Environment: The Great Island Debate

It is not, of course, the only topic of conversation. There is always the question of the winds for tomorrow's sailing, or the prospects confronting George McGovern, or the latest gossip about who misbehaved after too many vodkas and tonic. But sooner or later, among the gatherings of the well-to-do and fashionable on the Massachusetts resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket,* the talk is likely to turn into bitter arguments over this summer's No. 1 question: Should the Federal Government move in and take charge of preserving the islands?

Yes, says Henry...