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Select board misfires on gun probe

There is a stench coming from the Oak Bluffs Police Station. Sgt. Michael Marchand has resigned, forced out after an internal investigation found that he violated department policy in the handling of an M-4 rifle...

Shouldn’t need a mandate

The Steamship Authority’s vaccine mandate seemed to come out of nowhere last week. We were tipped off to it on Tuesday morning by a commenter, and were able to ask about it during the...

Encourage more volunteers

We’re always struck by the number of people who give of themselves to make their communities a better place to live. Four years ago we started a tradition of highlighting some of those volunteers...

2021 by the numbers

Our first full year dealing with a pandemic is coming to a close. While 2020 was partially affected by COVID-19 beginning in March, this year we’ve lived with the effects of the virus throughout....

Green’s involvement in field project must end

Having spoken to Laura Green, Ph.D., over the past couple of weeks, we understand how proponents of the synthetic turf field became enamored with her. She has an easygoing style as she talks about...

Listen to the voters

Town meetings are often referred to as the purest form of democracy. Unlike a presidential election where your one vote is counted among millions and, in a blue state like Massachusetts, doesn’t do much...

Baker was a solid leader

Gov. Charlie Baker has mostly done a good job leading Massachusetts, and we’ll miss that leadership for a number of reasons. Along with a further erosion of a two-party system in the commonwealth, Gov....

Stick to the facts

When you’re attempting to make a case for change, it’s a good idea to base your opinion on facts. For several years, Woods Hole residents have been complaining about the Woods Hole terminal project being...

Weathering the storm

Last week we hosted a screening of “Storm Lake,” the documentary about the Storm Lake Times, a two-times-a-week newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa. If you missed the viewing at M.V. Film Center, you can still...

Project’s failure cemented

We could barely believe our eyes. Walking to work on a bright fall day, the sound of a jackhammer filled the morning air, while a large excavator near Five Corners picked up huge chunks...

Continued mask mandate makes sense

The easy thing to do for the Island boards of health would be to lift the indoor mask mandate. After all, cases are way down on the Vineyard, and the summer crowds are long...

Flooded with lessons: Will we listen?

That Oct. 25-26 nor’easter sure did pack a wallop. Trees were uprooted, massive limbs detached, and some up-Island roads looked more like a slalom course than a roadway — a very dangerous, wire-laden slalom course....

Protected and served

Three years ago we wrote about the case of Vera Pratt, an elderly Chilmark woman who was bilked out of more than $3.5 million by a Florida woman purporting to be a psychic who...

Tale of two transactions

Steve Bernier is doing something rare for a business owner. Despite having an established business — two supermarkets and a health food store — that could garner him and his family millions if he were to sell...

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...