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An excellent dog trainer, a good human

When I realized that my daughter, Nina, who has cystic fibrosis, had to go to the ER last week, I called Island dog trainer Jeremy Jones, and asked him to meet us at the...

Outstanding questions on workforce housing development

I am a licensed Realtor in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and understand the inadequacies of workforce housing in both states, and how various communities have been addressing the issue. As an example, I...

Fear the upheaval of our democracy

To the Editor: It appears that we are in an exceptionally fearful time. Saturday's assassination attempt on Donald Trump plays too close to the historical rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany during the early parts...

A man with few equals

To the Editor: It is with a heavy heart that we heard news of the death of Gus Ben David — a naturalist and Martha’s Vineyard legend who was the first director of our Felix...

Last Fourth of July celebration?

To the Editor The Fourth of July. Fireworks and parades. Waving American flags. Barbecues and parties. Painted faces with red, white, and blue. All in celebration of signing the Declaration of Independence from the king of England. What...

Gratitude for healthcare director

To the Editor: Sarah Kuh recently retired as director of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program. That’s a big deal. The program helps Islanders obtain affordable health insurance. It was initiated by the Dukes County...

Woods Hole resident wants Island’s respect

To the Editor: We are on the mainland except that you Islanders believe you are cooler than most. What we do not accept is the unethical and shabby way you negatively affect our daily lives....

Housing Bank looks to the future

To the Editor: As you may know, the transfer fee did not get included in the Affordable Homes Act. We are disappointed, maybe as disappointed as our state Sen. Julian Cyr, who has tirelessly worked...

Keep our Island beautiful

To the Editor: We who love the beauty of this Island have been picking up and disposing of beach trash for years … Beach BeFrienders (sponsored by VCS) was formed a year ago to connect...

Flag-raising ceremony a joyous occasion

To the Editor: It was a pleasure to attend the flag-raising ceremony at the Tabernacle on Juneteenth.  President Trish Hahn of the Camp Meeting Association welcomed the NAACP to celebrate Juneteenth at the Campground. Toni Kauffman,...

Civility gone at Edgartown grocery store

To the Editor: I was so disgusted today about the behavior of a male senior citizen in Edgartown today. A lady in her twenties with a legitimate disability and tag parked in a disabled parking...

Supporting LGBTQ veterans in June

To the Editor: The service and sacrifice of all our veterans should be fully recognized, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. The Veterans’ Bonus Division of the Office of the State Treasurer...

The prices are not right

To the Editor: One $20 cheeseburger, one $5 lemonade, one $2 game at the arcade, and one $4 ride on the Flying Horses costs one kid $31! Just a few years ago a kid could...

Get Out the Vote postcard parties

To the Editor: Eight Vineyard organizations have joined forces to form Keep Democracy Alive, a nonpartisan effort to increase voter turnout on both the Island and the mainland in the November elections. We have been having...

Kudos for airport staff

To the Editor: Every year the FAA does a comprehensive safety inspection of all commercial airports (Part 139) under its jurisdiction, of which the Martha’s Vineyard Airport is one. This year’s inspection occurred on May...

Oak Bluffs zoning proposal is back

To the Editor: Yes, Oak Bluffs Voters, you read that subject line correctly! Only two months after zoning reform articles were resoundingly defeated at town meeting, the planning board is resurrecting them. When I asked...

Land Bank: Road infrastructure should match bucolic charm

To the Editor: The following is a copy of a letter sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. I am writing, on behalf of the , regarding two development proposals that it understands to be under...

Support Steamship workers

To the Editor: I am writing in support of the Steamship Authority workers in their continued negotiations to receive a fair contract. As a commuter, I feel I am in a perfect position to see...

Pressing for even more Cape Poge restrictions

To the Editor: A select number of Cape Poge landowners have provided fresh evidence of their insatiable appetite for the destruction of public rights. Not satisfied with their “victory” of newly established rules for OSV...

A call for better access for those in mental health crisis

To the Editor: We have something on Martha’s Vineyard that people around the country have been clamoring for since spring of 2020: a police force ready, willing, and able to introduce a co-responder program, allowing...