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Violating law and principle

As of now, the Trump campaign has lost more than 30 lawsuits, and won two on minor technical grounds, with no impact on the number of votes either President Trump or President-elect Joe Biden...

A selfish act

Vogue magazine, what were you thinking? We were flabbergasted when the first reader sent us a link to the Vogue article about a fall wedding on the Vineyard, when it appeared online Nov. 16. Then...

Lost at sea … on a Sunfish

OK, you’re off Cape Cod, in your mid-40s, way out in the Atlantic, circa 1989, clinging to a little 13-foot, 9-inch “recreational, personal” Sunfish sailing vessel. Sleeps none — just a dugout “sitting spot”...

A time for vigilance

A business owner reached out to us on Wednesday, Nov. 11. He had just seen the latest report from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Thirteen new cases of COVID-19, on top of four, on top of...

Welcome back, commenters

Our comment feature on stories will return on Friday, with some new rules. We paused the comment feature in August to look at our options, and we asked you to provide your thoughts on the...

Biden, Harris, hope, and healing

Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris is the first woman to be elected vice president, as well as being the first Black woman, and woman of Asian...

Americans and the rule of law

For over 40 years, I told my classes that Americans were not a particularly revolutionary people. By and large, they accepted the vote of the people to make change from one political party to...

Traveling at home

My life has been full of journeys. As a child I lived in Latvia, Norway, Russia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Portugal, and even occasionally in the U.S. Later in life, my wanderlust led me to...

Stay vigilant

Two older couples sat in a booth on the Island Home. They had masks and face coverings nearby, but not one of them was wearing a mask as a Steamship Authority employee passed by....

Less than a week to go

Some observations as we wait for one of the most important elections of our lifetime to be over and the ballots counted. Vote. Vote. Vote. There’s really no excuse not to cast a ballot...

Yes, yes, and no

Mail-in voting is in full swing. Early voting began Saturday. And we’re less than two weeks away from the general election. If you haven’t made your decisions and already cast ballots, it’s time to...

Some lessons from Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing

During her confirmation hearing, like most nominees to the Supreme Court since 1987, Judge Amy Coney Barrett declined to set forth her views on healthcare, abortion, gun safety, and other hot-button issues. The year...

‘You knew … and still my boy is dead’

In Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1975 horror film “Jaws,” a drama teacher named Lee Fierro plays the mother whose son was killed by the shark. In a memorable scene, she walks up to the local...

Joe Biden for president

This election is about civility. It’s about character. It’s about making sure Joe Biden returns to the White House as president. We don’t pretend that our endorsement will change the minds of staunch supporters...

Can’t wish it away

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."  –President John Adams For the current White House...

An election with, without the president

The worst-case scenario concerning President Trump’s recent bout with COVID-19 is unthinkable, even though his doctors released him to return to the White House where he is receiving medical care. The American people must...

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...
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