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Rush to judgment

The Tisbury School Building Committee should have sent its architectural firm, Tappé, back to the drawing board after renderings were recently unveiled for an addition and renovation of the West William Street building. Instead, with...

A case for teaching public health in schools

The best way to promote population health is to educate and engage the community who has the most to win: our youth. In high school, my Dad espoused some tenets for life: “Wear your seatbelt,...

Create a climate for change

Wildfires are burning out of control in California, Oregon, and Washington. More than 5 million acres have been ravaged, the equivalent of 88 Martha’s Vineyards. Their toxic smoke filled the air for thousands of...

RBG, her constitutional legacy

Tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have rightly focused on her leadership in promoting human rights, especially gender equality, throughout her entire legal career. Overall, the most important contribution she made to...

How much is too much?

The 304-acre parcel purchased for $27 million by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation raises some interesting questions about preserving open space on the Island. Generally, it’s great news that this swath...

A modest plea for precision, Part Two

In these pages, I recently set out some basic ideas concerning terms and phrases used without precision by politicians and the media. They say or write them, but give them vague or unintelligible meanings....

Real grownups also wear helmets

Fortunately for me, I was wearing a good bike helmet when a pickup truck ran me off the road early one morning in July. I flew off my bike and landed on my right...

Russia on my mind

By Grace Kennan Warnecke Less than three months before the American general election, Russia has appeared frequently in the news, but in somewhat different guises. As U.S.-Russian relations become more tense, espionage and related stories...

Some election takeaways

Here are some thoughts about the recent primary election and the upcoming general election less than two months away:   A lot is being made of Joseph Kennedy III’s loss to U.S. Sen. Ed Markey...

A modest plea for precision

Sometimes when speaking and writing, we may use words and phrases so loosely that we overlook their true meaning. This is particularly true during this critical time when emotions run high, especially during a...

A beginning like no other

January is the start of a new year. Spring is the season of renewal. But there may be no more important beginning than September and the start of a new school year. Typically, we’d be...

Old-style newspaper comments, RIP

The role of the comment feature found on many newspaper and other news content websites, and on ours until a couple of weeks ago, has bedeviled editors and publishers for years. When fully active,...

Do the right thing

To demonstrate just how egregious it was that the Tisbury select board denied a common victualer’s license to Vineyard Grocer, we first have to provide a little history of the process. A common victualer’s license...

Dog gone shame

We’ve reported a couple of stories about dogs recently that have been disappointing, given the Island’s and our love of pups. What allegedly happened to Max the dog is infuriating. Edgartown Police were called by...

Use it or lose it

I was 5 years old when my Norwegian-born mother became an American citizen. She never stopped stressing the importance of voting. She pointed out how lucky I was to be American, and that it...

Trump’s anti-Dreamers position must fall

President Trump acts like a petulant child, throwing tantrums, lobbing insults, even refusing to eat his veggies. Now his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is following suit. When adults on the Supreme Court gave...

The mask maven of Vineyard Haven

Updated, Sunday, 4:30 pm* “Move along and keep your head down. Don't touch any of the masks, just take the mask she gives you, and if she's in a good mood, she'll let you buy...

Testing failures

We are four and a half months into this coronavirus pandemic in the United States, and our testing for the virus remains woefully inadequate, despite President Trump’s almost daily proclamation that the U.S. has...

How lucky are we?

This Thursday we will celebrate National Intern Day, and at The Times there is plenty of reason for celebration this year. We already had intern applications before the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing by...

Honor his memory by voting

As I worked with congressional officials this week to prepare for Congressman John Lewis' return to the Capitol on Monday, and plan for the throngs of visitors we expect to pay tribute to him...