard, all always stocked with sugar syrup that I make, yet the other day I watched two hummingbirds argue over the feeder on the deck. I yelled at them to play nice. They ignored me and continued to buzz one another in the kind of scene you’d see ...

Thumbing the Files For June 21

75 years ago, 1943 Under a special agreement between cigarette companies and American Legion posts across the nation, folks could buy cigarettes for a nickle a pack to have sent to men and women in uniform. Officials were considering a proposal for the federal government to establish a ...

Is New Hampshire facing another education funding crisis?

In 1991, five communities-Claremont, Franklin, Lisbon, Pittsfield and Allenstown-sued the state, arguing that the education funding system was unconstitutional. The plaintiffs won the first round in 1993, when the Supreme Court ruled that education is a fundamental right under New ...

Moving Wall a strong symbol

In July, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall will come to Amherst and be set up in a large field at Souhegan High School. It is called the Moving Wall, because it travels around the country from place to place, but it is moving emotionally, too, especially for those who served in ...

Thumbing the Files for June 14

75 years ago, 1943 Christine H. Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Moore of Milford, and a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, reported for duty in North Africa. Amherst youngsters ranging in age from fifth graders to high school formed a drum and bugle corps under the ...

Bringing the dead back to life

The other day I was thinking about whom to call back from the dead and I came up with five names (this time): Miles Davis. Dave Brubeck. John Steinbeck. Fred Rogers. Jeff Cleveland. Ah, I see you want to know why, so I will tell you, but only because I like you. With Miles and ...

Spurring growth

Here’s how the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance describes the state law that allows Milford officials to offer a tax break to the people developing the old Boston Shoe Store site on the Oval. “RSA 79-E is a state law that encourages investment in downtowns and village centers. It ...

Books are magic

Anything that attracts people to a library is all right with us, so applause for the new Story Trail at Wilton’s Public-Gregg Free Library. According to library director Pat Fickett, the trail was created “to bring parents/caregivers onto the library gounds by creating an opportunity to ...

Thumbing the Files for May 24

75 years ago, 1943 Because of government orders to conserve fuel, the midday B and M bus from Nashua to Peterborough was cancelled, leaving one bus in the morning and one in the late afternoon. A Japanese two-man submarine, captured at the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, was being trucked ...

Remember those who serve

In two weeks, it will be Memorial Day, and this year it might behoove us to prepare for the holiday by thinking about John McCain, who now faces death as bravely as he faced torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans will spend the holiday paying ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1943 Miss Pauline Mason, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason of Mont Vernon, was the first girl in the secretarial-science class at Bay Path Institute of Commerce in Springfield, Mass., to be awarded a pin for typewriting at the rate of 75 words a minute. Lyndeborough ...

‘You don’t own me’

Let us talk about Lesley Gore. I was a year ahead of her in junior high school and never said two words to her and then she was gone, off to private school. And then she was famous with “It’s My Party” followed by “Judy’s Turn to Cry.” Followup songs were big in the early ‘60s. ...

Progress versus history

So, here we go again: Another piece of Milford history is for the chop. Years ago, it was the Stone House on Nashua Street. It was preserved, sort of. Now there’s a granite building on Tonella Road soon to fall to development, although the developer, kindly, as agreed to save the stones ...

Conscience

Who can blame Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for forcing out the House chaplain after the Rev. Pat Conroy prayed something as odious as suggesting that lawmakers, in voting on a tax cut bill, make sure “there are not winner and losers under the new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared ...

Thumbing the Files for May 10

75 years ago, 1943 It was believed that two escaped inmates of an industrial school were the persons who stole a car in Leominster, Mass. and abandoned it in Lyndeborough where three boxes of candy were found in the car and a rifle belonging to the car owner was found nearby. In war news, ...

Common decency, sense

In the age of Michelle Wolf, America is fortunate to have a supreme leader who sets a high moral example, a man of temperence, a man of virtue, a man who, unlike Wolf, does not demean others in search of a laugh, a man who treats others, especially women, as he would want to be treated, a man ...

Smart Move

Our story last week about Wilton’s Heritage Commission and Historical Society asking the Select Board to establish a right of way through private land to a 19th century cemetery brings into focus a dichotomy: When do the needs or rights of a town override the concept of private ...

Going Green

Can we all agree that it’s time to stop using plastic bags? Plastic anything, really. Plastic isn’t biodegradable and regardless of how we dispose of it, it’s not going to go away any time soon. If ever. With that, we can all applaud the efforts of the group Boomerang Bags, an ...