Monday, October 18, 2021

Editorial

The year things changed

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Leading up to Christmas in 2016, life — as the T-shirt says — was good. Though I was in between full-time jobs after taking a buyout from the Cape Cod Times, I’d landed an interesting gig...

Transparency matters

We’re all ready to purge ourselves of 2020 — the pandemic and the four years of lies coming from the Trump administration. And while we’re all looking toward better times and brighter days, if...

Open magistrates’ hearings

We understand why some clerk magistrate’s hearings are private. Accusations are easy to make. Providing evidence to back up those accusations is more difficult, and you don’t want to sully the reputation of an...

Restaurants need our help

We’ve already lost at least four year-round restaurants to the pandemic — at least temporarily. The Ritz is taking the winter off because it was down to two staff members. Seaweed’s, a new, promising restaurant,...

Lost opportunity

What happened to Danielle Clermont when she was a candidate for a job as a Tisbury Police officer in 2017 was wrong. What happened to her when she was a candidate for a job...

Doesn’t pass sniff test

The owner and managers of the Mansion House Inn — Sherm, Susan, and Josh Goldstein — are dedicated business leaders of the Island community. Let’s get that out there up front. The town’s select board did them...

A selfish act

Vogue magazine, what were you thinking? We were flabbergasted when the first reader sent us a link to the Vogue article about a fall wedding on the Vineyard, when it appeared online Nov. 16. Then...

A time for vigilance

A business owner reached out to us on Wednesday, Nov. 11. He had just seen the latest report from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Thirteen new cases of COVID-19, on top of four, on top of...

Welcome back, commenters

Our comment feature on stories will return on Friday, with some new rules. We paused the comment feature in August to look at our options, and we asked you to provide your thoughts on the...

Biden, Harris, hope, and healing

Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris is the first woman to be elected vice president, as well as being the first Black woman, and woman of Asian...

Stay vigilant

Two older couples sat in a booth on the Island Home. They had masks and face coverings nearby, but not one of them was wearing a mask as a Steamship Authority employee passed by....

Less than a week to go

Some observations as we wait for one of the most important elections of our lifetime to be over and the ballots counted. Vote. Vote. Vote. There’s really no excuse not to cast a ballot...

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

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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

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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?

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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...
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