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A ranked-choice misunderstanding

To The Editor, Thank you for the yes on 2 editorial endorsement for the ranked-choice voting reform ballot question. In Brian Dowd's article explaining ranked-choice voting, you briefly quote Trip Barnes in his puzzling opposition to...

Too many unanswered questions on field

To the Editor: The Martha's Vineyard Commission is currently taking up the high school athletic fields question. While I can imagine the pressure that the school committee has been under to come up with a...

Right idea, wrong place

To the Editor: My question is: How do we protect the rural nature of the town of West Tisbury? What stewardship is in place to discourage housing developments to be surgically inserted into otherwise bucolic...

Bringing a historical perspective

To the Editor: Hello, Vineyard voters, my interest is in a better Martha’s Vineyard Commission. I have been in business for 60 years on the Vineyard, and I feel I can help with my knowledge...

Progress, but no solution to shelter for homeless

To the Editor: It is heartening to see a powerful vocalization from our Island community as the cold weather descends, and awareness and concern for our homeless population grows. This challenge has brought ever-growing segments of...

Be part of the solution

To the Editor:  The following was originally sent to the Martha’s Vineyard Builders Association board:  I’m writing as a citizen of Martha’s Vineyard. I am a design professional with over 40 years collaborating with our industry...

Tolerate differences of opinion

To the Editor:  I was amused by the verbose and sanctimonious letter (“Trump flag sends a message,” Oct. 15) reacting to the vandalism to the property of Oak Bluffs resident David Morris. I feel sorry for...

The power of one vote

To the Editor: I have been encountering far too many people on the Island who tell me they don't plan to vote in November elections. Many say, "My vote doesn't matter; it's a waste of...

Keep treasurer elected

To the Editor: I am voting no on ballot Question 3. Question 3 is only for Dukes County voters, and deals with whether the county treasurer position should be changed from an elected position to...

Climate change is not political

To the Editor: I watched some parts of the hearings regarding Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to sit as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. At one point, Senator Harris asked her if she believed...

Herd immunity would target the vulnerable

To the Editor: Trump’s super-spreader solution is another version of ethnic cleansing. This is supposedly achieved by “herd immunity,” which entails getting 70 percent of the population infected with the coronavirus. This means 230 million...

Check it out

To the Editor: The other day I went shopping at Cronig’s, only eight items on my list, $100 in my pocket, no problem. So, of course, eight items turned into 20, and my total was...

Not the year for trick-or-treating

To the Editor: Regarding the decision of the Oak Bluffs selectmen to open Vineyard Avenue for Halloween, here’s a little input from a curmudgeon: I'm 81, and my partner is 82. We are very careful...

Balance rural character with smart growth

To the Editor:  It has been my honor to be an elected Tisbury representative to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission since 2013. As a commissioner, I've been able to speak for other local working families, businesses,...

Keep the treasurer elected

To the Editor: Voting no on Question 3 will keep the county treasurer position elected, and will continue the checks and balances in the county’s finances. The county treasurer needs to be able to speak...

Commissioners: Yes on Question 3

To the Editor: On behalf of the undersigned county commissioners, we are asking you to vote yes on Question 3, which would change our county treasurer position from elected to appointed. We strongly believe this...

No reason to give Trump a second term

To the Editor: Why? Why would anyone vote to re-elect Donald J. Trump? I believe this upcoming election will decide if the country remains a democracy or becomes an autocracy or dictatorship. Trump has told...

Trump flag sends a message

To the Editor: In Rich Saltzberg’s Sept. 29 MV Times article “Trump supporter’s house shot at, sign vandalized,” Saltzberg writes about David Morris, a man who owns a home on New York Avenue in Oak...

Protecting the Island’s future

To the Editor: Growing up on the Vineyard, I have seen how both planned and unplanned development change the Island. Some of the forests I walked in no longer exist because they have been cleared...

Vineyard is vulnerable to fire

To the Editor: As I watch my native California burn, yet again, I ponder the possibilities of a Vineyard burn. Where would the residents of Island Elder Housing at Woodside go, and how would they get...