Opinion

Random Acts of Kindness

Cabinet Letters

In 2015, Great NH Restaurants decided to empower their management teams with a “Random Acts of Kindness” program. Managers of all the T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s, CJ’s and Copper Door restaurants surprise guests with free desserts, appetizers, or even entire meals when they see a touching ...

Vote against new restrictions

Cabinet Letters

We have all heard the expression “that doesn’t smell right.” I believe this is true of the proposed voting restriction bills, HB 1264 and 372, headed for Gov. Sununu’s office. In email communications with Sen. Andy Sanborn, I learned that virtually no voter fraud has occurred in New ...

Progress versus history

Cabinet Editorials

So, here we go again: Another piece of Milford history is for the chop. Years ago, it was the Stone House on Nashua Street. It was preserved, sort of. Now there’s a granite building on Tonella Road soon to fall to development, although the developer, kindly, as agreed to save the stones ...

Clearing the air

Cabinet Letters

Over the last several weeks there has been plenty of speculation about us leaving our positions with the town of Wilton. Wilton taxpayers have been asking questions and deserve honest answers. What precipitated our resignations? How bad does the work environment have to be for the entire staff ...

Conscience

Cabinet Editorials

Who can blame Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for forcing out the House chaplain after the Rev. Pat Conroy prayed something as odious as suggesting that lawmakers, in voting on a tax cut bill, make sure “there are not winner and losers under the new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared ...

Thumbing the Files for May 10

Cabinet Editorials

75 years ago, 1943 It was believed that two escaped inmates of an industrial school were the persons who stole a car in Leominster, Mass. and abandoned it in Lyndeborough where three boxes of candy were found in the car and a rifle belonging to the car owner was found nearby. In war news, ...

Common decency, sense

Cabinet Editorials

In the age of Michelle Wolf, America is fortunate to have a supreme leader who sets a high moral example, a man of temperence, a man of virtue, a man who, unlike Wolf, does not demean others in search of a laugh, a man who treats others, especially women, as he would want to be treated, a man ...

It’s finally spring

Cabinet Letters

On Saturday, the Freedoms Way National Heritage Area will partner with the Amherst Heritage and Conservation Commissions and the Historical Society of Amherst in hosting events in the morning and afternoon. At 10:00 AM, a hike of the Haseltine Preserve will commence at the Austin Road Parking ...

Smart Move

Cabinet Editorials

Our story last week about Wilton’s Heritage Commission and Historical Society asking the Select Board to establish a right of way through private land to a 19th century cemetery brings into focus a dichotomy: When do the needs or rights of a town override the concept of private ...

Going Green

Cabinet Editorials

Can we all agree that it’s time to stop using plastic bags? Plastic anything, really. Plastic isn’t biodegradable and regardless of how we dispose of it, it’s not going to go away any time soon. If ever. With that, we can all applaud the efforts of the group Boomerang Bags, an ...

SB 342 is terrible

Cabinet Letters

The Fast News section of the April 26th Cabinet had a short item that appeared to be a press release from Sen. Gary Daniels regarding Senate Bill SB 342, which he sponsored. If enacted, the bill will modify the definition of a default budget for SB2 towns such as Milford. The concept of a ...

Good News

Cabinet Editorials

Sometimes we are fortunate to have a week where there is lots of good news, not only locally but globally. Oh, there is always bad news, of course, and newspapers, as we well know, thrive on bad news, not because they like it so much but because it is usually the most important news – war, ...

Thumbing the Files for April 19

Cabinet Editorials

75 years ago, 1943 Andrew J. Raymond, chairman of Amherst’s war loan committee, said the town was still far short of the quota assigned for war bonds. The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “X Marks the Spot” with Damian O’Flynn, Helen Parish, and Dick Purcell, the story of ...

Hitchiner Manufacturing

Cabinet Editorials

In 1992 Milford officials held a Hitchiner Manufacturing Company Appreciation Week. From left, Town Administrator Lee Mayhew, Selectman Richard Mace, Hitchiner President Nicholas Babich, Selectman Peter Leishman, company Chairman John Morison and vice president Fred Lofgren.

A visit to Parnassus Books

Cabinet Editorials

Let me now tell you about my visit to Parnassus Books, the store owned by Ann Patchett who wrote “State of Wonder,” a book that is mostly brilliant but pretty scary once you get about halfway through Chapter 8. Parnassus is in Nashville, which is in Tennessee, which is somewhere I ...

SB193

Cabinet Letters

I am not sure how any of our representatives in Concord can, in good conscience, support the SB193 education “voucher” bill that would divert taxpayer money to religious, private and home schools with no accountability requirements. I have spent several hours this month contacting ...

Scams

Cabinet Editorials

We live in a time of increasingly sophisticated scam artists. Gone are the days when we simply got emails from Nigerian princes whose millions were stashed in a U.S. bank and could only be accessed by a U.S. citizen, and that citizen could be you, if only you would first send the prince $4,000 ...

Random Thoughts

Cabinet Editorials

Our thoughts about other things: Ah, judicial common sense reigns in Massachusetts, where a U.S. District judge, William Young, wrote that the state’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines does not violate the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. One can only ...

Thumbing the Files For April 12

Cabinet Editorials

75 years ago, 1943 Automobile registrations in Milford were down 13 percent from 1942 but still higher than expected with 785 cars registered. The Pinnacle Girls Victory Volunteers’ meeting was held at the South Lyndeborough school. Victory gardens and waste fats were discussed. Plans to ...

Passing thoughts

Cabinet Editorials

Here are some wandering thoughts that might interest you, and if they don’t, well ... just remember this line from Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary in a performance of “Puff the Magic Dragon” in a live concert in 1963: “Together we can sing it, “It’s just a children’s ...