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Now comes the hard part

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Five years ago, the leaders of our town energy committees came together to establish an all-Island energy committee to address the climate crisis. Focused on joint projects and sharing of best practices in furthering...

Ending affirmative action?

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Like the debate over abortion rights, affirmative action in college admissions procedures is one of the most controversial political and cultural issues in the U.S. today. Most observers believe that the current super-majority of...

Will Martha’s Vineyard continue to ignore the future?

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One year ago, this newspaper published my photo essay on the sad condition of the Island’s neglected bike and pedestrian paths, most of which have continued to deteriorate without intervention. The piece was intended...

The court: Narrowing voting rights

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The bedrock principle of a democratic order is the right to vote. When election officials restrict an eligible citizen’s voting rights, they take the first steps toward authoritarian government. This is especially true when...

Transportation summit reports Island challenges and solutions 

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The recent Older Adult Transportation Summit (convened Tuesday, Sept. 20) shed a bright light on the challenges facing the Island's older adult drivers as they attempt to navigate the Island using alternate forms of...

Let’s keep things impersonal

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The adult and child walking in front of me were complete strangers, people I had never seen before. The man, who looked to be in his early 30s, was casually dressed. He was holding...

Ron DeSantis’s good fortune, Greg Abbott’s reversal

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“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”  –President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, address to the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1938   Two governors, Ron DeSantis...

SSA is performing ‘pretty well’

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I am here to give you an update on the Steamship Authority at the end of a very busy summer. Through August 2022, 11,406 trips, of 11,677 scheduled and available, operated on the Vineyard...

Should the United States have a new Constitution?

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The question posed in the title recently surfaced in the New York Times. A conservative House Republican from Texas, Jodey Arrington, introduced legislation directing the archivist of the U.S. to “tally applications for a...

Tackling the mental healthcare crisis

Founded in 1961, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) was one of America’s first rural Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC). The community mental health movement of the 1950s and 1960s had the dream that communities...

The postal service and abortion

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Most women seeking abortions today now go about self-medication by ordering two pills through the mail. According to the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortion is the chosen method for women to end a pregnancy in...

The art of the career pivot

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Instead of the Great Depression of the 1930s, we face the “the Great Resignation” of the 2020s, with millions of workers pivoting into new careers, adding part-time gigs, or learning new skills. Two years...

Let students make the rules

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We’re well into August now, and Island teachers are feeling the familiar dread and excitement of a new school year. I suggest that educators spend the first few days easing into the school routine...

Abortion and the right of locomotion

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The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee the freedom of movement. Law enforcement authorities may detain a person from leaving a state if they suspect that person of committing a crime. Alternatively, prosecutors can...

Guy walks into a bar

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Guy walks into a bar. It’s clear he’s been there before. He pours himself into what appears to be his usual stoop at the tail end of a slab of burnt mahogany. Barkeep saunters...

A further reckoning: The Supreme Court’s next term

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If last year’s Supreme Court term was full of blockbuster landmark rulings, next year promises more to come. To date, the justices have accepted 30 cases for full argument. They will add more over...

Emergency departments pushed to the brink again

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Emergency Department (ED) visits for mental health conditions have spiked by double digits across the U.S., especially for children. From Boston to Los Angeles, and here on Martha’s Vineyard, clinical teams are overwhelmed trying...

Supreme Court review: Winners, losers, and those in between

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The Supreme Court’s term, which ended on June 30, demonstrated the power of the conservative majority that was emboldened after the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett eight days before the 2020 presidential election.  The court...

After Roe: A grim future for many of our rights

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health infuriated some but delighted others. The opinion by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. overruling Roe v. Wade on June 24 is substantially the one...

American expectations of the Jan. 6 committee

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The foundational principle of the American democratic republic is the rule of law. The framers of the Constitution were certain that their new government was based on this principle; they divided power so that...