Cabinet Editorials

‘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 ...

What kind of society do we want to be?

We know, of course, that in a time when 28 people can be massacred in a Texas church that the welfare of a dozen kittens pales. But the abandonment of those kittens in Hollis still says something, something about the cruel individual who abandoned them, that’s for sure, but we wonder, too, ...

Let’s discuss Daylight Saving Time

For many a year, The Cabinet has editorialized against Daylight Saving Time. We said it made no sense; we said there were no longer enough farmers (for whom it was created) to warrant its continuation. Stay with Eastern Standard Time, we said. Recently, we have been listening to new ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1941 In London, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. G.M. Barnes was quoted as saying that the British and Americans were producing a secret weapon that would prove “a great surprise” to the Germans. He did not hint at what type the weapon was. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing ...

Lunkhead of the year…

Here we are in mid-November and fortunate to have an early Christmas present: From the “State-by-State” column in USA Today, we have two choices for lunkhead of the year. Or the month. Or whatever you choose. You can vote any way you choose, but only vote more than once if you grew up in ...

Ice hockey a great idea; others possible

Hockey is a wonderful sport, and the idea that Milford High School is considering forming a team undoubtedly has a lot of folks, and MHS students, excited. Milford officials are taking a hard look into this, as they should, because there are problems associated with hockey, not the least of ...

Caution while hiking is imperative

Many people who live in New Hampshire and many people who visit the Granite State love to hike. We have plenty of great places to wander the woods and hills and mountains and it’s great to see people out there. But we all need to remember this: When you go, make sure you have everything you ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Richards observed their 60th wedding anniversary at their South Lyndeborough home. She was the former Elizabeth Hartshorn and they were married in 1882 in Lyndeborough. Harriet Cleaves was appointed captain of the reorganized Wilton High School Safety ...

Endangered snakes being harmed in Milford

Preparations for a massive, commercial gravel operation are underway at Milford’s town-owned land purchased from Brox Industries in 2000. A state Alteration of Terrain permit was issued on Sept. 18. This land is home to the state-endangered Eastern Hognose Snake and is characterized as an ...

‘The Birds’ is for the birds

I like old movies. Not all of them, no, not the top hat and tails movies of the 1930s, but lots of old movies, even some not terribly old. So the other day, I got from the Lyndeborough library “The Birds,” which I hadn’t seen since in first came out more than 50 years ago, and I’d ...

Boys & Girls Club taking aim at crisis

While too many public officials dither, the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley is actually doing something to combat the opioid crisis which has brought New Hampshire the dubious distinction of being second in the nation to West Virginia in the number of opioid-related deaths. Our state ...

‘Cell Phone Zombies’ a real problem

If you cross a street while looking down at your phone, reading what must be your incredibly important email – perhaps the president has asked you to negotiate with North Korea – you are what is known as a Cell Phone Zombie. That is not something of which to be proud, but it is something ...