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The Electoral College is here to stay

Politics and primaries have rightly taken second place to concerns about COVID-19. But recently, as we move toward the presidential election, renewed criticism has arisen about the Electoral College, the way Americans choose their...

Just who gained the power of the vote?

One hundred years ago this August, women in the United States gained the vote, or as some of us would say, gained the power of the vote. On Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee became the...

Electric cars, the EPA, and us

The Island has become a major leader in combating climate change, especially regarding carbon emissions. Massachusetts has designated several towns as green communities, which, as The Times has reported, allows them to apply for...

The case for more diversity in town leadership

Soon we will be going to town elections and town meetings to choose leaders for the next few years, and to weigh in on warrants to address town needs. This is a tradition that...

Turf field will benefit MVRHS athletes

As an alumnus of MVRHS, and having played four years of soccer on the current grass fields at the high school, I am ecstatic to hear about the continued progress of the phase one...

‘Dr. Zhivago’ for our time

Should anyone believe that Russia today is different from the old Soviet Union, they should have watched “Dr. Zhivago,” the motion picture adapted from the novel by the great Russian writer Boris Pasternak. The...

Church and state, again

A few weeks back, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could once again redraw the line separating church and state. The court has not been clear where that line is....

Heard of the Lincoln Project?

President Trump’s impeachment trial promises to end in acquittal, given the high bar of 67 senators needed to remove him from office. Yet, several conservative commentators and lawyers are working to identify an alternative...

Romneycare vs. Obamacare, the court will decide

The Supreme Court may soon determine the fate of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.  First, some basic facts. Ninety-eight percent of Massachusetts residents today have health insurance, thanks to...

Lazes’ design is better for Tisbury bandstand

Shapes have meaning. Never is it more so than with a bandstand. A circular shape always connotes happy people sitting all around with picnics galore. The band is playing old favorites, often with a...

Pensions and Social Security, France versus America

Americans are following, or should be following, the impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the House of Representatives. The British have been distracted by their parliamentary elections, overwhelmingly won on Dec. 12 by the...

Taking on issues at the State House

As we kick off the holiday season on the Vineyard, I hope this State House update brings you cheer!  In a democratic society, education is one of the most powerful tools to expand opportunity and lift...

The Aging of Martha’s Vineyard: What history teaches us

History teaches us that significant demographic shifts in the population of the U.S. are accompanied by major changes in the communities which have experienced these shifts. For example, in the latter decades of the...

The aging of Martha’s Vineyard: Costs, benefits, and opportunities

Throughout our history, the U.S. has undergone a number of significant changes in our population. We are now in the midst of one of the most profound. We are getting older as a people...

DACA and the court

On Nov. 12, an ideologically divided Supreme Court considered President Trump’s authority to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Obama created in 2012 by executive order. The outcome will...

The impeachment inquiry

“Legislative in the Congress, yet checked by negative of the executive. Executive in the President, yet checked by impeachment of Congress.” — Alexander Hamilton, 1788 For the third time in 46 years, Congress is...

The Supreme Court in session

The Supreme Court, by law, began its new term on the first Monday in October. We can look forward to a bare majority of justices to continue to support actions by the federal government...

Making Martha’s Vineyard 100 percent renewable

Each year, Martha’s Vineyard uses the equivalent of the entire output of an average-size nuclear power plant operating for a month and a half, according to a recent study done for the Martha’s Vineyard...

History and memory

For several weeks this past spring, letters galore appeared in the MV Times about two plaques honoring Confederate soldiers placed in 1925 in Ocean Park on the Soldiers’ Memorial. The Island chapter of the...

Stewardship at its worst

We have a housing crisis on Martha’s Vineyard, and while many altruistic organizations are doing yeoman’s work to solve it, they have barely made a dent in the problem. According to the MVC’s Housing...