Opinion

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 ...

Property taxes

Cabinet Letters

A bill in the state legislature that would create a tax loophole and decrease state revenues by millions recently slipped through the NH House. Although there was a request for a floor debate on HB 1686, the request was denied and the bill was marshalled through. While honest and thoughtful ...

Baffled

Cabinet Letters

I am still baffled by the recent exodus from the Wilton selectman’s office. As I understand it, one takes on such a job out of a vested interest in the greater good of the town, not as a way to indulge authoritarian impulses. It seems like Butcher intended all along to create a scene--and if ...

Cornerstones

Cabinet Editorials

Nancy Morrison said something that was absolutely on point when she spoke at the recent Mont Vernon Town Meeting. In a discussion about a plan to build a new Daland Memorial Library – part of an overall proposal to renovate the Town Hall and the McCollom Building – she spoke in favor of ...

Selectmen, take note

Bedford Letters

The need for a new library has been discussed off and on for over thirty years. Over two decades ago a plan was developed to preserve the existing Arts and Crafts library as a stunning reading room in a new structure adjacent to Carlton Pond. The rationale was the room was too good to lose and ...

Well done

Cabinet Editorials

Good for Amherst voters. At the recent town elections, they approved two warrant articles that will benefit the town’s conservation commission and help to preserve part of what is essentially Amherst – it’s rural character. First, they backed a proposal to allow all of the Land Use ...

Yeah, they’re all schmucks

Cabinet Editorials

Sometimes it’s just too easy, and that was the case in determining March’s SCHMUCK OF THE MONTH. The honor goes – absolutely no contest – to Washington, D.C., Councilman Trayon White, Sr. who recently posted a video in which he warned of “climate manipulation” and blamed the ...

Thumbing the Files for March 29

Cabinet Editorials

75 years ago, 1943 Miss Adeline Chase, a former Red Cross nurse in Milford, was seriously injured when she was thrown from a horse in Philadelphia where she was supervisor of nurses at University Hospital. Lt. Charles Burpee, a 1933 graduate of Milford High School, led the first American ...

Change

Cabinet Editorials

It is now the Wilton Select Board, and that is a victory – a victory for women, of course, but also a victory for common sense. How could it remain a Board of Selectmen when a woman has been serving on it? The 2-1 vote to change the name is welcome and, we hope, a precursor to other ...

Responsibility

Cabinet Editorials

Not too long ago, we wondered in this space if New Hampshire law enforcement officials had forgotten to enforce the hands-free law. The law forbids using a phone while driving unless one could do so without holding the phone in one’s hands – thus the term “hands-free.” We are happy ...

The words of ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

Cabinet Editorials

Well, here’s a song I can’t get it out of my head, so I’m gonna share it with you in what is a searching, but probably vain, hope that it will end up in YOUR head and leave mine: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE By Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller One day while I was eating beans At Smokey ...

Thumbing the Files for March 15

Cabinet Editorials

75 years ago, 1943 The Rev. Ramkdishna Shahn Modaks, a minister from Bombay, India, was stuck in the snow on the Mohawk Trail in North Adams, Mass., and didn’t get to Mont Vernon to deliver a scheduled talk. They managed to make it to Nashua the next day. The New Hampshire Council of ...

Vote for Walter Gallo for Bedford library trustee

Bedford Letters

Bedford voters interested in the quality of our Bedford Public Library should vote for Walter Gallo as library trustee in Bedford’s town elections on March 13. A retired U.S. Marine Corps Col., Walter’s life has been all about service. He is a long-time member and board director of the ...

Vote NO on SB 2 in Brookline

HB Letters

On election day, March 13, at the bottom of Brookline’s town ballot, there will be a seemingly harmless question vaguely asking whether we want to adopt “official ballot voting on all issues.” Seems benign when you put it that way. However, what it means is ending our 249 year tradition ...

Restore sustainable spending in schools

HB Letters

The Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District has several warrant articles on this year’s warrant, that if approved will significantly increase property taxes for households in Hollis and Brookline. As the former Hollis Brookline Cooperative Budget Committee Chairman, I am very concerned ...