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Refuse to look away

You are used to seeing our staff editorials in this space. In light of the events in Minneapolis and around the country over the last week, we felt it was appropriate to use this...

Healthy appreciation

This week, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital began accepting patients for some elective procedures, a return to a bit of normalcy in a place that’s been thrust into the frontline of a worldwide pandemic. As confirmed cases...

There when we need them

The Steamship Authority likes to use the moniker “lifeline to the islands,” and with good reason — the ferry service was created by legislation for just that purpose. It’s the only way to get...

Memorial Day paradox

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the Vineyard is observing this national holiday which asks us to remember the deaths of fallen American soldiers. In an odd coupling, this is also the weekend when we...

Misplaced outrage

Jim Malkin, the Vineyard’s new representative to the Steamship Authority board for a little more than two months, has already made some waves — and for that the entire Island should be grateful. Yes, Malkin misspoke...

Back to print

Today’s edition of The MV Times follows a six-week suspension of print publication. In mid-March (seems like five years ago), faced with the almost unfathomable uncertainties of Island life following the arrival of COVID-19,...

We’re in this together

A letter to the Martha’s Vineyard Times family of readers: Community newspapers like The Martha’s Vineyard Times have an unusual bond with readers. We take our charge — to provide essential information about events, people,...

Let the sunshine in

This week is National Sunshine Week, which was created by the American Society of News Editors “to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.” Today...

The worst of times bring out our best

These are strange and somewhat haunting times we’re in. Schools closed. Gyms locked tight. Movie theater screens gone blank. You can’t check out a book at the library (though they have some great online...

Power to the little people

They’re still years away from voting themselves, but the kids from Plastic Free MV are making a difference, and demonstrated over the past week that they wield powerful clout. After the Tisbury board of selectmen...

Issues in passing

A few things to think about while we wait for the decision on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Will he stay or will he go? Coronavirus is a very real threat, and it’s...

Board process is flawed

The county commission is considering 10 candidates to represent Martha’s Vineyard on the Steamship Authority board. To say this is an important decision is an understatement: The person will be the Island’s voice to...

The acquittal hoax

President Donald Trump is right. Impeachment was a hoax and a sham. The impeachment trial, that is. Who ever heard of a trial with no witnesses, and a jury where the foreman announced ahead of...

Meetings are for public business

Where do we begin with the Tisbury and Oak Bluffs boards of selectmen? While we appreciate that Tisbury publicly acknowledged the mistake they made by posting a meeting agenda to be held in Boston while...

Do you hear the call to serve?

The days are getting longer, and while spring is still a lot of cold nights and winter nor’easters away, it’s time to warm up to the idea of running for town offices this spring. All...

Missing the boat

Where do we begin?  What a shameful performance by the Steamship Authority on Tuesday, as the ferry service opened reservations on the Martha’s Vineyard route and then the system crashed. And if that’s not bad...

A thorny issue

An FBI investigation. Settlement of a sexual harassment complaint against the fire chief. And town administrator Robert Whritenour slipping up at a public meeting and saying the fire chief was suspended, and the finance...

Become a visionary

We ended 2019 by asking some Islanders to look ahead beyond 2020, to see how we saved Martha’s Vineyard in 2030, 2040, and 2050 — from climate change and sea level rise to housing, to...

Grateful publishers

Thanks to our reader community We’ve done our best over the past several weeks to let you know that a big change was coming for the Martha’s Vineyard Times, or at least for our circulation...

2019 by the numbers

There are a number of reasons we’ll remember 2019. Here are some of them: 6-15: The pounds and ounces of Solstice Hannagan, the first Island baby born in 2019 — it just so happens that he...