To the Editor: The title of your Martha’s Vineyard Commission energy policy article (on page 6 of your December 24 issue) misleads your readers. Admittedly, it costs about five percent more to correctly construct a new, policy-conforming building, but when one looks at the big picture (which includes pollution costs, health costs, military costs, and […]

State of our state

To the Editor: Each member in our fifth grade class is working on a project called “Parade of States.” We are responsible for gathering as much information about a state as we can to help “sell” the state. I have chosen your state, Massachusetts, for my presentation. If any of your readers would help me […]

Bad timing

To the Editor: I find it absolutely ridiculous that an article [Police check for underage alcohol sales, News in Brief, Dec. 31] was placed beforehand in the paper about the compliance checks. It’s just like putting out a warning to all liquor stores in advance. So if, “We know that alcohol is the number one […]


To the Editor: I was incarcerated in an airtight enclosure of approximately two an a half feet by four feet and several inches on Saturday, December 13, in Edgartown’s Old Whaling Church. I was hoping to watch the annual Minnesingers’ Holiday Concert. I want to thank the Edgartown firemen for a speedy and most kindly […]

Many helpers

To the Editor: I would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped me the night of December 19, after I suffered a heart attack under the Christmas tree at my dear friend Jaime Hamlin’s annual holiday party. Thank you Jaime, Dr. Yukevich, Nina Thayer, and the Tisbury ambulance folks for getting me to the hospital. […]

Shoveling needed

To the Editor: Five days following last Wednesday’s snowfall, little has been done by the Edgartown Highway Department to make sidewalks passable, aside from a few chosen places. Most of the Main Street walkways, as well as many sections of the bike paths, were cleared, but large stretches of often used walkways were never touched, […]

Issue resolved with state, Sheriff’s Meadow finds issues remain over Gazette coverage

During the past six months Sheriff’s Meadow found itself in the unusual position of claiming that it was the victim of unfair and inaccurate press coverage by the Vineyard Gazette. Henry Beetle Hough, the former editor and owner of the Gazette, founded the conservation group. Historically, Sheriff’s Meadow had rarely, if ever, found itself the […]

Sheriff’s Meadow resolves habitat issues with state

The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation (SMF) yesterday announced that the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program has approved a plan to mitigate the effects of the nonprofit organization’s removal of trees and plants from two of its properties. The work was done last year, without proper review by the state agency. Natural Heritage, which is […]