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Mother Nature has spoken — listen up!

To the Editor: For the past 100 years, or so, we have been testing our human progress through technological strength against the mother of us all, Mother Nature. We’ve made immense strides in our push...

Grateful for Dr. Jasny’s efforts

To the Editor: Today I picked up Leo at the vet. I’ve spent a lot of time there with Leo over the past three years. When I first brought him there three years ago, he...

Farm Pond making headway

To the Editor: The path to saving Farm Pond’s ecosystem has been a long and circuitous one, from way back before I was born. Hart Realty’s generosity and forward thinking when they donated and sold...

Efforts of police appreciated

To the Editor: The Good Shepherd Food Program/Food Baskets M.V. members want to express our gratitude to the Oak Bluffs Police Department for its generous participation in bringing food to those in need on the...

The Trump social media executive order

Last week, Twitter added fact-checking labels, then a warning, to several tweets by President Trump. The president responded by signing an executive order that sought to limit what social media companies are allowed to...

The coming climate

One possible good outcome of the pandemic and its impact on the economy is having the cleanest air and water in decades, thanks to the reduction in vehicle traffic. Unfortunately, this transformation will not...

What’s in a mask?

Masks have surged to the forefront of public attention, propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The technical specifications of protective masks, formerly matters of arcane knowledge dimly known to many health professionals, are topics of...

Congressional action, congressional deadlock

One remarkable outcome of COVID-19 is the recent congressional cooperation. Since March 6, the body has passed four major measures, costing trillions of dollars, to help small businesses, people out of work, hospitals, and...

Emergency rental relief

At the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard (PEMV), it was business as usual…    making well researched grants to a myriad of qualified Island nonprofit organizations and awarding scholarships to worthy students. Then came COVID-19.  Our...

Fighting for the frontline

More than 300,000 healthcare workers and first responders in Massachusetts have stepped up to the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. They suit up in scrubs or uniforms, leave the comfort of their homes,...

Patriot’s Day 2020

Today, as I write this, is Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. It is a holiday in a few states, but Massachusetts is key because it is commemorated with school closings (not unique this year), the...

It takes only one

It takes only one. One person who is COVID-19 positive. One person, in our community who shows no symptoms and innocently is unaware he or she is carrying the novel coronavirus. It takes only...

Meeting the challenge of COVID-19 as a community

In frightening times, it is perhaps a universal feeling to prioritize the safety of our family over all else. To that end, we draw close to our immediate community and too frequently turn our...

Tracking the worldwide pandemic

To date, Switzerland has the most Coronavirus cases per million of population closely followed by Italy and Spain. This is likely due to the small size of Switzerland at 8.5 million people so easier...

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...
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