Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Letters to the Editor

How about a cruise ship to house workers?

To the Editor:  Think outside the box to solve issues that are common with limited build options due to availability and price. We all want and respect the beauty this Island provides. I have been...

Accident victim needs help

To the Editor: My friend Dick Mezger recently sent me an email that I want to (with his permission) share with the good people of Martha's Vineyard. Ed, Our daughter, Gayle, was the woman hit by a...

Don’t be bullied

To the Editor: The following is a copy of the statement I made to the O.B. planning board on March 31 regarding the MVRHS athletic fields. I’ve written and rewritten what I wanted to say tonight....

Leadership has condoned behavior

To the Editor: While the statement from the MVRHS leadership regarding the recent vulgar outburst against a female community member speaking about possible contamination from the proposed plastic field is a step in the right...

Housing bank is another tool

To the Editor:  The housing bank is the issue of this year. It is on all our annual town meeting warrants. The problem is not new, and It is important to understand that this solution...

Are empty schools a housing solution?

To the Editor: Regarding the worker housing problem (which is only getting worse as so many workers have recently been selling their properties here to more wealthy vacationers from off-Island), maybe it is time to...

Requests forgiveness

To the Editor: I would like to publicly apologize to Susan Desmarais for the offense and hurt caused by my remarks during her statement at the March 31, 2022, Oak Bluffs planning board meeting. While...

Comment denounced

To the Editor: During the Oak Bluffs planning board meeting on March 31, a speaker uttered an expletive while a community member shared her views about the high school's proposed track and field project. The...

Faith leaders support housing bank

To the Editor: Leaders of faith communities on Martha’s Vineyard are in the forefront of affordable housing concerns on the Island, as we are among the first to be contacted by people experiencing housing crises....

A solution for the community

To the Editor: In a Letter to the Editor in the March 24 issue of this paper, a writer made an excellent argument for the need for housing on the Island. I strongly concur. Teachers,...

Richard Leonard retires

To the Editor: When our dad (Richard Leonard) was promoted to president and CEO of the Martha’s Vineyard Cooperative Bank in 1989 (a big job for an Island boy freshly graduated from UMass), our mom...

Island is losing young people 

To the Editor: I would like to share my thoughts and support for the proposed housing bank article, which will be on all Island town warrants this spring. The coalition to organize and create the...

Another proud wash-ashore

To the Editor: While I was cogitating about a letter back regarding being a "wash-ashore," I noted Mary-Jean beat me to the punch. She said all I'd say about being "from away" more succinctly and...

Stable housing is a health issue

To the Editor: Housing legislation for the commonwealth that would greatly benefit Martha’s Vineyard has been proposed, and is currently being discussed at the state level. The legislative proposals include House Bill H1377 and H2895...

Proud to be a wash-ashore

To the Editor: Ellen Miller and I disagree about being wash-ashores. I spent my first 22 years in Maine, and although the last 12 of them were in Presque Isle, in Aroostook County, I was...

Grateful for community support

To the Editor:  My family's home on Main Street burned down on Feb. 7. We would like to thank the following entities for their professionalism in dealing with the crisis: the fire departments from the...

An Oscar-worthy resource

To the Editor: We movie fans, interested in the best, Oscar-nominated productions, should appreciate The MV Times’ Brooks Robards, especially when these films are being shown locally. There isn’t enough time in the theater to...

‘Wash-ashore’ is insulting

To the Editor: A recent comment about giving money for the vet bills of a chicken, "at least it isn't a wash-ashore or a tourist," pointed up the attitude of some locals that no matter...

A crisis in education looms

To the Editor: Essential services personnel on M.V. are required, but first they need housing! After reading the recent article about how the housing crisis is affecting M.V. Hospital workers, which I applaud, I want...

A shared loss

To the Editor: My connection with the Poole family goes back 50 years, to when they lived around the corner in Edgartown. Jini was the first to reach out to me, another washashore; Katharine was...