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On this frenetic holiday, pause for Memorial Day’s true meaning

Here comes the sun. Or at least, that is the hope for this Memorial Day weekend, as the unofficial start to the summer season gets underway.  College graduations are mostly over, and students are beginning...

Steamship shows its arrogance … again

In the news last week, the Steamship Authority administration recommended providing a permit to a New Bedford company to deliver freight trucks from the South Coast city to the Island on a year-round basis.  Under...

Everyone should have access to treasured Chappy beaches

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The natural splendor of the beaches on Chappaquiddick attracts swimmers, hikers, anglers, sunbathers, birdwatchers, and sunset — or sunrise — watchers. For generations, Martha’s Vineyard residents and visitors have come to these beaches seeking...

The new EPA emissions rule

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On April 25, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued far-reaching new rules concerning coal-fired power plants: They must capture the air pollution that they produce, or they will have to shut down. The federal...

The Times’ first editorial

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from an editorial printed on the front page of the first published MV Times newspaper. The paper came out on Thursday, May 3, 1984. We are republishing...

‘A Timely Issue’

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The front page of the newspaper has yellowed into a sepia tone in the frame that hangs in my office overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor, but the words feel like they are still unusually current....

The good, the bad, the sad: Newspapering for 40 years

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Now, 40 years since its founding, The Martha’s Vineyard Times once again doubles down to its news-gathering overwatch on Islanders' behalf. And once again, although a new crowd is at the controls, the job...

Tortured Poets ‘Taylored’ for our needs?

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And who’s going to hold you like me? And who’s going to love you, if not me? I laughed in your face and said, "You’re not Dylan Thomas, I’m not Patti Smith" This ain’t the Chelsea Hotel We’re modern...

Through the rancor, Chilmark finds compromise 

It’s been quite a week in the news.  The U.S. House of Representatives finally put aside its deep divisions to sign an aid package that will save untold thousands of lives in the grinding war...

How to address a national crisis: Chronic absenteeism

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American students are skipping school in record numbers, a crisis that is so acute that it became the lead story in The New York Times recently, as well as the subject of the Times’...

Town meetings shouldn’t be a snoozer 

Updated, April 18 Town meeting is one of New England’s proudest traditions, and the most hands-on form of democracy in which Islanders can participate. Unlike voting in presidential elections, which can feel like a fait...

The migrants on the bridge: A follow-up

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Anyone who casually follows the news knows that on March 26, a 984-foot container ship sailing under a Singaporean flag smashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, sending it into the Patapsco...

A moment of awe; a time for transformation

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The moon moved slowly between the sun and earth, obscuring the light of the sun. The sky dimmed, and the temperature dropped. A strange dusk fell across Chilmark atop Peaked Hill, one of the...

Questions to consider before town meeting

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Do you value living in a neighborhood where you enjoy the peace of mind that your home, your backyard, and your neighborhood will be free of noise, lights, dust, heavy trucks, and fumes? When you...

The case for overlay districts in Oak Bluffs

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For all intents and purposes, Oak Bluffs has made it impossible for professional service providers to open a business practice outside of our downtown. Furthermore, commercial businesses have no option to stage their operations...

Sounding the alarm: losing volunteer firefighters is an unsettling trend 

Last week’s news that fire departments are having difficulty recruiting volunteer firefighters should not be taken lightly. While maybe not a five-alarm fire, it underscores a troubling trend on the Island. Vineyard fire departments have...

The more immigrants we have, the better off we will be

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As the Island population grew during the Covid-19 pandemic, an accompanying increase occurred in its demographic makeup as the recent Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s statistical report shows. It reveals a marked increase in ethnic and...

Amid growling and whining, the veterinarian shortage is still a business story

There’s been a lot of growling and some whining around one of the few remaining animal health care providers on the Island, which could be losing its space at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.  Owners at...

Toward a more perfect union

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I’ve always loved the elegant, aspirational phrase “toward a more perfect union,” found in the opening sentence of our Constitution. It was our Founding Fathers’ first priority, ahead of establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility,...

The ‘first rough draft’ covering Island schools

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In the bright, unforgiving light of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria, a cluster of a dozen parents — all immigrants from Brazil — and a handful of teachers who work in the...