Cabinet Editorials

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. ...

Tillerson has to leave like a champ

So, here’s what has to happen: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has to find a reasonable, intelligent, believable way to say … I HATE THIS JOB. I QUIT. Without saying I hate this job, I quit. He’s got to get out with his dignity intact. OK, it’s too late for that, but he’s got to get ...

‘Casablanca’ is never out of date

An open, and of course charming, letter to Dennis Markaverich, owner of Wilton’s Town Hall Theatre, a letter to which I trust you will all add your psychic signitures: Dear Dennis, As you probably know, being the film buff that you are, Nov. 26 is the 75th anniversary of the release of ...

It’s ‘Just the beginning’

Wilton keeps moving forward with plans to improve the attraction to its lovely downtown. Recently, the town applied for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation already held by its historic Town Hall. Now, on Friday, Wilton will officially open its downtown river walk. ...

Tackle football participation needs rethought

It is long past time for parents to seriously reconsider allowing their children to participate in tackle football games, especially those kids who are age 12 and under. We’ve known for some time that getting hit in the head, even if those hits don’t cause concussions, could cause long-term ...

Stupid songs: Just sing away

Recently, as Kathy and I were driving to New Jersey, we picked up a Worcester radio station, WCW, or something like that, that was playing oldies, and on came a live version of “You Were Mine” by the Fireflies. It brought back this memory of the time I was slugged by Pat, as in Patricia, ...

Selectmen made right call on Brox issue

Milford’s Board of Selectmen made the right decision when it adopted a rule prohibiting shooting at the town-owned Brox property. Two selectmen, Gary Daniels and Mike Putnam, voted against the rule – in other words, they thought it was fine for shooters to disturb the peace and quiet of a ...

Watch out for scams related to relief effort

For all of the wonderful stories coming out of Houston about neighbors helping neighbors and people all over the country sending money and other forms of aid to the flood-ravaged region, we have to remember that in every disaster, there are people who come out from under their rocks to try to ...

Who’s at fault for Electoral College flub?

I’m all for blame. You got an issue you can’t resolve? Blame somebody. You don’t like something that happened? Blame anybody. Blaming everybody is good, too. As the Old Crone said to Edmund Lord Blackadder when he asked her advice on concealing his love for his manservant, Bob: “Kill ...

Fate of Keyes Park building still in limbo

Let’s see if we can figure out how this works: Milford officials form a committee and charge it to plan the future of Keyes Memorial Park, including what to do with a large, empty building at the west end of the site. The committee presents its report to the Milford Board of Selectmen with ...

What vanity moose plates say to others

The other day I went to Lyndeborough Town Hall to register my new 2012 Prius from Horseless Carriage, which is beginning to seem like my second home, and told Trish, the town clerk, I wanted moose plates and she asked, “Do you want moose vanity plates? Because if you do, you have to get them ...

Sedlar defends Am title

GRANTHAM – There was never a doubt. Chelsea Sedlar fired a 2-over-par 71 to run away with her second straight New Hampshire Women’s Amateur golf championship on Wednesday at Eastman Golf Links. The 19-year-old Merrimack native cleared the field by 11 strokes and became the first golfer to ...