Editors, Vineyard Gazette;

On Thursday April 20 we took the 1:15 p.m. Island Home from Woods Hole to the Vineyard. There was no luggage cart. The Steamship employee on the ramp said that was because when there are lots of cars, they will not run the luggage cart so that they can fit more cars onboard.

If true, this is a ridiculous policy. What about elderly passengers without cars — are they supposed to haul heavy bags up and down the stair? What about island residents who have gone off-Island to do shopping?

Perhaps this was just another Steamship Authority “mechanical failure,” though this time on the cart and not on a boat. The policy makes no sense.

Peter Jones