Cabinet Editorials

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 ...

Budget slashing is not necessary

Milford school officials, like those in the Wilton-Lyndeborough district, have decided to put full-day kindergarten on the March town warrant in the hope that voters will see the importance of such a program and understand that what appears to be a fairly minimal tax impact is worth a “yes” ...

Thumbing the Files for Dec. 14

75 years ago, 1942 Cpl. Caesar Falsani of Milford was in North Africa. There were four Rounala brothers, of Milford, in the service. Eli left for Fort Devens; Eino was at Camp White in Oregon; Henry was at Camp Claiborne, La., and Walter was at Fort Hancock, N.J. All were the sons of the Mr. ...

School costs prime driver of property taxes

When I ran for the Milford School Board last year, I was committed to making sure we could reign in increases to our school budgets and the ever-increasing property tax burden. Since then, I’ve been laser-focused on those issues which force any increase in our property taxes. The local ...

The view from the roof of the Kremlin

Well, I’m relieved. Vladimir Putin has announced that he will seek re-election to the presidency of Russia. Whew. I was afraid he might decide to ride off into the sunset and camp out at a ritzy dacha on some lake near the Urals but, no, he’s going to run again. I probably shouldn’t ...

‘Let the voters decide’

The school board and budget committee that oversee Wilton and Lyndeborough schools, along with the district’s Strategic Planning Committee, have made the right choice in deciding to put the issue of full-day kindergarten into a warrant article for March town meetings. “Let the voters ...

‘Who’s next’

About 50 years ago, a very clever songwriter, Tom Lehrer, wrote this lyric about The Bomb: “First we got the bomb and that was good, ‘cause we love peace and motherhood. “Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s OK, ‘cause the balance of power’s maintained that way. “Who’s ...

Thumbing the Files – For Dec. 7

75 years ago, 1942 Cpl. Rosario Ricciardi was at Fort Sheridan, Ill., for training. Sgt. Karl Ricciardi was with an armored regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. Souhegan Valley farmers, long faced with mounting costs and a serious shortage of help, threatened to sell their milk outside the area ...

Marco Polo: Things that are confusing

Here are some things that confuse me: I don’t understand the game Marco Polo. It’s played in a pool or a lake or a pond and one person shouts “Marco” to which another answers “Polo” but as far as I can see, that’s all that happens. Apparently its a game only kids play, probably ...

We need to be on right side of the fight

The group known as Wilton Peace Action launched itself into our local public consciousness on Jan. 21 when it joined women all over the world with its own observance of The Women’s March in Wilton’s Main Street Park. And, much to our surprise and to our delight, the group is still ...

School board has a long way to go

While we strongly agree with Milford Superintendent of Schools Robert Marquis that the town’s kindergarten program should be expanded from half day to full, we also think that school board member Len Mannino has a point about career training and language skills. Which, of course, brings us ...

Seasonal warnings important

It is time, again, for seasonal warnings but if you’ve lived here long enough you probably have a handle on what to do and not to do. Still. ... Here’s one from the state Fish and Game Department: “Motorists are advised to watch for deer crossing roadways this time of year, especially ...

Let us all count our many blessings

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessing instead of sheep, “ And I fall asleep, counting my blessings.” Bing Crosby sang it. Diana Krall sang it. It’s one of those songs that have been around for decades, are featured in movies, and sung in churches. This ...

Reflecting on current events

Now and then, I like to look around the world to see what’s going on and how I feel about it. Here, then, is that: ■ “Cards Against Humanity,” which bills itself as the world’s most inappropriate adult card game, is seeking donations to help pay for a plot of land it claims to have ...