Not an accurate portrayal


To the Editor:

I take issue with a recent editorial in The Times — not for what the editorial was about but for how it portrayed the Island.

Here are the sentences I have a problem a with: “We are, after all, a relatively privileged Island community, we are culturally homogeneous, we famously care for each other. If there is self-interest or self-dealing it is, we imagine, only of the community-minded sort.”

As I have pointed out in this forum, for now the third editorial board, the exclusionary policies at West Tisbury’s Lambert’s Cove Beach, a town park, are the furthest thing from the above sentences. So unless you have a different definition of “community,” in the future please refrain from characterizing the Island in such glowing terms while willfully ignoring such a blatant slight from one entire town to the rest of us. Silence is my validation; end beach apartheid.

Erik Albert
Oak Bluffs



  1. I’m curious why Mr Albert always focuses on Lambert’s Cove Beach when Chilmark and Aquinnah also have town beaches that are every bit as nice as LCB and also limited to residents? Are we residents of West Tisbury worse offenders of his “beach apartheid”. Please, Mr Albert, in fairness to the community spread the criticism around a little.

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