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Bad news sells

Scout Hutchinson , Opinion Editor September 16, 2021

In the past four years, Donald Trump has shifted the way in which people, especially people on the right, view the media. For better or worse (definitely worse), fake news has dominated the conversation...

Social media sites: Personal advertisers for white supremacist groups

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist April 1, 2021

Much of the world rejoiced on Jan. 8, 2021, when Twitter announced the permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump from their platform. Twitter cited misinformation and the events of the capital riots that...

Illustration by Allyson Kim

Stop anti-Asian violence

Camilla Tarpey-Schewd, Columnist February 25, 2021

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the number of violent hate crimes committed against Asian-Americans. New York Police Department data reported a 1,900...

The morality of voting for the “lesser of two evils”

Ava Liponis, Columnist November 19, 2020

Voting as it is practiced under U.S. “democracy” is a process by which eligible people are obligated to choose between narrowly determined policies and politicians. All youth under the age of 18, convicted...

What this record-breaking election can tell us

Ava Liponis, Columnist November 12, 2020

The 2020 election is finally over and broke quite a few records. Voters set a new record for early votes, casting 101 million pre-election ballots. This figure is roughly twice as high as the number of...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Birds are disappearing. Here’s why you should care

Sile Surman, Columnist October 22, 2020

Last year in Walla Walla, my environmental studies class visited Mill Creek on several different occasions. I remember noticing a small gray bird dipping into the water to catch food. The aptly-named American...

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.

Universal healthcare: Just for the president or a basic human right?

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist October 22, 2020

When President Donald Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19, he had access to healthcare that is not available for the vast majority of Americans, and he knows it.  After being released from the hospital,...

Ableism in the general election

Ava Liponis, Columnist October 8, 2020

In the wake of the first 2020 Presidential Debate and President Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, we have seen heightened scrutiny placed on both candidates’ mental and physical health and their "fitness"...

Democratic candidates should act like your cool government teacher

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist September 17, 2020

Election night 2016, I found myself confused and bewildered while my dog slept soundly beside me (oblivious to what was going on... Oh to be a dog!), hoping for the delegate numbers to magically change....

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Are comedians more reliable than news outlets?

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...

Understanding the impeachment process from the perspectives of the Whitman community

Jessica Lilly, Staff Reporter February 6, 2020

Impeachment — the issue dominating national headlines — has drawn varying levels of attention from the Whitman community. Of the 15 students in the dining hall asked by The Wire to go on record...

Illustration by Anika Vučićević

WWIII isn’t going to happen, but you should still care

Elise Sanders, Columnist February 2, 2020

After Qasem Soleimani, a powerful and influential Iranian general, was killed in Baghdad by an airstrike ordered by President Trump, millions took their anxieties to social media. Many feared a third World...

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