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At Large: Pinkletinks aren’t the only tells

For you, it may be pinkletinks, or returning ospreys, or a brave crocus, but this year spring began in earnest when the snow stopped...

Irresistible April

Our habit of centuries and of generations is to venerate the town meeting as the pure, raw essence of democratic self-government. But, we’ve been...

The justice system too often fails us

Don’t miss the account this morning of the career of 31-year-old Matthew P. Tucci, who was arrested last week. Again. This time for dealing...

Medical marijuana trending now

Statewide, voters, including especially eager Islanders, have embraced so-called medicinal marijuana sales. Voters nationally lean toward marijuana, whether gilded with a pseudo-health care attribute...

Well, this was a change of tune for online comments

We have a winner. Commenters have declared without reservations, that the Pacheco family’s Reliable Market, on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs is the best...

Bowling alley is not MVC business

Elsewhere on these Editorial and OpEd Pages this morning, the chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC), under the pretext of defending his beleaguered...

Leaving home

Friday afternoon, some significant segment of the Vineyard population, the majority of them teachers, parents, and children, all of whose desperation was palpable, left...

On quilters and weather weenies

And that's thatRoger Wey, the former Oak Bluffs selectman whose management of the financial affairs of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging is under...

Towns should claw back their depreciated prerogatives

In the mid-1970s, when the ground rules for implementing the Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s enabling legislation were being written, a general goal was to identify...

Willing suspension of disbelief

Updated at 6:30 pm, February 6, 2014Perhaps the window has closed for so-called medicinal marijuana for Martha's Vineyard. News this week that pot shops,...

The simple sense of it

The politicians who drafted the Martha's Vineyard Commission's enabling legislation in 1974 tried to strike a delicate balance. They wanted to empower the commission...

We meet on the stairs

Now, we contemplate the struggle together and observe the security precautions the same way.


Rules of grammar disobeyed.

At Large: A perfect match

In the mid-1990s, my oldest son, Matthew, was in high school and more deeply devoted to basketball than to books.

John J. Varkonda

John J.

Just confess, absolution awaits

I have taken my place in the confessional.

A long and puzzling trip

The mirthless irony is that between 1998 and 2007, in good times and lean ones for the real estate industry, there were few years which tallied more sales at high dollar figures than has been the case in the worst of the six years since post-Great Recession.

Who are we to them now?

Another year in the hopper.

Sports and poetry

You won't have forgotten his few words, and his curse, standing alone in the infield at Fenway Park, right after the Marathon bombing, telling the evil-minded among us that Boston and its people were "Boston Strong.

Answer the Water Street question

The real imaginative opportunity is to find a way to flush the Bernier poison pill and allow the lot to be sold by IHT for commercial purposes (parking perhaps) — but not to Stop & Shop, if Mr.