Cabinet Editorials

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 ...

Good News

Sometimes we are fortunate to have a week where there is lots of good news, not only locally but globally. Oh, there is always bad news, of course, and newspapers, as we well know, thrive on bad news, not because they like it so much but because it is usually the most important news – war, ...

Thumbing the Files for April 19

75 years ago, 1943 Andrew J. Raymond, chairman of Amherst’s war loan committee, said the town was still far short of the quota assigned for war bonds. The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “X Marks the Spot” with Damian O’Flynn, Helen Parish, and Dick Purcell, the story of ...

Hitchiner Manufacturing

In 1992 Milford officials held a Hitchiner Manufacturing Company Appreciation Week. From left, Town Administrator Lee Mayhew, Selectman Richard Mace, Hitchiner President Nicholas Babich, Selectman Peter Leishman, company Chairman John Morison and vice president Fred Lofgren.

A visit to Parnassus Books

Let me now tell you about my visit to Parnassus Books, the store owned by Ann Patchett who wrote “State of Wonder,” a book that is mostly brilliant but pretty scary once you get about halfway through Chapter 8. Parnassus is in Nashville, which is in Tennessee, which is somewhere I ...

Scams

We live in a time of increasingly sophisticated scam artists. Gone are the days when we simply got emails from Nigerian princes whose millions were stashed in a U.S. bank and could only be accessed by a U.S. citizen, and that citizen could be you, if only you would first send the prince $4,000 ...

Random Thoughts

Our thoughts about other things: Ah, judicial common sense reigns in Massachusetts, where a U.S. District judge, William Young, wrote that the state’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines does not violate the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. One can only ...

Thumbing the Files For April 12

75 years ago, 1943 Automobile registrations in Milford were down 13 percent from 1942 but still higher than expected with 785 cars registered. The Pinnacle Girls Victory Volunteers’ meeting was held at the South Lyndeborough school. Victory gardens and waste fats were discussed. Plans to ...

Passing thoughts

Here are some wandering thoughts that might interest you, and if they don’t, well ... just remember this line from Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary in a performance of “Puff the Magic Dragon” in a live concert in 1963: “Together we can sing it, “It’s just a children’s ...

Cornerstones

Nancy Morrison said something that was absolutely on point when she spoke at the recent Mont Vernon Town Meeting. In a discussion about a plan to build a new Daland Memorial Library – part of an overall proposal to renovate the Town Hall and the McCollom Building – she spoke in favor of ...

Well done

Good for Amherst voters. At the recent town elections, they approved two warrant articles that will benefit the town’s conservation commission and help to preserve part of what is essentially Amherst – it’s rural character. First, they backed a proposal to allow all of the Land Use ...

Yeah, they’re all schmucks

Sometimes it’s just too easy, and that was the case in determining March’s SCHMUCK OF THE MONTH. The honor goes – absolutely no contest – to Washington, D.C., Councilman Trayon White, Sr. who recently posted a video in which he warned of “climate manipulation” and blamed the ...

Thumbing the Files for March 29

75 years ago, 1943 Miss Adeline Chase, a former Red Cross nurse in Milford, was seriously injured when she was thrown from a horse in Philadelphia where she was supervisor of nurses at University Hospital. Lt. Charles Burpee, a 1933 graduate of Milford High School, led the first American ...

Change

It is now the Wilton Select Board, and that is a victory – a victory for women, of course, but also a victory for common sense. How could it remain a Board of Selectmen when a woman has been serving on it? The 2-1 vote to change the name is welcome and, we hope, a precursor to other ...

Responsibility

Not too long ago, we wondered in this space if New Hampshire law enforcement officials had forgotten to enforce the hands-free law. The law forbids using a phone while driving unless one could do so without holding the phone in one’s hands – thus the term “hands-free.” We are happy ...

The words of ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

Well, here’s a song I can’t get it out of my head, so I’m gonna share it with you in what is a searching, but probably vain, hope that it will end up in YOUR head and leave mine: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE By Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller One day while I was eating beans At Smokey ...

Thumbing the Files for March 15

75 years ago, 1943 The Rev. Ramkdishna Shahn Modaks, a minister from Bombay, India, was stuck in the snow on the Mohawk Trail in North Adams, Mass., and didn’t get to Mont Vernon to deliver a scheduled talk. They managed to make it to Nashua the next day. The New Hampshire Council of ...