Editorial: Custom and commerce

Updated: Wine, beer, and liquor availability feature in town warrant and ballot questions before voters in Chilmark and Tisbury, respectively. While the particulars in...

Op-Ed: A narrow ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals:...

The April 10 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confirming the Wampanoag Tribe’s right to operate an electronic bingo...

Editorial: Fix town meetings

Open town meetings in New England were already 225 years old when canonized by Henry David Thoreau in a speech he delivered in 1854:...

Op-Ed: ‘Community policing’ article is indeed warranted

There is some confusion about the “community policing” article that is on the warrant in each town (March 29, “Is Island-wide warrant article on...

Editorial: Town meetings 2017

The complicated task of putting together warrants for each town meeting and election comes to full flower over the next several weeks, beginning next...

Editorial: Vaccinations — wink, wink?

Since Edward Jenner’s development 200 years ago of a vaccine to counter smallpox, we have come to understand that protecting communities from the needless...

Op-Ed: Taking up turf

  One walk on the high school athletic fields leads to the obvious conclusion that the fields are in dire need of a significant upgrade....

Essay: You don’t pull the ladder up

Updated Thursday, March 23, 12:48 pm* I had the opportunity to attend, for the first time, the largest parade in the country*, the New York...

Editorial: Don’t let up on housing

Along with healthcare, education, and freedom from fear, the adequate supply of housing for all of our neighbors is a fundamental and high priority...

Essay: The president, the states, and the Vineyard

Writing in the Atlantic last September, journalist Selena Zito, who has worked for several Republican presidents and state officials, wrote this about candidate Donald...

Editorial: Turf wars

A long and impassioned Island debate has swirled around the regional high school committee’s proposal, nearing a scheduled May 11 hearing date at the...

Editorial: Failing emergency services

Island experience with “Niko,” the February blizzard, was mixed. Reasonably early warning helped, and snow removal seemed to go well across the Island. But...

Editorial: Oak Bluffs warrant

Town meetings are organized around warrants. The warrants can be obscure and exhausting for all but hardcore town government junkies. The dozens of warrant...

Editorial: Fragile social contract

We Vineyarders are a privileged lot. It’s not a matter of wealth, nor even of abundant natural treasures, and we’re no less subject to...

Essay: Immigration bullying in our schools

At the most recent We Stand Together/Estamos Todos Juntos meeting this past Sunday, Superintendent Matthew D’Andrea was confronted, apparently for the first time, with...

Editorial: Blizzard communication

The blizzard last Thursday was brief but fierce, with high winds and cold temperatures outpacing the snowfall itself. By all reports, snowplows bested the...

Editorial: Suboxone: No stigma

The Martha’s Vineyard community remains locked in a struggle to reduce the prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD), which is for far too many...

Essay: Specific workforce training for early- and mid-career Islanders

On Dec. 29, The MV Times posed the question, "What are your wildest dreams for Martha’s Vineyard in the next 25 years?" Respondents offered ideas to...

Essay: Executive power, national security, and the Trump administration

President Trump has signed several highly controversial executive orders. Three involve foreign policy and national security: the construction of a wall between the United...

Editorial: Housing and problem-solving

Watershed moments in major public planning projects (read: projects requiring change and/or money) usually turn out to be overblown and disappointing. We often imagine...