Cabinet Editorials

Thumbing the Files for Feb. 8

75 years ago, 1943 For the first time in memory, the Lafayette Artillery Company called off its annual Washington’s Birthday Celebration held in Lyndeborough. Ernest Howe, captain of the Artillery unit founded in 1804, said most of the company men were in the service or working in war ...

Get off those cell phones while driving

What ever happened to the crackdown on hand-held cell phone usage in cars? It seemed to have worked for a bit when it was first introduced. But now? If you drive anywhere around here for more than a couple of miles and don’t see someone using a phone while driving, it’s unusual. Of ...

Sununu on point on marriage issue

Gov. Chris Sununu has come out in favor of raising the legal marriage age to 16 for teens living in the Granite State. A daily newspaper’s online poll last week indicated that 67 percent of its respondents favored raising that age to 18. A group of people who must be just trolling the poll ...

Andrews will land on her feet

Morgan Andrews is going to land on her feet, we’re sure of that. And why are we concerned about the former Milford High School soccer star? Because her professional team, the Boston Breakers of the Natonal Women’s Soccer League has, according to reports, folded. That’s bad for ...

Nikki Haley a strong person

“It’s absolutely not true,” America’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said in response to somewhat muted allegations that she is having an affair with Donald Trump. We believe her. This “speculation” was started by a single sentence in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” a ...

Sing for your order

So there I was, sitting in Union Coffee in Milford, checking out the paper, drinking a Rwanda coffee and watching people go to the counter and order their drinks. I am a people watcher. In Lisbon, I sat at an outdoor cafe drinking a beer and just watching people walk up and down and years ...

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 ...