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The president, the states, and the Vineyard

Writing in the Atlantic last September, journalist Selena Zito, who has worked for several Republican presidents and state officials, wrote this about candidate Donald J. Trump: “The press takes him literally, but not seriously;...

Immigration bullying in our schools

At the most recent We Stand Together/Estamos Todos Juntos meeting this past Sunday, Superintendent Matthew D’Andrea was confronted, apparently for the first time, with the news that children in our schools are being spit...

Specific workforce training for early- and mid-career Islanders

On Dec. 29, The MV Times posed the question, "What are your wildest dreams for Martha’s Vineyard in the next 25 years?" Respondents offered ideas to improve opportunities for affordable housing through schemes with land conservation...

Executive power, national security, and the Trump administration

President Trump has signed several highly controversial executive orders. Three involve foreign policy and national security: the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico; termination of U.S. involvement in the Trans-Pacific...

On immigration

In the past few weeks, the news on Martha’s Vineyard has included references to town warrant articles that will ask residents to vote on measures to protect immigrants. Here, as well as nationally, there...

What democracy looks like

I met a woman named Ceallaigh Pender, who from head to toe was dressed as a vagina, at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., and she held a sign with a picture of ovaries...

Marches and milestones

The author plans to attend one of the Jan. 21 Million Women Marches. The MVTimes reports in this issue on Vineyarders who will be marching (pg. A7). On Monday, Dec. 19, I was turning...

Climate change, the Vineyard environment, and the president

Supporters of Donald Trump wanted a president who could “shake up the system.” Given the president-elect’s proposed cabinet choices and advisors, we can expect several changes in environmental policy in the coming years. Their...

All I want for Christmas is (Jew)

I just watched “The Late Late Show” host James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” Christmas special. Special guest Mariah Carey sang the pop song, “All I Want for Christmas,” with other celebrity guests singing along in...

The Electoral College and the president

Every four years, the nation determines who the next the president of the United States will be on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. This year, it is next Monday, Dec....

The Moshup legal win

On Nov. 28, the Supreme Court of the United States ended a decades-long case involving 30 landlocked parcels off Moshup Trail in Aquinnah. The case had been brought by the Bear Realty Trust and...

Massachusetts, the Vineyard, and Donald J. Trump

As a blue state, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. She won a majority in all 14 counties, nearly 61 percent overall. In Dukes County, she won nearly 73 percent of the vote. And...

A Wampanoag perspective on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. We think about this holiday while devouring the traditional turkey and similarly delicious baked meats in a family setting, along with fixings of “period-correct” vegetables, nuts, and fruits. We reflect on truth and myth. Much...

Take your post-election emotional temperature before sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal

This is the first of a series that Dr. Charles Silberstein will be writing about mental health issues. Dr. Silberstein is a psychiatrist who is on the medical staff at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Most people...

A letter to my daughters

None of this is new, it just feels new because we’ve suppressed our history. Except we know about the Indians, and how we slaughtered them, and broke treaties where we swore to protect them, and...

My father’s gun

I was a born devotee of nonviolence long before I’d ever heard of Gandhi. During my early childhood in the San Fernando Valley of California, I was always creeped out by my father’s pistol,...

Nelson Sigelman, newspaperman.

Nelson Sigelman is an outdoorsman, a sportsman, a hunter, a fisherman. True enough, all of it, but at his core he’s a journalist. Not a journalist in the overused, hollowed-out way the word is...

Talk show host is always an option

Today I leave The Martha’s Vineyard Times. I do so with a mixture of regret at leaving a job that was new and interesting every day, and relief that I can now shed the...

Once met, the Rev. Brian Murdoch was not easily forgotten

Father Brian Murdoch, priest in charge at Grace Episcopal Church, was something else. I got to know him about a year ago, and once you met him, you’d never forget him. It wasn’t just...

Why I am Jewish

I walked into Scottish Bakehouse this morning buoyant. It’s fall, I’m over summer, I’m wearing a blazer with butterflies all over it. People like me. I walk into the Bakehouse, my happy home, and...