If you judge that the pace of Island economic life has seemed plodding during the first two months of the year, you are correct. If you wonder if the cold and snow, not only here, but across New England, has played a part in the dirge-like business music, you are right again. Of course, anecdotally, […]
The revealing Times series about addiction and a successful strategy for assisting its victims, written by Barry Stringfellow, underscores dependency’s ravaging effects, for the user of course, and for loved ones who suffer too. It is heartening to learn that there are fresh ways to soothe and perhaps quell the desperate desires, with counseling and medication. […]
The best part of the news report this morning of the financial circumstances of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and its Windemere unit is chief executive Tim Walsh’s review of the hospital balance sheet. On a dollars and cents basis, the hospital and the nursing and rehab center, leaving aside the wholesale uncertainty surrounding health care […]
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to dredge the channel that leads from Vineyard Sound through the jetties at the entrance to Menemsha Creek and on to Menemsha Pond is a carefully and comprehensively researched and completely financed project endorsed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and by the town of […]
Thanks to some thoughtful, aggressive, and persistent work by Oak Bluffs officials and voters, the town has a chance to do itself a good turn and to brighten its future, if it will focus on meaningful change to its downtown business district. The consultants’ report made this week to the selectmen identifies some problems and […]
The board of the Vineyard Nursing Association has made the sensible choice to trade its Island independence and financial fragility to become an operating unit of the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (VNACC), itself a component of Cape Cod Healthcare, a $700 million outfit. There is every reason to think that, after a thoughtful […]
In some cases, the hospital is continuing to bill insurance providers with whom it no longer holds contracts.
These are questions the MVC would be hard at work answering, if it actually represented the important interests of Islanders.
Sometimes, if we’re lucky, very good people who have music stay with us even when they are absent.
A happy and prosperous New Year to all.