Cabinet Editorials

Tlapa has made a strong point

Regardless of the outcome of the recount of the Milford School Board election – scheduled for today, Thursday, March 21 – no one will be able to take away from Holleigh Tlapa the fact that more than 800 of her fellow residents took the time and the effort to write in her name. On the ...

Living a nightmare?

What is it about so called “elite” universities that drives people, some of them famous, to get involved in what clearly were scams directed at getting their children into colleges they obviously couldn’t have gotten on merit? Speculation about motives has been rife ever since news of ...

Pence gets a surprise

Favorite story of the week: Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, had breakfast with U.S. Vice President Mike (LGBTQ people shouldn’t have rights) Pence and Varadkar brought with him (drum roll) his boyfriend. Uh oh. Mike Pence and Mrs. Mike Pence don’t seem all that comfortable with gay ...

Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948 About 105 inches of snow had fallen in Milford so far, the most on Dec. 23 when 15 inches fell, followed by 12 inches on Dec. 26. Our Milford High School correspondent, Nancy Fitch, wrote that “stringent warnings” were being issued concerning “snowballing.” The ...

Bags, buses and helping the village to feed itself

Occasionally, somebody says something to me that is humbling, in that it seems like something I should have known but did not. When this happens, if often gets my mind spinning on what can be done to possibly effect change. I want to share with you a story about just such an incident that ...

We’re all in this together

This question has probably been around since the advent of overhead power lines and perhaps especially since the great ice storm of 2008, but it comes up again because Eversource, our regional power company, has asked the Amherst Planning Board to host a public hearing on its plan to remove ...

Name, town and phone number, please

We received a letter from someone who signed it with something that was obviously not a real name and as per our rules at The Cabinet, did not run it. The letter does not reach our criterion for running letters without a name and town. In the long history of The Cabinet, we have run a few ...

Thumbing the Files for March 14

71 years ago, 1948: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Commerce Department appropriations bill that included $10,425 for an airport in Milford. The bill then had to go to the U.S. Senate. The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Cass Timberlane” with Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, ...

Navigating High Water

Patty Rotch took this photo of a horseback rider and dog making their way through high water in March 1977, along Boston Post Road in Amherst.

Refusing to decline cookies

As soon as I read this, I emailed my friend Wendy to see if she and her daughters had any Girl Scout cookies left. I don’t eat cookies, but I want to buy some because of this nitwit’s attack on the Scouts: “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) fired back at a conservative writer who ...

Taking a stand against e-cigarettes

Kudos to Brian Bagley, principal of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Middle-High School, for taking a strong stand against the use of electronic cigarettes, suggesting the installation of a system that would detect their use in the school’s bathrooms. It is a big problem, he said, with as many as 40 ...

Don’t forget to spring forward

You probably don’t have to be reminded that Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend. To be precise, it begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, but it’s quite all right to turn your clocks an hour ahead on Saturday before you go to bed. That way, you won’t arise thinking it’s 7 a.m. ...

Thumbing the Files for March 7

71 years ago, 1948 The town announced Milford water was being chlorinated, although the chlorinator had been turned on by the water department a month earlier. The public works department delayed announcing the change to see if the public noticed anything, and there was no indication that ...

It’s time to tell our school boards, ‘enough is enough’

For years, the Amherst and Souhegan School Boards have failed to govern. This failure has led to less than stellar academic quality and incredibly high costs, in part because they have thrown money at issues that really call for other interventions. And we, the taxpayers, fearful of ...

Believe what you want

The Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were exactly like the Kansas City Chiefs: Got no defense, crank up the offense: Attack, attack, attack, ATTACK. Not a single Republican representative came out in defense of Donald Trump because, like the Chiefs ... well, you get it. So they ...

Parking issues for businesses problematic

There is clearly a lot of faith in the economic future of Milford. Look at the restaurants going up at the corner of Nashua and South streets and at the old Souhegan Bank building on Nashua Street. And look at how well so many long-established restaurants are doing on the Oval. And now look ...

Welcome to the candidates

Good grief, it seems early. The New Hampshire presidential primary is at least 10 months away – depending upon when Secretary of State Bill Gardner decides it should be held – yet we’ve already been inundated with candidates and more to come. Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio might ...

Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948 The Milford Business Association was to suggest that the town’s Fire Department make monthly inspections of local businesses. The Milford High School Players presentged “Jane Eyre” at the Bales School auditorium with Cynthia Randall as Jane and Archie Carpentiere as ...

Thoughts on current events

This Jussie Smollett story: Know why I find this fascinating? Because now, all of a sudden, out of the blue ... I’ve heard of him. Never had before. Wouldn’t know him from Adam and still wouldn’t except that I “Get the papers, get the papers” (vague “Goodfellas” reference.) Now ...

Legislative Update

To my constituents in Amherst and to the surrounding communities: As your state representative in Concord, I would like to provide you with an overview of the bills we voted on during our most recent House session. Since I am limited in the size of the update, I am only going to mention those ...