Friday, December 2, 2022

Editorial

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...

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....