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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...

Religion in America today

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The First Amendment’s two religion clauses require the government to “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Historically, the Supreme Court has interpreted these clauses by saying,...

Seastreak, a noble and hopefully successful business venture

It’s ironic that Seastreak officially launched its new commuter service to the Island last week on the same day that Steamship Authority ferries were riddled with issues. Steamship passengers had up to hourlong waits;...

More and more secrecy

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We are all going to have to trust Superintendent Richie Smith's interpretation of the school lawyers' interpretation of the law.  Again. Despite a high level of public interest in the legality of the MVRHS School Committee's...

High time that Trustees own stewardship responsibilities

We take pride in our family's enduring ties to the Vineyard and the Chappaquiddick community. Our family history here is one of service and stewardship — past presidents of the Chappaquiddick Island Association, Trustees...

Support needed for permanent winter homeless shelter

The need for a program to house the homeless in the winter on Martha’s Vineyard is undeniable. Just last week, we received reports that homeless veterans without housing were camped in Island woods; individuals...

Veterans continue to need our help

Voices is a series the Martha’s Vineyard Times has pursued as a way to give the public a platform to tell their own stories in their own voices. In a way, it’s a self-conscious...

Four fine Island whines: Not Chardonnay or Montrachet

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Tipping Lord knows I believe in tipping. I may be poor, but I’m not cheap. In fact, I usually overtip to make up for the parsimonious ways of my fellow senior citizens who...

Transfer fee won’t make attainable housing more expensive

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey’s administration yesterday finally announced a significant housing bond bill. There’s a lot to it, what the administration says is the largest investment in housing by a governor to date.  Perhaps most...