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Childhood nostalgia in quarantine

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

April 15, 2020

I think we can all agree that these are unusual and alarming times; it feels like time has stopped moving, all at once. As all of us are making new arrangements, deciding whether we are going home or staying in Walla Walla, we are getting used to the emptiness. No matter where you are, there seems to b...

OP-ED: Why the left lost, a post-mortem

Andy Burnstein, Senior

April 14, 2020

When Bernie Sanders lost Super Tuesday and subsequent primaries by an embarrassing margin to Joe Biden, and again when he dropped out this past Wednesday, many of his supporters were not just angry, but confused. How could the party pick someone so uninspiring to be the nominee, let alone, a man with ...

Finding “good” during the coronavirus pandemic

Gavin Victor, Columnist

April 9, 2020

It is my belief that nothing is ever an unequivocally “bad” thing. If we look closely enough, we can find, in anything, at least a sliver of good. COVID-19 is both a tragedy and a divine reminder of human values and the need for transformation in the way we operate as humans on a global scale. ...

The problem with political party polarization

Claire Maurer, Columnist

April 6, 2020

Americans have policy opinions almost entirely based on their party alignment – we are more sorted than ever. We are categorized by immigration, race, sexuality, religious affiliation and what the role of government should be in society, which all tend to align along party lines.  It makes sens...

Biden is better than Trump

Mat Chapin, Columnist

April 5, 2020

Is Joe Biden a better candidate than Donald Trump? Yes. That should be obvious, but not everyone agrees with me. According to a new poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, 15% of Bernie supporters said that they would support Trump if Biden becomes the nominee. Some voters just don't trust Biden...

The consequences of panic buying

Elise Sanders, Columnist

April 4, 2020

Lately, it’s not been uncommon to see pictures of empty store shelves and people with cartloads of toilet paper and essentials on social media. These pictures reflect back the anxiety, despair and pandemonium of the new decade’s zeitgeist back at us. In addition, they serve as a catalyst for another...

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Wire is moving forward

Alissa Antilla and Samarah Uribe

April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has scattered our student body across the country.  Campus is nearly empty. Those who have remained must stay in their own dorms or off-campus homes due to Gov. Inslee’s stay-at home order.  Classes are all online. Students have become tiny boxes on a screen, attending clas...

OP-ED: Ineffectual and uncritical: A reflection on the Women’s March

Nicki Caddell, Sophomore

March 12, 2020

Saturday marked the fourth annual Women’s March in Walla Walla: this is not a cause for celebration. Each year, this Women’s March and others around the U.S. have become increasingly civil and tolerant. The “protesters” are asked to stay on the sidewalk and stop at red lights, and they do....

Are comedians more reliable than news outlets?

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

March 12, 2020

During these turbulent and controversial times in politics, it has been interesting to watch the many examples of late-night hosts and comedians who have taken on the role of political news sources. Some of our biggest informants are the cast of SNL, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Trevor Noah and Hasan M...

Forget coronavirus: Worry about antibiotic resistance instead

Gavin Victor, Columnist

March 12, 2020

I’m terrified of COVID-19. My head jerks at the sound of a cough. I wash my hands whenever I have the opportunity. The health threat is almost omnipresent in my mind – a predator watching me, always from behind.  This attitude is a common phenomenon. It is incredibly easy, especially with media s...

We need the Oxford comma

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

This article is about the Oxford comma. Particularly, it is about why the Oxford comma is so great. Debate over whether the comma should be standardized has fired up in recent years, and I’m here to throw in my two cents, as a consumer of all things grammar. We should use the Oxford comma because it...

Weinstein’s conviction is not the end

Mat Chapin, Columnist

March 5, 2020

On Feb. 24, 2020, Harvey Weinstein became a convicted rapist in what is undoubtedly an important milestone for the #MeToo movement. Weinstein was convicted of a criminal sex act and rape, but acquitted on his most serious charges of predatory sexual assault. It is likely that he will spend between five...

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