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Time to make the change

Whenever someone on the Island has a need, the Martha’s Vineyard community rallies in support. It’s time for the Island to do what the state legislature has failed to do once again. It’s time for...

Open up

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission does the people’s business. It is a regulatory and planning agency created to protect and enhance the Island’s “environment, economy, character, and social fabric.” That business — all of it — should...

Need for ‘new blood’ is clear

We’ve said before that Tisbury select board chair Jeff Kristal should resign. He won’t. So it’s going to be up to voters to remove him from office, should he choose to run for re-election.  Kristal...

Give civics its due

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Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School now requires seniors to take a civics course. The course, which will be taught in a lecture hall format in the school’s Performing Arts Center, will tackle issues like climate...

Never forget

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The following editorial was first published in The Times on Sept. 20, 2001, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.   Political organizations such as ours — diverse, dispersed, and democratic — regularly defeat efforts to apply clear-eyed...

Make it happen

The death of Hannah Malany lozzo, a 20-year-old woman from West Brookfield on the Island for a family vacation, has once again stoked the desire to ban mopeds. In 2017, the issue was at the...

Making progress

We were chatting with a source the other day when he told us something very impressive. At this moment, there are affordable housing projects either in development or actually being constructed in all six...

What’s truly ‘contemptible and dangerous’

Last week, Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande took the rare approach of issuing a press release to criticize our reporting on the David Thrift case. Grande knew the story was coming for months. We...

Pull the trigger: Get the shot

No, the vaccine isn’t some conspiracy engineered by Bill Gates. The government isn’t injecting you with a microchip in order to track you. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not...

Needs improvement

At last month’s board meeting, Steamship Authority general manager Robert Davis was lauded for his efforts over the past year. Davis received high marks for his ability to handle the curve balls thrown at...

Can’t have it your way

The Massachusetts Public Records Law is clear. All government records are presumed to be public, but cities and towns are allowed to withhold certain documents based on exemptions. Personnel records, for example, can often...

Be kinder than necessary

We have a reminder for everyone: Use your manners. A story in the New York Times about a Cape Cod restaurant that closed down for a “day of kindness” for its employees got a lot...

Abuse of power

Hours after The Times reported about an incident involving Tisbury select board chair Jeff Kristal allegedly ordering a traffic officer to target a business owner and his customers, he was at a select board...

Joyful noise

There are folks on Twitter who call them the “fun police” — those people who seem to complain when someone proposes something different and enjoyable in a town. Last week, the fun police came to arrest...

SSA transparency is lacking

The Steamship Authority is coming off a difficult month. On June 2, the SSA was the target of a ransomware attack that affected its website, its reservation system, and its electronic ticketing at SSA...

On the rebound

Ferry reservations are full. There’s not a short-term rental to be had. The roads have slowed to a crawl in the typical spots (the Triangle and Five Corners, among them). And the sidewalks are...

Restore trust

The revelations that there were problems with the applications for community preservation funds in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs and that accompanying documents were altered by Vineyard Trust is deeply concerning. In Edgartown, the issues with...

A difficult no vote

No one questions the need for a better learning environment for the students of Tisbury. Let’s make that clear from the outset. We understand the problems with lead and asbestos in the school building. We’ve...

A few things to think about

The recent behavior of Maciel and Sons, the Vineyard Haven septic company, can only be described as outrageous. Within weeks of the firm being fined $500 in Edgartown and having their license in that town...

A promising start

The Coalition to Create a Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank recently held two listening sessions. That alone sets it apart from the failed venture to create a housing bank several years ago. We’ve been impressed by...
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