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Yes, yes, and no

Mail-in voting is in full swing. Early voting began Saturday. And we’re less than two weeks away from the general election. If you haven’t made your decisions and already cast ballots, it’s time to...

Joe Biden for president

This election is about civility. It’s about character. It’s about making sure Joe Biden returns to the White House as president. We don’t pretend that our endorsement will change the minds of staunch supporters...

Can’t wish it away

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."  –President John Adams For the current White House...

Rush to judgment

The Tisbury School Building Committee should have sent its architectural firm, Tappé, back to the drawing board after renderings were recently unveiled for an addition and renovation of the West William Street building. Instead, with...

Create a climate for change

Wildfires are burning out of control in California, Oregon, and Washington. More than 5 million acres have been ravaged, the equivalent of 88 Martha’s Vineyards. Their toxic smoke filled the air for thousands of...

How much is too much?

The 304-acre parcel purchased for $27 million by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation raises some interesting questions about preserving open space on the Island. Generally, it’s great news that this swath...

Some election takeaways

Here are some thoughts about the recent primary election and the upcoming general election less than two months away:   A lot is being made of Joseph Kennedy III’s loss to U.S. Sen. Ed Markey...

A beginning like no other

January is the start of a new year. Spring is the season of renewal. But there may be no more important beginning than September and the start of a new school year. Typically, we’d be...

Old-style newspaper comments, RIP

The role of the comment feature found on many newspaper and other news content websites, and on ours until a couple of weeks ago, has bedeviled editors and publishers for years. When fully active,...

Do the right thing

To demonstrate just how egregious it was that the Tisbury select board denied a common victualer’s license to Vineyard Grocer, we first have to provide a little history of the process. A common victualer’s license...

Dog gone shame

We’ve reported a couple of stories about dogs recently that have been disappointing, given the Island’s and our love of pups. What allegedly happened to Max the dog is infuriating. Edgartown Police were called by...

Testing failures

We are four and a half months into this coronavirus pandemic in the United States, and our testing for the virus remains woefully inadequate, despite President Trump’s almost daily proclamation that the U.S. has...

How lucky are we?

This Thursday we will celebrate National Intern Day, and at The Times there is plenty of reason for celebration this year. We already had intern applications before the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing by...

Make it a day to remember

On the night Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School officials met with executives of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society to talk about using the venue as a backup graduation site, we received an email from...

Unmasking selfishness

A friend posted this on Facebook: “It's ironic the issue of wearing face coverings has unmasked the selfishness of so many people in this country.” That boils down the whole mask debate into one sentence....

Finishing on top

It was a telling scene on the night of June 29. Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling, working his last day on the job, got a call on his pager for an illegal fire at...

Reflecting on voters’ choices

Election season is finally over. After being delayed for more than two months because of the pandemic, the last voters from West Tisbury cast their ballots on Thursday, with hand sanitizer in high demand. Elections...

Spread cheer, not the virus

Hello Martha’s Vineyard visitors, we’ve been expecting you. We welcome you every year through our ferry terminals, our public docks, and our airport. We embrace the additional traffic at Five Corners and the Triangle....

Shift the focus

Food trucks and where they can — mostly can’t — be located is the issue that has grabbed the attention of Tisbury’s select board.  While Edgartown has been meeting and working with the town’s restaurant owners...

Meeting the needs

Last Thursday night, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission heard the latest iteration of Meeting House Place, a large-scale development on Meetinghouse Way in Edgartown that has become the latest NIMBY proposal on Martha’s Vineyard. It promises...