Friday, October 30, 2020

Letters to the Editor

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...

A call to action

To the Editor: In light of recent events, I must bring attention to the elephant in the room! Recently I've had conversations with Chief Mark Saloio of the Tisbury Police. In that conversation, Chief Saloio...

Long-term solution needed for homeless population

To the Editor: As autumn arrives on Martha’s Vineyard and we feel the temperatures slowly drop, we begin to think about the colder months ahead. At Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH), we continue our strict focus on...

Make Nomans for the birds

To the Editor:  Unless the Navy were to commit to a ‘whatever it costs’ budget, there is zero likelihood Nomans Land island will have a second life other than “The Mother Lode of UXO” that...

Threat of wildfire is real

To the Editor: I would like to express my appreciation for your Sept. 23 editorial, "Create a climate for change." The increasing threat of wildfire due to climate change is especially concerning to me. A...

Pandemic has kept legislators busy

To the Editor: Our community has faced tremendous loss over the last few months. Loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of time with others, and, most devastatingly, loss of life. Residents of our district...

Shop and watch locally

To the Editor: Once our retailers' doors swung open, post the imposed COVID lockdown, I made an effort to avoid one-clicking on Amazon to support our vendors — buying books at Bunch of Grapes, a...

Take action to bring about change

To the Editor: The Times editorial “Create a climate for change” (Sept. 23, 2020) sounds a much-needed alarm about the effects of climate change — not far-off effects, but here-and-now impacts. The national news shows...

Shared path is a nightmare

To the Editor: With due respect to Mr. Ralph Packer, I disagree with his comment about the shared use path being a "bicyclist's dream.” With two-way traffic on the same path, various rates of speed...

Conservation groups are doing a great job

To the Editor: Reading over your editorial in the Sept. 17 MV Times, you certainly make your bias against the Land Bank very clear. Sorry you feel that way, but you are welcome to your...

Listen to the town’s wishes

To the Editor: I was surprised to see the markings the surveyors left to define the new Beach Road. If this configuration can be utilized for a symmetrical road, then pedestrians will have the pleasure,...

Island boards, healthcare say thank you

A letter of thanks to the Island community: To all the people on Martha’s Vineyard who made sacrifices to help keep the rates of COVID infection low, we salute you. This has been a very challenging...

More bike paths needed

To the Editor: Regarding Holly Linton's letter, "Use the Bike Path" (Sept. 17), I agree that for the safety of all of us, bikers should use the bike path, not the roads. I have heard...

An insult to American soldiers

To the Editor: Recently there has been widespread publicity and controversy over accusations — which he denies — that Donald Trump has denigrated members of our Armed forces as “losers” and “suckers.” This brought back to our...

Can’t support parallel parking plan

To the Editor: I wanted to comment about the new "street design" for Oak Bluffs. My concerns are: Will spaces be large enough to comfortably park large pickup trucks, like mine? And, with limited spaces,...

Complete the census form

To the Editor: The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard is urging EVERYONE to be counted in the 2020 census — citizens and noncitizens, documented and undocumented, year-round and seasonal. Data from the census...

Work it out with FARM Institute

To the Editor: We are deeply disappointed to learn that the Edgartown conservation commission has evicted the FARM Institute, managed by the Trustees of Reservations, from Katama Farm. Our families have enjoyed the summer program...

Yard Sale Trail

To the Editor: A big thank-you to the people who donated items and to the folks who had the many yard sales this past weekend to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard. This year's...

Yard sales build for the future

To the Editor: On Saturday, Sept. 5, Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard had its first Island-wide yard sale. Ten yard sales were held simultaneously in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury to...

Remembering a friend to the Island

To the Editor: The Island has lost a great friend. Governor Stephen E. Merrill died at his home in Manchester, N.H., on Sept. 5, surrounded by his family. While he was raised in New Hampshire...