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Stick to the facts

When you’re attempting to make a case for change, it’s a good idea to base your opinion on facts. For several years, Woods Hole residents have been complaining about the Woods Hole terminal project being...

Assimilated

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It was a big word for a small kid. I just wanted to know why I was the only Jewish kid in my class who did not go to Sunday school. Later I wanted...

Weathering the storm

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Last week we hosted a screening of “Storm Lake,” the documentary about the Storm Lake Times, a two-times-a-week newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa. If you missed the viewing at M.V. Film Center, you can still...

Jan. 6, executive privilege, and the rule of law

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The Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., leaving five dead and more than 140 injured, was an attack not only on a building, but on the United States. It was an assault on American...

Project’s failure cemented

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We could barely believe our eyes. Walking to work on a bright fall day, the sound of a jackhammer filled the morning air, while a large excavator near Five Corners picked up huge chunks...

Continued mask mandate makes sense

The easy thing to do for the Island boards of health would be to lift the indoor mask mandate. After all, cases are way down on the Vineyard, and the summer crowds are long...

Flooded with lessons: Will we listen?

That Oct. 25-26 nor’easter sure did pack a wallop. Trees were uprooted, massive limbs detached, and some up-Island roads looked more like a slalom course than a roadway — a very dangerous, wire-laden slalom course....

More, not less, speech

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“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” –Justice Louis D....

Protected and served

Three years ago we wrote about the case of Vera Pratt, an elderly Chilmark woman who was bilked out of more than $3.5 million by a Florida woman purporting to be a psychic who...

Outrage fatigue

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Recently a neighbor of mine asked how I was doing. Sighing, I responded, “I think I have COVID fatigue. The months and months of confinement, uncertainty, bad news, and fear have worn me down,...

Tale of two transactions

Steve Bernier is doing something rare for a business owner. Despite having an established business — two supermarkets and a health food store — that could garner him and his family millions if he were to sell...

So long, Governor

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https://www.tiktok.com/@marthasvineyardtimes/video/7019389976982998278When the Steamship Authority switches to its fall schedule as of Monday, the Oak Bluffs terminal will close for the season, all trips will be in and out of Vineyard Haven, and the “workhorse”...

Time to make the change

Whenever someone on the Island has a need, the Martha’s Vineyard community rallies in support. It’s time for the Island to do what the state legislature has failed to do once again. It’s time for...

Tsarnaev and the death penalty’s future

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Anyone convicted of a capital crime in Massachusetts faces life in prison without parole, although for the past two years, some legislators have attempted to end this practice by allowing parole hearings for prisoners...

Open up

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission does the people’s business. It is a regulatory and planning agency created to protect and enhance the Island’s “environment, economy, character, and social fabric.” That business — all of it — should...

Combating childhood obesity with technology

Childhood obesity is one of the most pressing issues facing our public health community, and an emerging technology in the form of “precision nutrition” is poised to combat this crisis effectively. The CDC reports that...

Need for ‘new blood’ is clear

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We’ve said before that Tisbury select board chair Jeff Kristal should resign. He won’t. So it’s going to be up to voters to remove him from office, should he choose to run for re-election.  Kristal...

Heritage Trail is long, winding, and unfinished

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What began as a hopeful promise to a small boy many years ago has grown beyond both his and our wildest dreams. Those long-ago conversations when we had an ambitious vision to create a...

Give civics its due

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Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School now requires seniors to take a civics course. The course, which will be taught in a lecture hall format in the school’s Performing Arts Center, will tackle issues like climate...

Three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer

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I write this inspired by a New York Times op-ed earlier this year, “Should Young Americans be Required to Give a Year of Service?” I also note that this week marks the 60th anniversary...
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