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After Roe: A grim future for many of our rights

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health infuriated some but delighted others. The opinion by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. overruling...

American expectations of the Jan. 6 committee

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The foundational principle of the American democratic republic is the rule of law. The framers of the Constitution were certain that their new government...

What to do about so many guns

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All the Islanders I know who own guns are highly responsible with and knowledgeable about their firearms. That said, editorial cartoonist Drew Sheneman of...

The ‘great replacement’ explained

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Many people may now be familiar with the “great replacement” theory, universally used by white supremacists such as Payton Gendron, who drove 200 miles...

The future of Roe, the court, and us

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Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s recently leaked draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade has amplified the loss of credibility the Supreme Court has suffered...

Peter Ochs, a tribute

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Longtime Aquinnah resident Peter Ochs, who died on April 11 in Vienna, Austria, was a Gay Head original.  Thirty years ago, my wife and I...

Russian war crimes

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President Biden has called Russian military action in Ukraine war crimes and even declared he held Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible. Biden said...

Ginni and Clarence Thomas: conflicts of interest

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re​cuse | ri-ˈkyüz transitive verb to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly: to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a...

Russia (and Putin) in history

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In January, I wrote that I hoped that the Russians and Ukrainians could come to a peaceful settlement that would “guarantee Ukrainian integrity and...

Libel and a free press

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With its awardwinning reporting staff, The MV Times prides itself on precision. No news publication is, however, above criticism, because some people will always...

Banning books

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Chances are you’ve read a banned book. Take, for example, the Bible, the best-selling book of all time, estimated to be between five and...

The court after Breyer

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Observers have rightly noted that Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s replacement on the Supreme Court will not alter its ideological balance. At 83, he announced...

Why the crisis in Ukraine matters to us

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We must not underestimate the danger of the Russian buildup of some 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. While Russian President Vladimir Putin claims...

Revising history, renewing ideas

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The new year always brings renewal, as do new historical ideas. Revisionism usually occurs in the academy. But not always. Its most recent manifestations...

‘Storm Lake’ revisited, and your community newspaper

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Who will make the checks at City Hall? Who — among America’s great din of flackery and cant — will tell us in...

Jan. 6, executive privilege, and the rule of law

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The Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., leaving five dead and more than 140 injured, was an attack not only on a building, but...

More, not less, speech

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“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to...

Tsarnaev and the death penalty’s future

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Anyone convicted of a capital crime in Massachusetts faces life in prison without parole, although for the past two years, some legislators have attempted...

The Texas abortion law has no legs

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Massachusetts law allows a woman to have an abortion in consultation with her physician, nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife up to 24 weeks of...

August’s four critical news stories

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Martha’s Vineyard Times readers should be aware of how four crucial reports, released last month, relate to one another. They are: 1. the Martha’s...