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Yachting for the rest of us

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There is an enormous, sumptuous, globe-girdling motor yacht moored at the Vineyard Haven Marina.

Left to our own devices amidst the fog and squalls

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For a quarter century, excepting only one or two years, we have taken a few days off over the Fourth.

What does it all mean to you? That’s your assignment this week

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Martha's Vineyard possesses unique natural, historical, ecological, scientific, cultural and other values . . . These values are being threatened and may be irreversibly damaged by uncoordinated or inappropriate uses of the land. The Massachusetts...

It’s the season for turkeys, Diesel says

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In my room at The Times office, with the easterly wind hammering the windows, it's work to remember that summer is imminent.

The powerful visual metaphors of newspaper days of yore

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What newspaper worth its salt publishes no comic strips, no caricatures, no political cartoons? The answer today, of course, is most of them. The innocent, daily pleasures of Beetle Bailey, Brenda Starr, Blondie, Popeye,...

The First Amendment is the press’s bulwark, not politicians

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Inspired by the tumult after we learned that President Obama's Department of Justice had intruded in the professional and personal communications of Associated Press and Fox News journalists, Mr. Obama has urged the exhumation...

Everyone’s got problems

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In the post-Roundabout era, the rhythm of life on Martha's Vineyard has relaxed.

Memorial Day and Lincoln’s magic

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Steven Spielberg's broadly but thinly acclaimed "Lincoln" drew on Doris Kearns Goodwin's very good book, "A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," , but what Goodwin deeply understood the moviemaker missed. The...

First principles and a long life

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Elsewhere in the paper this morning, we report on the success of the High School View staff, in competition among high school newspapers across New England, particularly in Massachusetts. The Times congratulates the young...

Reassessment and regression

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Four children, grown and out of the house. Three grandchildren warming up for life's race. Reassessment may be in order, and maybe some reform. I've done some of the former in this space over...

Happy days

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You can't count all the reasons why giving your children a good education is so important and so difficult. Money is always an issue. Exceptional teachers are, well, exceptional. The structure of public education...

Words and stories

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Since the afternoon of the Marathon bombings, words and stories have filled the air, along with tears, sudden and surprising and started sometimes by a song, sometimes by a police officer's determination, sometimes by a tortured mother's inconsolable grief.

Incomprehensible, terroristic hatred is always a surprise – and there are always stories

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Over the weekend of September 6-7, 2001, we visited Manhattan to see a play.

We need to do something different on affordable housing

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Over the years that have intervened since the first youth lot recipient decades ago hollered yippee, the size of the affordable housing problem has grown, as has the appetite for Vineyard property among the well-heeled in the Eastern Megalopolis.

Getting around, but maybe not here

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In San Francisco last week, the restaurant I had to get to was six blocks downhill from where I was staying.

Saying why and saying it clearly

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Chris Murphy and I have known one another since the 1970s, and during that long time we have enjoyed some spirited discussions, in which on one or two occasions we've agreed.

The ‘Not Our Crowd’ approach to zoning against big houses

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Chilmark voters will be asked this spring to amend the town's zoning bylaws to extinguish or, at any rate, encumber the ambitions of landowners who want to build big houses on their big lots....

High tide at The Times

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For nearly 30 years, The Times has believed that your business is our business.

Missing the affordable housing mark

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The missing keys to solving the affordability problem have not escaped the leaders of the housing movement over the last decade of their devoted work.

Following one reader’s trail, but not getting very far

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Looking at my bedside table the other day, I confirmed what I have long suspected, namely that the retro impulse is strong in me.