Cabinet Editorials

‘Women Run’

On Sept. 26, there will be a discussion at the Amherst Town Library on women running for public office. It looks like it will be well worth attending, and not just by women. Men could learn a thing or two from hearing women talk about the need for more of them in the public sector. The ...

Music notes

Oh, what the heck, let’s talk about music, somewhat old music, the music of the early ‘60s, much of which was God awful, but some of which was OK, and some of which was fraught with weird claims, to wit:  Who, really, names their daughter Ramaramaramaramalama? Because in 1957, the ...

Thumbing the Files for Sept. 20

CORRECTION: An item in last week’s Thumbing the Files said that in 1947 the number of booths in Milford’s Coleman’s Pharmacy soda fountain had been increased from three to 11. The item should have read: The soda bar in Coleman’s Pharmacy has been completely renovated and redecorated. ...

Amherst Common

This old photo of the Amherst common was taken sometime between 1890 and 1900.

Hatred is unneeded

There’s weird, and then there is at least the appearance of dangerously weird, to wit: When JerriAnne Boggis’s name ended up on a list on the website of a white supremacist group, it was the follow-up to that listing that should have all of us concerned and appalled. Boggis, of Milford, ...

Thumbing the Files for Sept. 13

71 years ago, 1947 The soda bar in Coleman’s Pharmacy in Milford was renovated and redecorated, enlarging the counter and increasing the number of booths from three to 11. The Milford Congregational Church parish house was to host the Cheyenne Indian tenor Chief Ho-To-Pi in concert. He ...

Being and doing

Educators (parents or teachers) sometimes show more appreciation for guys for who they do than for what they are. They praise them when they get excellent grades from college and reproach them when are low. However, we must value people by their human dignity, regardless of their academic or ...

A good start

The Hollis-Brookline Junior Cavaliers football season had a great start at ConVal when both teams beat the hosting team by crushing numbers. The arsity team won 24-8 and JV 28-0. The first touchdown was a high catch at the end zone just minutes into the game by No. 3 Amani Elfadil, followed ...

Politics

OK, it’s official: I hate our cat. She’s taken to sleeping on the stove. The STOVE. Where I come to cook my food, where my children ... (“Godfather II”). Anyway, she sleeps on the stove which, fortunately for her, is an electric stove so there is no pilot light to set her ...

Wrong Message

Michael Avenatti brought the wrong message to the annual picnic of the Hillsborough County Democrats when he told them, in essence, that in order to battle Donald Trump, they had to get down into the gutter with him. “When they go low, we hit harder,” Avenatti told the Democrats, and they ...

A laughable mistake

All right now, that’s enough ragging on Fox News for putting up a picture of Patti LaBelle when they should have put up a picture of Aretha Franklin who, after all, was the singer who died. The folks at Fox News SINCERELY believe that all black people are interchangeable so they keep around ...

Thumbing the Files For Aug. 30

71 years ago, 1947 The Milford Masonic Lodge was preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The Joslin Farm in South Lyndeborough was looking for apple pickers. The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Beginning or the End” with Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, and Beverly Tyler. ...

Labor Day

Fire trucks move down the street during a past Labor Day parade in Milford.

Valuable lesson

What is happening between the school boards of Mont Vernon and Amherst is a lesson in cooperation from which everyone can take note. The two boards are working together to figure out a way to deal with kindergarten class size issues and when we say “working together,” we mean it. And ...

Some random thoughts

My wife had to deal with the howling beast known as Mandy while I was away for two days recently. She times the start of her day to when I get up - 4 a.m. If I’m not downstairs by then, she sits on the kitchen table - she’s forbidden to sit on the kitchen table, but we’re in bed, so she ...

George, I remember you

Millions of people across the country have seen the Moving Wall honoring the more than 58,000 Americans who died during the Vietnam War. What they haven’t seen is this name: George Poor. George, a kid from Hillsdale, N.J., was killed only three months after arriving in Vietnam and his ...

Enjoyment and pride

Sometimes a picture says even more than 1,000 words and that was the case with our Page 1 photo last week of Paul Spiess holding aloft his Amherst Citizen of the Year trophy. The photo tells us of Spiess’s pride in being so honored, it says joy, it says thank you, it says community. This ...

Reminder

The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall arrived in Amherst today. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, its four-day stay officially begins. The word “moving” is apropos in at least two ways: The wall does move from place to place, but anyone who sees it, who reads those thousands of names etched into it, will ...

Thumbing the Files for July 19

71 years ago, 1947 Richard Carpenter won the Milford playground horseshoe tournament for junior and senior boys. In a brief mention in his editorial column, “The Observer,” William B. Rotch wrote about North Carolina where “a colored man was refused the prize he won in a raffle, a ...

McAllister Bronze Star

Sgt. Roger McAllister was a 24-year-old Army ranger from Milford when he was killed in Vietnam on Mother’s Day 1965. In the photo, his children Gary and Roger, and their mother, Rita, receive his Bronze Star. McAllister’s name is on the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall that is scheduled to be ...