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The ringing of the bells

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As soon as I heard of the Fourth of July massacre in Highland Park, Ill., I called my 94-year-old cousin, Gene, who had grown up there. We have been especially close, as I spent...

Peter Ochs, a tribute

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Longtime Aquinnah resident Peter Ochs, who died on April 11 in Vienna, Austria, was a Gay Head original.  Thirty years ago, my wife and I bought the lot in front of Peter’s house, and immediately...

Parade returns to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

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The small town of Ballina in County Mayo, Ireland, erupted with joy on March 17, celebrating the first parade honoring Ireland’s patron, St. Patrick, since 2019. With flags flying and traditional music playing, the...

The real reason Malcolm X was assassinated

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“You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear You’ve got to be taught from year to year You’ve got to be carefully taught.”  –Rodgers and Hammerstein, “South Pacific”    Most people are taught to think. They may...

A chance at the hot seat

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“How in the world do you get these gigs?” was the text I received from my brother living in San Francisco after I returned home from Martha’s Vineyard. When I grew up in the Boston...

Tree lobby: Where do we grow from here?

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The recent news of tree cutting and replacement planting raises the question, Do we have a plan for our future treescapes? No, the simple answer is, the Island’s insular town administrators plan and plant...

Christmas again

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When I was a child, my mother and I used to get our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. We took the straggly ones that were left abandoned on the sidewalk for free. We adopted...

‘Storm Lake’ revisited, and your community newspaper

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Who will make the checks at City Hall? Who — among America’s great din of flackery and cant — will tell us in plain language what’s actually going on?” –John Carroll, former editor...

Assimilated

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It was a big word for a small kid. I just wanted to know why I was the only Jewish kid in my class who did not go to Sunday school. Later I wanted...

So long, Governor

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https://www.tiktok.com/@marthasvineyardtimes/video/7019389976982998278When the Steamship Authority switches to its fall schedule as of Monday, the Oak Bluffs terminal will close for the season, all trips will be in and out of Vineyard Haven, and the “workhorse”...

Heritage Trail is long, winding, and unfinished

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What began as a hopeful promise to a small boy many years ago has grown beyond both his and our wildest dreams. Those long-ago conversations when we had an ambitious vision to create a...

Three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer

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I write this inspired by a New York Times op-ed earlier this year, “Should Young Americans be Required to Give a Year of Service?” I also note that this week marks the 60th anniversary...

‘Jaws’ fan caps off a Vineyard visit

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Just when you thought it was safe to ride the No. 5 bus from the Aquinnah Cliffs … Let me rephrase. It is perfectly safe to ride that bus, as well as all of the...

Donald H. Lyons: An appreciation

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Curiously, the ministry of a small town newspaper to its readers is not so very unlike the ministry of a small, like-minded congregation united in need. Bear with me on this. In each case,...

Clarity in the smoke

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I recently enjoyed a stretch of time up in the mountains of Northern New England. At the very end of the trip we spent a couple of days in a particularly remote spot. One...

An Island emergency: Not enough bike helmets!

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Martha’s Vineyard is suffering from a critical shortage of bike helmets, a situation that is nothing short of life-threatening. According to my own painstaking research, approximately 47.6 percent of on-Island bike riders have not...

Celebrate Juneteenth? I don’t get it

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This week President Biden made Juneteenth an official national holiday. That means you get the day off from work, the Post Offices are closed, and so are the schools. It means that it is a...

Cape Air adds new wings

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There’s a new commuter airplane on the horizon for Vineyarders. I’ve seen it a couple of times at Martha’s Vineyard Airport, but haven’t been in it yet. Cape Air has purchased 20 Tecnam P2012 Travellers,...

White privilege and me

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I am of the belief the majority of white people in this country — who care, that is — believe they understand what white privilege is. The majority of us do not. There are many...

Civics lessons can save our republic

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One of the crazy juxtapositions about the attack on the Capitol was the sight of insurrectionists slowly wandering through National Statuary Hall like fifth graders on a field trip, wide-eyed, taking photos and videos...