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Build smart in storm aftermath

“There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all.”   That's a line from the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists...

Ballot measure a chance to end the turf wars

What may have been lost in last week’s excitement surrounding the turf field was a vote by the MVRHS School Committee to support a nonbinding ballot question for voters to say whether they would...

Trump eligibility and the Anderson petition

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In its Jan. 11 edition, my op-ed in The MV Times reviewed the Trump argument before the Supreme Court to allow him to appear on the Colorado primary ballot. To reiterate, the focus is...

Focus on education, not a field

MVRHS Principal Sara Dingledy deserves praise for standing up and speaking her mind in front of the high school committee this week, asking to please find a way to compromise on the turf debate.  She...

Presidential eligibility and the Supreme Court

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News first broke last September that two highly conservative law professors argued that Donald J. Trump was no longer eligible to run for president because he was directly involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection...

Keep the faith in public education

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Before we sign off completely for 2023, I have a short message: Our public schools are under attack, but they are stronger and more resilient than their enemies assume, and more effective than you...

Thank you

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You’ll read elsewhere in our pages and online this morning that by the first of the year The Times will have been sold to Steve Bernier of West Tisbury. This is astoundingly good news...

The supreme court adds three (maybe four) to its schedule

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Like most government agencies, the U.S. Supreme Court winds down its schedule as the Christmas and New Year’s season draws closer. The last day on which the justices heard arguments was Dec. 6.   Since then,...

Stay focused on Sankaty errors

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There are several takeaways from the Steamship Authority’s internal investigation into the untethering of the Sankaty at its Woods Hole slip — one that uncorked a not-so-flattering narrative of the SSA. The response so...

Fun Police alert: Tread carefully when restricting private parties

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Leave it to Edgartown to try to pass a bylaw restricting parties. Next they might require everyone’s trim to be the same color, or their nighttime lights dimmed so as not to offend any...

Preserve community while preserving water quality

Island coastal embayments, as have we’ve reported many times before, have issues with water quality.  While not nearly as problematic on the Island as some parts of the state, such as Cape Cod, high nitrogen...

Labeling

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People take one look at me and immediately label me a sweet little old lady who feeds the birds and goes to the library a lot. If I had a label on the back of...

Two deaths, two different lives, a retrospective

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Two deaths, Henry Kissinger at 100 on Nov. 29 and Sandra Day O’Connor, 93, two days later, mark the end of an era. Few people will be able to emulate them, their achievements, or...

For a permanent ceasefire

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Controversy rages on our Island and around the world over the Israel-Gaza war. Some Island residents, myself included, have publicly expressed outrage over the Israeli military’s assault on Gaza, which we, along with millions...

How to be an ally to Jews in these difficult times

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It is now almost eight weeks since Hamas perpetrated horrific attacks, including murders, kidnappings, and sexual violence, on innocent Israeli civilians of all ages from the very young to the very old. In the...

I did it

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Thanksgiving is over, and I did it! I did not say one word about genocide, indigenous peoples, or Day of Mourning. I did not interrupt halftime, get up on my soapbox, and tell people...

Community service versus ‘serving your community’

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Some years ago, when I was visiting a high school classmate in a small town in Ohio, he showed me some benches near a bus stop and a small park. “Our high school kids...

In-law apartments a boost for housing, supporting seniors

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America has an infrastructure and housing problem, and the Vineyard is right in the thick of it: Baby boomers are aging, and the infrastructure isn’t there to meet the demand.  The New York Times reports...

The world needs more Waylon Sauers

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A couple of weeks ago, I left work early to attend the final home game of the MVRHS Unified Basketball team. It was unlike any other high school basketball I’ve ever seen.  The team includes...

Sankaty documents raise concerns of a cover-up

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The records obtained by The Times from a Steamship Authority internal investigation into what caused the freight vessel Sankaty to become untethered from its Woods Hole slip certainly do not make the authority look...