Editorial: The case for the causeway

Chilmark should vote to amend its wetland zoning bylaw to allow an elevated causeway over a wetland from Squibnocket Road to the Squibnocket Farm...

Editorial: Crisis commands collaboration

It all started with a phone call. Last spring, as overdose fatalities on the Island continued to mount, West Tisbury Police Chief Dan Rossi called...

Essay: Marches and milestones

  The author plans to attend one of the Jan. 21 Million Women Marches. The MVTimes reports in this issue on Vineyarders who will be...

Esther writes from the year 2035

By Patricia Moore My name is Esther. The year is 2035, I’m 80 years old — and like lots of Vineyard residents these days, I...

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living looks back and to the future

By Leslie Clapp It was wonderful to read the “Vineyard dreams” essays submitted by various organizations and individuals in the Dec. 29 issue of the...

Editorial: A selectman as MVC commissioner: Not so surprising after all

As we reported in last week’s Times (Oak Bluffs selectmen appoint selectman Gail Barmakian to the MVC, Dec. 29), the appointment of a selectman...

Essay: Climate change, the Vineyard environment, and the president

Supporters of Donald Trump wanted a president who could “shake up the system.” Given the president-elect’s proposed cabinet choices and advisors, we can expect...

My dream for Island health care

Instead of being worried about losing access to the health-coverage expansions that resulted from the Affordable Care Act, my vision for 2017 and beyond...

We can have both affordable housing and land conservation

  Affordable housing has been part of the Land Bank’s planning since 1989, when it first adopted a housing policy. As a result, the Land...

The Vineyard comes together to support kids

  For many years the Vineyard had a void in service to our young people. We have seen a major shift in awareness from this...

What if Martha’s Vineyard had a college?

It could be named Caleb’s College, to honor the first native American graduate of Harvard, who grew up near Tashmoo Pond in the mid-17th...

Funding those housing dreams

  What if we charged a Land Bank–like tax on all seasonal rentals, and used the income to develop affordable housing for year-rounders? And what...

My ‘blue-sky’ dream for Martha’s Vineyard

Our Island is rich in natural resources and blessed with a variety of local food sources. We can fish, farm, milk, and churn, and...

A year at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

From the very beginning, collaboration has been at the root of our work at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. It all began in 1961 with...

A great year, thanks to volunteering

Volunteering to become the Daisy Girl Scout Leader on Martha’s Vineyard, for Troop 66210, has given me the most change-your-mood, uplifting, and heartening feeling...

Island as incubator

Twenty-five years from now, my grandchildren will be able to live and thrive here because we will have successfully weaned ourselves from the addictive...

Let’s be a beacon

My dream for the Island I love is that we all embrace in word, and most especially in deed, the ever-growing diversity on the...

Advice for the New Year

In 2017 let’s climb a tree take a swim do something unexpected on a whim walk a dog ride a horse and have a lot of intercourse.      —Anonymous  

Essay: All I want for Christmas is (Jew)

I just watched “The Late Late Show” host James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” Christmas special. Special guest Mariah Carey sang the pop song, “All I...

Editorial: Time to build housing

Just about everyone interested in the quality of our personal and community lives on Martha’s Vineyard knows this: We don’t have enough (or enough...