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Smart energy thinking is blown away by wind power enthusiasm

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If you are one of those who favor a clean, plentiful, growing, cheap supply of energy to support the growth of the American economy — and, naturally enough, its many subdivisions, including this tiny, remote (but not remote enough) outpost we call home — you cannot but despair.

You’ve got to do better, or bugger off

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Boring and numbingly repetitive, not to mention often vile, intemperate, and pointless.

The regulators have their data, fishermen need their own – and a plan

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The ferment in the fishing community, in reaction to threats to the industry's health and to the internal contraction among participants and within markets, began several years ago and began accelerating recently.

Grading our teachers

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I visited with Jim Weiss, our superintendent of schools, not long after the flap that played out on the front pages of both Island newspapers over a few students who wanted to wear their Brazilian national colors on graduation day.

From the corner where I tossed them

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Publishers send us dozens of books each year.

It’s our birthday. Look up with a smile.

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As a nation, we grouse too much.

In this business, you’ve got to have a plan

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Newspaper people have plenty to worry about, what with the recession and the World's Wild Web.

A good idea is what you make of it

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In his May report to the Tisbury selectmen, Robert Wasserman's Strategic Policy Partnership outlines the steps to be taken if Tisbury and Oak Bluffs elect to merge their police forces.

Tisbury officials and police ask voters to fund contract settlement

Geoghan Coogan, Jeff Kristal, and Tristan Israel, Tisbury selectmen, and Sergeant Robert Fiske for the Tisbury Police Union jointly prepared this essay.

Shedding, it’s a journey

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Our labs make shedding look so easy.

A recipe for working together

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Last week in this space, I suggested that expansion of what is today a modest use of cooperative or regionalized services will be, as it has shown itself over decades to be, difficult.

A chance to speak up about the cost of electricity

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The Cape Wind deal to sell the electric power that the planned Nantucket Sound wind farm may one day produce will certainly cost electricity end-users more than conventionally produced power.

Regionalization is a people to people business

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Helping one another, at the family, social, and municipal levels, is understood and practiced, almost flawlessly, on Martha's Vineyard.

This is no way to commence

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It is distressing to think that members of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's Class of 2010 will commence their post-graduate lives Sunday in a spirit of controversy and division.

Divide and conquer

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I heard this story 25 or 30 years ago, when the Island chiefs of police would gather once a month or so over coffee or sandwiches to talk shop and share information.

Step up to the school committee – somebody has to do it

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All five seats on the Up-Island Regional School District (UIRSD) committee will be up for election on the first Tuesday in November this year.

They’re home

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Writing the other day to a daughter, I recalled for her an occasion when my practices — long ago as a new, young parent — came into conflict with the seasoned practices of my own parents.

A high price for a modest contribution

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The May 7 announcement of a 15-year deal between Cape Wind and National Grid prices electricity created by wind turbines at 20.

‘Tis that season (shudder)

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The season of Vineyard disgruntlement is upon us.

Not in vain

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We forget.
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