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Community wants to play role in hospital’s future

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Dear fellow residents of Martha’s Vineyard: How decisions are made about our hospital; how it responds to our health needs; and how it listens to and communicates with Island residents are current topics of conversation...

On immigrants, refugees, and other travelers

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With the House of Representatives now in its August recess and the Senate soon to follow once it deals with some unfinished business, it is appropriate to review the status of the Trump administration’s...

The Trump rule rollback

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Unless the Republican-led Congress can pass a repeal-and-replace healthcare law by its August break, President Trump will have had no legislative victories since he took office on Jan. 20. His sole Senate success was...

The Trump administration, climate, and Massachusetts

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President Trump’s June 1 decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change overshadows several steps Washington has already taken concerning recent environmental reforms. The Paris accord is a voluntary and nonbinding agreement. The...

Woodin firing was ‘difficult decision’

By Timothy Sweet Following extensive consideration and discussion, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board of trustees voted this morning to terminate the employment of Joseph Woodin as president and CEO of the hospital. This difficult decision...

A narrow ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals: A case analysis

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The April 10 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confirming the Wampanoag Tribe’s right to operate an electronic bingo parlor on tribal land in Aquinnah was narrowly focused. The...

'Community policing' article is indeed warranted

There is some confusion about the “community policing” article that is on the warrant in each town (March 29, “Is Island-wide warrant article on police policy warranted?”). Some say it adds nothing, because the police...

Taking up turf

One walk on the high school athletic fields leads to the obvious conclusion that the fields are in dire need of a significant upgrade. Right now, with no sign of the sparse grass coming...

Our Vineyard housing crisis, thinking outside the box

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The shortage of affordable housing on Martha’s Vineyard is clearly a major crisis and requires some creative “outside the box” solutions. As a real estate professional, father, and grandfather, I have critical concerns about the...

Planning for an Island Marshall Plan

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Hopefully, by now you know that officials across Martha’s Vineyard, working with professional consultants, will hold a series of three public meetings in each town, beginning next week, to talk about the Island’s housing...

Why care about housing?

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By Daniel Seidman, All-Island Planning Board housing work group Why should you care about housing if you have acquired your piece of Martha’s Vineyard? Or locked down a 12-month lease you can afford? You did...

Visiting physician’s statements about Lyme disease require correction

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Dr. Nevena Zubcevik’s suggestion during her recent appearance at grand rounds at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (July 14, “Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease”) that “recent research debunks several commonly held beliefs about...

Sorting through science and belief on Martha’s Vineyard

There has been a lot of focus on addiction in general, and the opioid crisis in particular, on Martha’s Vineyard recently. The discussion on social media and in local venues is passionate, and sheds...

We reap what we sow

After a period of relatively moderate growth between 2007 and 2012, the tax levy for the Town of West Tisbury has risen steadily and dramatically over the past four years: 5.5 percent in 2013 ...

It’s time to bag the plastic

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We’ve all used them. If you are anything like me, you might have an unruly kitchen drawer, frustrating all attempts at properly closing, from which glimpses of plastic handles protrude. Or maybe it’s a...

A seawall for the greater good

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The town of Oak Bluffs is committed to planning for the impacts of climate change on our shoreline. The North Bluff seawall replacement project is one part of this planning effort. We are working...

Chilmark must address the need

Chilmark has long recognized the importance of affordable housing to the well-being of the town. Without housing for people who were born and raised here, without housing for those who teach our children, police...

Why we said no to the West Tisbury budget

In an unprecedented decision, we, the members of the West Tisbury Finance Committee, voted to “not recommend” the warrant article enabling the town to spend money on its budget. The reasons are simple. By current...

Commentary: MVC planner, not climate czar needed

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Having lived for better than 80 years (40 full-time on this Island) I know climate changes. I was here for the blizzard of ’78, and plenty of hot humid days since. And I was...

Smart wastewater management needed

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Sooner or later, the nitrogen pollution threatening the health of Martha's Vineyard coastal ponds will affect us all. Some, because we swim, fish, kayak, or sail in the Island’s 27 saltwater or brackish ponds,...