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Better than expected

“Leave the parking the way ìt is and do the upgrades, why ruin a good thing?”   “Has anyone ever witnessed what happens in the summer when a tourist (or an islander) that has not parallel...

Nantucket got it right

Ssshhhh, don’t tell our friends at the Inquirer and Mirror or the Nantucket Current, but we found ourselves a little envious of Nantucket’s town meeting last week. No, not because they discussed and approved topless...

Wounded pride

Martha’s Vineyard in general and Oak Bluffs in particular have always had a proud history of being a welcoming and inclusive community. Last week, that history took a blow — an unnecessary blow. It was one of...

Ferries, democracy, and cats

Here are some things we’ve been thinking about as we’ve scurried around waiting for town election results and sitting through town meeting discussions. With the exception of Peter Jeffrey, Falmouth’s representative to the Steamship Authority...

An important step

It was a great week for the housing bank last week — a clean sweep of four town meetings and then three overwhelming victories at the ballot box make it clear. Martha’s Vineyard is ready...

More civility, please

Terry Donahue’s comments during a Zoom meeting have been and should be condemned. And while Donahue has apologized for his vulgarity aimed at Susan Desmarais, and she has accepted that apology, we need to...

Give it a rest

Dukes County and Nantucket officials held a public hearing Monday about the Steamship Authority bill filed by state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, and state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro. They should have called it the hurt...

Another valuable resource

There are a lot of resources on the Island for individuals dealing with substance use disorder. In a piece for our special section on the issue, published in February, Charles Silberstein and Laura Roosevelt...

It’s time 

The time has come for the Island to step up and play a bigger role in solving the housing crisis. For the third time, voters will have a chance to create a housing bank on...

All those in favor

Our story about the controversial tower in Menemsha that’s been installed as part of a security camera system is a bit of a warning for town meeting voters. The decision to pay for surveillance cameras...

Shining the light

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”  -U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis   Once again we are joining newspapers in New England and across the country in recognizing National Sunshine Week, which was...

Two long years

It was clear early on during the Wednesday, March 2, meeting of the Island boards of health that a majority of the board of health members were ready to lift the indoor mask mandate....

Feeling cross

We were walking on Church Street in Vineyard Haven, climbing that hill, when we came to the crosswalk on Franklin Street. We looked both ways. There was an SUV coming toward the intersection but...

A civic twofer

Vineyarders are facing very large and complex choices regarding the future of Island life. Either proactively or reactively, the decisions we will make and the ones we punt on will put a stamp on...

You’re not alone

We’re grateful for those of you willing to share your personal stories about Substance Use Disorder (SUD), the recovery process, and the real life struggles that so many face here on the Island and...

They belong together

Updated It’s hard not to think about the Abreu family right now and not be sad and then mad. Sad because this is a family that’s been ripped apart. We’re not going to attempt to justify...

Mixed messages are costly

We predicted this would happen. As soon as Superintendent Matt D’Andrea announced at a Thursday, Jan. 20, meeting that he was headed hat in hand to the select boards of Martha’s Vineyard looking for...

Wanted: New blood, fresh ideas

The Tisbury select board appointed town administrator Jay Grande as the town’s representative to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in what they hope will be a temporary, stopgap appointment. There were...

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...