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It Ain’t Over Yet

My September 10 post about Nisa Counter and Ben Ramsey’s struggle to defend their small piece of Chilmark against a land grab by a Vineyard conservation organization was titled How the Story Ended . . . That ellipsis at the … Continue reading

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How the Story Ended . . .

Earlier this summer I copyedited a book about the Sacco-Vanzetti case. I’d known the basics for many years. In 1921 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of killing two men during a 1920 payroll robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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Turning Point

This morning, Nisa Counter and Ben Ramsey released this letter to their friends and supporters. That includes the many people who’ve been following their story on this blog. You know I’ve got a few things to say about it all, … Continue reading

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Defense Fund Established for Ben & Nisa

From the Seasonally Occupied Territories has been covering Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter’s fight to defend their land against the claim of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation (SMF), a local conservation group. Apart from Facebook, it’s the only public source of … Continue reading

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Has SMF Lost the Plot?

Tom Counter submitted the following letter to both island newspapers. The Martha’s Vineyard Times declined to print it. The Vineyard Gazette has said it was going to print it, but as of last Friday’s paper, it hadn’t appeared. I’m honored … Continue reading

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I got home from dinner last night to learn that not only could I not post to the Martha’s Vineyard Times website, all my earlier comments had been removed from the Sheriff’s Meadow story. This is flattering, sure — it’s … Continue reading

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So Long, Tent

For background info, see “Land Grab” (Aug. 17, 2011) and “What’s Up with the M.V. Times?,” published earlier today. Much ado has been made about the little structure that Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter built on their land in Chilmark. … Continue reading

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What’s Up with the M.V. Times?

For the background to this post, see “Land Grab,” Aug. 17, 2011. The story in today’s Martha’s Vineyard Times, posted to the paper’s website yesterday and dated Aug. 24, opens with this sentence: “Massachusetts Land Court Associate Justice Alexander H. … Continue reading

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Sorry, Mr. President

I’m not going to be out there on South Road waving when your motorcade goes by, and you won’t notice me craning for a glimpse of you when you visit the fair or hit the fairways or check out some … Continue reading

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Yesterday, From the Seasonally Occupied Territories was viewed 460 times. That’s more than four times the previous daily high. “Land Grab” got 412 views, making it by far the most read story published on this site. It’s attracted some thoughtful … Continue reading

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