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Tsarnaev and the death penalty’s future

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Anyone convicted of a capital crime in Massachusetts faces life in prison without parole, although for the past two years, some legislators have attempted to end this practice by allowing parole hearings for prisoners...

Combating childhood obesity with technology

Childhood obesity is one of the most pressing issues facing our public health community, and an emerging technology in the form of “precision nutrition” is poised to combat this crisis effectively. The CDC reports that...

The Texas abortion law has no legs

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Massachusetts law allows a woman to have an abortion in consultation with her physician, nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife up to 24 weeks of a pregnancy. This timing fits with Supreme Court precedent for...

Narcan is the new EpiPen

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While we have been consumed with the evolving COVID virus, the economy, and Afghanistan, drug overdoses were up 30 percent this year in the U.S., accounting for 93,000 deaths. From Los Angeles to the...

August’s four critical news stories

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Martha’s Vineyard Times readers should be aware of how four crucial reports, released last month, relate to one another. They are: 1. the Martha’s Vineyard Commission report recommending a “carrying capacity” study of the...

Rule by the minority

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When voting is not only mistrusted but threatened, a democratic order may well fail. That seems to be the goal of many people who continue to question the outcome of the 2020 presidential election....

Is history a value?

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I’m an architect from Florence, Italy. I have been coming to the Vineyard every year since 1994, and since then, I have become fascinated by the local architecture, so different from the stone Palazzi...

Reforming the Supreme Court?

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A little-noticed action by the Biden administration, but one with potentially sweeping consequences, was the formation last April of a 36-member bipartisan commission to study the Supreme Court.  Disgruntled Democrats led the effort after President...

The unvaccinated find themselves increasingly isolated

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This past week I spent time coaxing a neighbor into going to the emergency department because he was having trouble breathing, and felt like he was dying. I assumed COVID, given his symptoms and...

Journalist integrity, thy name is Fox!

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The George Foster Peabody Award is broadcasting’s highest honor, and so, when the Peabody Committee announced the creation of a Peabody Award for Journalistic Integrity, I naturally assumed that it would go to either...

What to make of the heat

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In New England back in the day, driving around in summertime with the windows down, the air was cool despite a hot sun. Maybe the temperature would reach the low 90s, but meteorologists always...

Balance or bounce? The great out-of-office debate 

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One CEO of a major financial institution was recently quoted as saying, “If you can go out to eat dinner with others, you can come back into the office.” As the U.S. hits 150...

Who owns history?

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As a Harvard professor of moral philosophy in the early 20th century, George Santayana memorably noted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (“Reason in Common Sense,” 1905). In other...

An on-Island labor shortage could delay that lobster roll

In recent weeks, “help wanted” signs have become ubiquitous: gas stations, garden centers, grocery stores, and corner shops all need help. A booming housing market and tight constraints on the supply side (zoning) have...

This must be the place: Martha’s Vineyard

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If there were a song for your 2021 Martha’s Vineyard playlist, a contender would be “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads.  With the benefit of hindsight, reflective gratitude, financial considerations, and a...

More immigration — now

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The United States needs more people. Here’s why. In early May, President Biden increased the refugee admissions cap to 62,500 from the historically low Trump era of 15,000. But that is not enough, and the...

It’s time to support Tisbury School project

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In 1983, my parents bought a new house on Crocker Avenue in Tisbury, and we moved from East Chop over to West Chop. A big move, from the country to the city. I recall...

The government and the rule of law

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Three years ago, in 2018, the Supreme Court, ruling 8 to 1 in Pereira v. Session, determined that immigration officials failed to properly inform an Oak Bluffs man of his deportation hearing with a...

Endless summer: COVID-19 edition

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Martha's Vineyard is remote and difficult to reach, which is part of its unique allure. However, COVID-19 has an all-access ferry pass, can take flight, and will continue to mutate and lounge around this...

Student speech: Free, or not so much?

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School administrators, staff, and faculty have a legal and moral obligation to act as surrogate parents while children are in school. The legal principle is known as in loco parentis (literally, “in place of...
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