Sunday, February 25, 2024

Editorial

Let the flags fly

The reluctance of the Oak Bluffs Select Board to allow certain flags to fly is overly restrictive, and creates a perception of intolerance. The town’s select board has quarreled off and on for more than...

Happy Earth Day

“Our heedless and destructive acts enter into the vast cycles of the earth and in time return to bring hazard to ourselves.”  –Rachel Carson, testifying before a congressional subcommittee 70 years ago   Earth Day is...

Settle before it gets worse

West Tisbury residents at town meeting last week voted to reject the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s proposed budget.  The vote — which was overwhelming — was in protest of the MVRHS School Committee’s lawsuit...

Keep Oak Bluffs’ vibe alive

The Oak Bluffs Select Board voted last week to move up the closing time for bars an extra half-hour. With that, last call will be earlier as well — the same time as Edgartown...

Keeping housing momentum rolling

More than 200 Vineyarders — with fellow Islanders from Nantucket — assembled at the State House last month, demanding the passage of legislation that would help the development of workforce and affordable housing across...

Keep Tashmoo open  

Lake Tashmoo is a gem of Martha’s Vineyard.  Many locals flock there to take in a sunset, to watch the seabirds, or to quahog and fish; it’s a calm spot, and generations of families have...

Voting by mail should be an option

The decision by Tisbury not to allow voting by mail during the town election in the spring is puzzling.  Tisbury is the only town on Martha’s Vineyard that will be opting out of what has...

A more modern democracy

Massachusetts lawmakers appear ready to allow cities and towns to hold remote meetings for another two years. The current rules expire at the end of the month if lawmakers don’t reach a deal, which...

Reap what we sow

We were stunned to read in an email from Island Grown Initiative that there are now approximately 4,000 registered clients at the Island Food Pantry — nearly 20 percent of the year-round population, IGI...

Comment option has returned

After much anticipation, we are bringing our online comment option back. Providing maximum latitude to commenters, insulating readers who like the idea of comments but can be alienated by the harsh voice many commenters adopt,...

Make events free for students

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Committee has made sporting events — aside from playoffs — free for students for the rest of the year. We applaud them for that. The committee is also considering...

We’re reviewing our ‘comments’ process

As some of you have already noticed, we have closed our online Comments feature for some redesign and renovation. We think that comments are very important, because they can give a voice to all...

Anchors away

Last week, the Edgartown select board heard from staff at the Council on Aging's Anchors’ program. A five-year planning committee brought their early findings to the meeting, including the challenges of operating out of...

To beach or not to beach

The Trustees of Reservations manages 120 miles of coastline in the commonwealth, and has worked to protect the ecosystems of the properties on the Island for 60 years. TTOR’s current contract to protect Norton...

Never let them forget

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is riding a red wave of his own, no doubt in part due to his political stunt involving the 50 migrants he manipulated into taking flights to Martha’s Vineyard on...

Stop the bleeding — regionalize

Someone dared utter the word “regionalize” on the Vineyard, and fires did not ignite spontaneously, massive waves did not crash over the Island, and locusts did not emerge to terrorize us. At a recent meeting...

Exit, stage left

Katharine Cornell must be rolling over in her grave. Cornell, a star of theatrical performances during the 20th century and a seasonal resident of the Island, was the benefactor for the Katharine Cornell Theater,...

Charge ahead

We are talking a good game on the Island when it comes to dealing with climate change and sea level rise, and the impacts both could have on the Vineyard moving forward. All six towns...

Time to find a better solution

We doubt the homeless problem on Martha’s Vineyard is going away anytime soon. The lack of affordable housing and rental apartments has been well-documented in recent years, and even with a Housing Bank, this...

Old is not historic

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission misfired when it decided to say no to the demolition of 43 Look St. in Vineyard Haven. The house is old, built circa 1900, but in no way can anyone point...