Cabinet Letters

My take on safety and security at Souhegan

While safety/security data and solutions are still under consideration at Souhegan High School (SHS), it is time to review the status and state some facts from this SHS School Board member’s perspective. The SHS School Board must weigh the concerns of all members of the community, because ...

Pumpkin Fest

From 2000 until 2016, the Milford Improvement Team coordinated the Milford Pumpkin Festival on behalf of the town of Milford and its citizens. When the Executive Director of MIT left the organization in June 2017, no replacement was hired. Not wanting to put the festival at risk for ...

Support Articles 24 and 25

In the upcoming Amherst town vote on March 13, the Amherst Conservation Commission asks for the support of the town’s residents by voting yes on Warrant Articles 24 and 25. Article 24 will provide the full revenue from the Land Use Change Tax to the ACC in years to come. The LUCT is paid by ...

Polar Plunge 2018

The 10th annual Keefe Family Polar Plunge will take place at noon on Feb. 17 in Seabrook on the beach at the intersection of Hooksett and Ocean streets. This year, we will be taking our dip for a dear friend from Lowell, Massachusetts, Sandy Depolito. On Jan. 11 last year, Sandy lost her leg ...

For the people of New Hampshire

On Jan. 17, the Public Works and Highways House Committee will be hearing testimony on HB 1706. The bill reinstates the financing for the Wild Goose boat launch on Lake Sunapee killed by the Senate in the last term and buried by the governor shortly thereafter. Very briefly, after all, there ...

We can do better

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its annual data findings on U.S. drug overdose deaths. Once again, New Hampshire was featured as one of the top ranking U.S. states for drug overdose death rates in the country (No. 3). In October, UNH’s Granite State Poll ...

Renovation

As the architect of the original building in 1980 and of the addition in 1996, I am concerned that Kathy Cleveland’s article on her interview with chief Mark Reams may be misinterpreted: When a detainee is released from the cell area there are four ways to get him/her out of the building – ...

Toll increase needed

New Hampshire needs to spend money to fix its crumbling bridges and roads. Who wants to be driving over a red-listed bridge when it collapses? No one I know. Yet, as reported in The Telegraph on Dec. 22, “Sununu rejects toll increase.” This, after three of five Executive Councilors favored ...

Future looks bleak

I recently retired after having taught for 35 years. I feel compelled to share my concern for the future of teaching in New Hampshire. Many educators, like myself, who entered the profession for the love and art of teaching, are now discouraging young adults from doing the same. Why? New ...

Consuming wealth

The critics of tax cuts use terms which cause me to believe that they have no understanding of taxes, earnings, wealth creation or much of anything about how our economic system works. They talk about “windfalls” for “the rich,” and the government “giving” to the wealthy. Yet ...

Public hearing set

The Amherst Town Ways and Means Committee is chartered to examine and provide an Outside point of view on all planned appropriations and finances of the town. To do so, W&M has spent the last several months reviewing records of the town’s revenues and expenditures and understanding the ...

Fortunate

“It’s a Wonderful Life” here in Wilton. On Dec. 17, people streamed into the Town Hall Theater carrying food items for the Open Cupboard Pantry, the only admission charge. Like George Bailey and the Bailey Savings and Loan, Dennis Markaverich and his Town Hall Theater have always put ...

Giving thanks

At the close of a year, it is all together proper and fitting to reflect on that year. And it is right and good to give thanks where thanks is due. This is especially true of this time and place in the year 2017. As it did from the beginning, in 1971, the Milford Cabinet again in 2017 ...

Budget time

The Milford School administrators, school board members and teacher’s union are currently finalizing the school proposed budget for the 2018/2019 school year that will start next July 1. As a Milford homeowner, I have concerns over the growth of the school tax rate, up around 26 percent ...

Safety and security

The Souhegan School Board has sought input concerning safety and security from many sources, including a Community Forum, Community Council, the Amherst Police, administrators and citizens’ comments. While we have not addressed specifically what actions to take next, we do feel it is ...

A travesty

Milford’s Board of Selectmen, led by chairman Mark Fougere, has made another terrible decision by selling 10 acres of rare and valuable Appalachian oak-pine forest for a paltry $1,658 (after paying timber tax and forester’s fee). The townspeople of Milford need to know what natural ...

Hypocrisy?

Two seemingly unrelated issues amply illustrate the hypocricy of our our Republican-controlled legislature in Concord and of Sen. and Selectman Gary Daniels, in particular. SB193 purports to give everyone a chance to send their children to private schools or to home school them, but in fact ...

‘Most likely to succeed’

To Milford and surrounding communities: To begin the school year, Milford educators assembled to watch a film titled “Most Likely to Succeed,” a slickly edited chronicle of the project-based learning at San Diego’s High Tech High School, a charter school. The film celebrated the ...

Laying a strong foundation

Opponents of Medicaid expansion invoke the value of personal responsibility to oppose government-sponsored healthcare. They say that it is the fault of the individual for lacking the ability to afford healthcare and that government programs such as Medicaid encourage dependency. Additionally, ...

No sacrifice

The proposed New Hampshire Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment, CACR19, has faced criticisms that community rights don’t exist, and that upholding these rights blindly blocks development. I respectfully refute these assertions. The community’s right to local self-determination ...