Cabinet Editorials

Thumbing the Files for Feb. 1

75 years ago, 1943 The Milford Ration Board was receiving frequent anonymous complaints against the misuse of gasoline and fuel oil and said some letters were obviously written as a spite complaint against a neighbor. The board said it was not interested in spite action, nor unsigned ...

Granite Hammer is making impact

Here are a few headlines to ponder: • Operation Granite Hammer nets four drug-related arrests. • Nashua police arrest 22 for drug crimes in Granite Hammer crackdown. • Granite Hammer nets four drug arrests in Portsmouth. Despite headlines like this, there has been some skepticism ...

Thumbing the Files for Jan. 25

75 years ago, 1943 The Finnish people of Milford raised another $42.40 for the Red Cross with a coffee party. Real coffee with real cream ... “made the party something out of the ordinary in this period of rationing and shortages.” The Lyndeborough Center school bus driven by Edward ...

16 things every citizen should know about town meetings

“The N.H. Supreme Court has said time and again that technical rules will not be used to defeat the plain intent of the voters, using ordinary common language.” Editor’s Note: This article, written by H. Bernard Waugh, Jr., then New Hampshire Municipal Association legal counsel, first ...

For the birds

From my kitchen window I can see a male and female cardinal, red and brown against the snow and far more colorful than the juncos who come every day to feed on the seed I leave for them and then come the bluejays who delight in chasing away the juncos who only come back when the bluejays leave ...

Capital reserve fund basics

One member, and perhaps more, of the Milford Advisory Town Budget Committee, is concerned that voters will have a hard time understanding the concept of capital reserve funds, something new to the town last year. So, said Peg Seward, who has been around long enough to know how Milford folks ...

Women’s March

Wilton Peace Action is taking action again, this time on Saturday, to honor the first anniversary of the Women’s March, which will be celebrated the next day. What the Wilton group is involved in is called a Sister Event, and those will be held all over the nation as women continue their ...

Passing thoughts

Anyone remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers? They were the favorite snack food of Donovan Withers, the 4-year-old son of Penny Lane, whose real name was Janice Withers and who lived at Rotchdale, a commune in New Haven when I was working in the city in 1970. I met Penny – she did not answer to ...

Thumbing the Files for Jan. 18, 2018

75 years ago, 1943 In a letter to The Cabinet, Milford’s Richard MacKenzie, writing from Fort Jackson, S.C., said, “ ... having seven years in the clothing business, I thought I would land in the Quartermaster Corps, but to my surprise I’m in the Anti-Tank Company, 397th ...

The ant and the grasshopper

The frigid temperatures of the past week caught many folks unprepared. They found themselves low on heating oil and suddenly local companies – indeed, companies throughout the region – were flooded with calls from people crying for help. As you can imagine, our local companies did the ...

Thumbing the Files For Jan. 11, 2018

75 years ago, 1943 The Cabinet raised its subscription price to $2.50 per year. Even though the Office of Price Administration had banned pleasure driving in 17 East Coast states, sports officials decided that the Milford-Wilton basketball game would go on as scheduled with Wilton traveling ...

Could we see pot islands popping up?

I have never been to New Zealand and will never go, I’m sure, but I suddenly have GREAT LOVE for this island country. I’ve always kind of liked it because I listened to Radio Aukland, a classical station that also gives New Zealand news, so I know about accidents on the highways and cold ...

Portsmouth idea worth implementing

Portsmouth officials, working with Wentworth Senior Living, a senior living community in that city, has, in the words of a press release posted on Seacoast Online, “initiated a movement to become the first dementia friendly city in New Hampshire.” Also involved are Portsmouth Senior ...

Be grateful for what you have

As we prepare to enter another new year, perhaps its time to reflect on how good we have it in this country, and we were reminded of this in producing a Thumbing the Files column for an issue in January 2018 when we read this item: “So as not to violate the Office Of Price ...

Cell phones may be able to battle addiction, relapses

First, let me thank you for taking a moment to read this. My objective in writing this is to initiate development of a tool to help our family and friends. The tool would be: The tragedies of relapse are the loss of life, health, job, education progress and family. The impact of relapse is a ...

Being honest with 2018 resolutions

Sigh. I suppose it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, so here’s mine: I will keep the resolution I made about 50 years ago to never make a New Year’s resolution. I have been quite successful at keeping this resolution, I am proud to say. Oh, I could have, over the years, ...

Just say ‘Merry Christmas’

Once again, we are at the time of year where so many of us are careful in how we greet people, even our friends in some cases. Is it all right to say “Merry Christmas” if you aren’t sure that someone celebrates this Christian holiday? We believe that it is. Here’s why: In wishing ...

Thanks to those who keep us safe on the roads

Well, we’ve had two snow incidents so far this year and by the time you read this, we might have hit three. Perhaps four. It’s winter in New Hampshire. Even if it is still just two – we hesitate to call them storms; the first was kind of nothing, the second a bit more, but still – our ...

Go forth and spread the joy!

With Christmas nearly upon us and so many of us prepared to watch “A Christmas Carol” (and one can only hope it’s the Alastair Sim version), I suddenly thought of this quote because, after all, central to “A Christmas Carol” are ghosts. Ohhhhhhh, ghosts. No, that’s not the quote. ...

Thumbing the Files for Dec. 21

75 years ago, 1942 “Hostile” aircraft swooped over Milford, dropping high explosives and incendiaries everywhere, in a theoretical raid to furnish practice for local civilian defense. The first blue war bond banner to flutter in the Souhegan Valley was atop the People’s Laundry ...