Opinion

Go forth and spread the joy!

Cabinet Editorials

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

Cabinet Editorials

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 ...

Safety and security

Cabinet Letters

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

Cabinet Letters

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?

Cabinet Letters

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 ...

New Hampshire school funding bill empowers parents

Bedford Letters

A recent letter to the editor condemning SB193 argues private schooling is inferior, weakens public schools, expropriates public funds and public funding is unconstitutional. Although results of studies are varied, the aggregate conclusion is that private schooling, on average, is at least as ...

Budget slashing is not necessary

Cabinet Editorials

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

Cabinet Editorials

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

Cabinet Editorials

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

Cabinet Editorials

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 ...

‘Most likely to succeed’

Cabinet Letters

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 ...

Academic happenings and more at Bedford High School

Bedford Letters

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the Bedford School District Corner. This is the first in series of monthly columns, offering the inside scoop on academic achievements, upcoming meetings and more happenings in the Bedford School District. If you look closely at the photograph accompanying this ...

A big ‘Thank You’ from the Rotary Club of Merrimack

Merrimack Letters

The Rotary Club of Merrimack would like to send out a huge Thank You to all the sponsors, volunteers and runners of the 2017 5K Turkey Trot. This year’s event shattered all previous records; 416 registered runners signed up for the race and 373 bib numbers were recorded as completing the ...

Library appreciative of continued community support

Merrimack Letters

On behalf of the Merrimack Public library staff, Friends, trustees and many volunteers, THANK YOU for your continued support of our mission to build a strong, literate community, promote life-long learning, and to improve the quality of life in Merrimack. We really appreciate it. Over the ...

‘Let the voters decide’

Cabinet Editorials

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’

Cabinet Editorials

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

Cabinet Editorials

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

Cabinet Editorials

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 ...