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A hearty yes to the fish pier

Unless there is lurking somewhere a great white shark of an argument against constructing a fishing pier off the North Bluff shore of Oak Bluffs, the Martha's Vineyard Commission, considering the proposal as a development of regional impact (DRI), ought to approve enthusiastically.

You could look it up

Back in December of last year, a lively online discussion was sparked when this newspaper reported that Edgartown voters would be asked, at our 2010 annual town meeting, to borrow $4 million to build a new public library.

Huffing and puffing continues – no time to let up

We welcome the shift in the Patrick administration's wind energy development focus from state waters to federal waters.

Is wind energy the future?

The unalloyed partisans on each end of the Horseshoe Shoals wind farm debate have little to offer the rest of us who must find a way to evaluate this impressive proposal.

Putting a municipal sewer system in its place

Tisbury voters, led by the planning board and a variety of opponents of growth, chose to build a municipal sewer system in 2004 that was designed to do something a sewer system is not supposed to do — namely, control growth and change.

Evening watch

Even on summer evenings I didn't often linger outside.

Toward a less brutal debate, or are we indeed what we think we are?

Admit it, the heart swells with self-satisfaction and contentment at the thought that ours is a community in which the milk of human kindness and sympathetic understanding courses like hurricane floodwaters along each and every potholed dirt road? What a remarkable place to live.

It’s time to rethink this whole business of wind turbines, land-based or at sea

It is modestly encouraging to learn, as we do this week, that Massachusetts and Rhode Island are conspiring over big time wind energy development in federal waters off the coasts of the two states.

Poor us, or maybe not

You've seen the "Poor Martha" bumper sticker.

A good collar, but too many misses

It is with great relief that we learn that Oak Bluffs police have captured and charged the man who is alleged to have repeatedly peered into houses in Oak Bluffs and in some cases entered the houses and assaulted the sleeping women who lived there.

Some breezy advice

Here is some advice about hurricane preparedness.

Good show, Islanders “” coordinated emergency management, not so much

Vineyarders were very well prepared for hurricane Earl, even though, in the deepest sense, he promised to be the worst sort of guest.

Forward into the past

For those of us who live and work here year-round, Labor Day is one of the most eagerly awaited holidays of the year.

Mysteries all – it’s been a multinational week

If you wondered whether the world had its collective eye on Martha's Vineyard during the last 10 days or so, well, the truth is that there is no certain way to know.

Jobs and work, and the difference between them

Americans celebrated Labor Day for the first time on September 5, 1882, in New York City.

Heroic work and a teaching moment

We look for heroes everywhere these days.

What happens when rates can’t rise?

It's not easy being the Steamship Authority.

The schoolhouse beckons – for learners, it’s a matter of ardor, not mere facts

We haven't a lot of ceremony left in American life, alas, but commencements do go on, year after year, and in the grand tradition, with full, appropriate panoply, bringing together, as we see here today, people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and indeed of the world, to pay tribute to genuinely worthy accomplishment.

A perfect heart

Following is a reflection on the life of Patricia Neal, who died August 8, at her Edgartown home.