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Pull the trigger: Get the shot

No, the vaccine isn’t some conspiracy engineered by Bill Gates. The government isn’t injecting you with a microchip in order to track you. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not...

Clarity in the smoke

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I recently enjoyed a stretch of time up in the mountains of Northern New England. At the very end of the trip we spent a couple of days in a particularly remote spot. One...

An Island emergency: Not enough bike helmets!

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Martha’s Vineyard is suffering from a critical shortage of bike helmets, a situation that is nothing short of life-threatening. According to my own painstaking research, approximately 47.6 percent of on-Island bike riders have not...

Needs improvement

At last month’s board meeting, Steamship Authority general manager Robert Davis was lauded for his efforts over the past year. Davis received high marks for his ability to handle the curve balls thrown at...

Is history a value?

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I’m an architect from Florence, Italy. I have been coming to the Vineyard every year since 1994, and since then, I have become fascinated by the local architecture, so different from the stone Palazzi...

Can’t have it your way

The Massachusetts Public Records Law is clear. All government records are presumed to be public, but cities and towns are allowed to withhold certain documents based on exemptions. Personnel records, for example, can often...

Reforming the Supreme Court?

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A little-noticed action by the Biden administration, but one with potentially sweeping consequences, was the formation last April of a 36-member bipartisan commission to study the Supreme Court.  Disgruntled Democrats led the effort after President...

Be kinder than necessary

We have a reminder for everyone: Use your manners. A story in the New York Times about a Cape Cod restaurant that closed down for a “day of kindness” for its employees got a lot...

The unvaccinated find themselves increasingly isolated

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This past week I spent time coaxing a neighbor into going to the emergency department because he was having trouble breathing, and felt like he was dying. I assumed COVID, given his symptoms and...

Abuse of power

Hours after The Times reported about an incident involving Tisbury select board chair Jeff Kristal allegedly ordering a traffic officer to target a business owner and his customers, he was at a select board...

Joyful noise

There are folks on Twitter who call them the “fun police” — those people who seem to complain when someone proposes something different and enjoyable in a town. Last week, the fun police came to arrest...

Journalist integrity, thy name is Fox!

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The George Foster Peabody Award is broadcasting’s highest honor, and so, when the Peabody Committee announced the creation of a Peabody Award for Journalistic Integrity, I naturally assumed that it would go to either...

What to make of the heat

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In New England back in the day, driving around in summertime with the windows down, the air was cool despite a hot sun. Maybe the temperature would reach the low 90s, but meteorologists always...

SSA transparency is lacking

The Steamship Authority is coming off a difficult month. On June 2, the SSA was the target of a ransomware attack that affected its website, its reservation system, and its electronic ticketing at SSA...

Balance or bounce? The great out-of-office debate 

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One CEO of a major financial institution was recently quoted as saying, “If you can go out to eat dinner with others, you can come back into the office.” As the U.S. hits 150...

On the rebound

Ferry reservations are full. There’s not a short-term rental to be had. The roads have slowed to a crawl in the typical spots (the Triangle and Five Corners, among them). And the sidewalks are...

Celebrate Juneteenth? I don’t get it

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This week President Biden made Juneteenth an official national holiday. That means you get the day off from work, the Post Offices are closed, and so are the schools. It means that it is a...

Restore trust

The revelations that there were problems with the applications for community preservation funds in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs and that accompanying documents were altered by Vineyard Trust is deeply concerning. In Edgartown, the issues with...

Who owns history?

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As a Harvard professor of moral philosophy in the early 20th century, George Santayana memorably noted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (“Reason in Common Sense,” 1905). In other...

A difficult no vote

No one questions the need for a better learning environment for the students of Tisbury. Let’s make that clear from the outset. We understand the problems with lead and asbestos in the school building. We’ve...
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