Speak out for rural solitude


To the Editor:

“We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent!

Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues.

I see that the world is rotten because of silence.”

—St. Catherine of Siena

This poem moves me to cry out in my own way — West Tisbury is the quiet center of our bustling Island. Do you want our town to be otherwise? I see towns around us listing into suburbia, like a ship that has lost anchor.

Our governing boards hear a lot from lawyers, developers, builders, and those who wish to profit from our gentle town. They hear little from those of us who want to maintain the deep peace and quiet of a rural farm and arts community. Without our voices, it is easy for town boards to lose sight of the many who silently want our town to stay old-fashioned.

Please talk to your representatives in town if you want West Tisbury to maintain its rural, quiet character. They need to hear from you now and often.

Harriet Bernstein
West Tisbury