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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...

Did stigma kill George Floyd?

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If George Floyd had an “acceptable” disease instead of an addiction, would he have been treated differently by the police? If he carried a portable oxygen tank and breathed through a mask, would he have...

Immigration reform: Long overdue

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“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt, addressing the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 1938 Americans’ ambivalence about immigration has increased...

Home alone: Life as an elder orphan during COVID

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Last week marked a somber milestone, when the U.S. crossed 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19. I spent a few hours trying to identify trends from those who died. What did these deaths have in...

Whom does the Senate represent?

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The above question is incorrectly framed. We ought to ask not who but what does the Senate represent. The answer is the 50 states. The Constitution says that each state, no matter its geographical...

Comparing 1861 and 2021

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An astonishing and eerie chain of events chillingly links the pre-Inauguration days of two presidents-elect: Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and Joe Biden this year. All Americans witnessed on national television the Jan. 6 violent...

Coalition seeks to create housing bank

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In 2005, one of our local papers ran a story: “The housing bank initiative has cleared its first major regional hurdle, now that all six towns have thrown their support behind the idea, which...

The arc of time

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The passage of time is a continuum, and it is relentless. After a year of the spread of a deadly disease, shootings of unarmed Black Americans, protests in major cities, wildfires in the West,...
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