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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...

We’re almost there

Last week was a good week, arguably the best we’ve had in more than 14 months since coronavirus and COVID-19 became household words. On Friday, in a symbolic gesture that had to feel good, Edgartown...

Keep Zooming ahead

At a listening session held last week by the Coalition to Create a Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank, there were close to 150 people listening in during the height of the Zoom session. Last spring, when...

Offering a fresh start

The caller on the other end of the line is a young woman. She’s slightly embarrassed. At a job interview, her arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol on the Island came up....

Moran’s missteps

A proposed amendment to the Steamship Authority’s Enabling Act by State Sen. Susan Moran, D-Falmouth, that would change the weighted votes for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on the SSA board was met with immediate...

On the pursuits of justice and sustainability: Reasons for optimism

In the past few years, we’ve seen a groundswell of citizen activism around climate change (jump-started here on Martha’s Vineyard by our own Plastic Free MV middle schoolers). This week, we saw a fair...

Take it slow

There’s a lot to love about the streetscape designs for Oak Bluffs. The $2.7 million project being designed by the Waterfield Design Group would add new sidewalks, trashcans, streetlights, and crosswalks to the downtown...

Pump the brakes on SUP

The shared-use path (SUP) proposed now under construction (and delay) by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven should be a cautionary tale for Oak Bluffs. The first phase...

Lessons from a scandal

We wrote about the college admissions scandal previously because there was a slight Martha’s Vineyard connection. When the cheating scandal was uncovered, and indictments and arrests were made in March 2019, former Island tennis...

A few thoughts

We have a few things on our mind as we wait for that text message from the state’s preregistration system saying we have an appointment for a vaccine. There is always a bit of NIMBY-ism...

No joking matter

We’d like to remind you lead is highly poisonous. There’s no such thing as a safe exposure level to it. For kids, lead is particularly harmful, stunting the brain in ways often difficult to...
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