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Birds are disappearing. Here’s why you should care

Illustration by Lily Buller.

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 Dipper swims in cold-water streams for aquatic insects and fish eggs. Unfortunately, Dippers fa...

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

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.

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, Trump insinuated through a series of statements that his free healthcare, paid for by taxpayer ...

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" for office.  Instead of making an argument that either of them are unqualified, lack leader...

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. Like many, I thought “what the fuck is happening”. In the days following the election of Donal...

Are comedians more reliable than news outlets?

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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...

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 about the impeachment, nine declined to comment, citing lack of knowledge on the topic. Among response...

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

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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 War would occur. Young Americans dreaded a draft. Any optimism for the new year crumbled befor...

Don’t believe Trump’s Biden-Ukraine smear

Sean Gannon, Columnist

October 19, 2019

When it comes to weaponizing misinformation for political gain, Donald Trump is a talented man. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Trump capitalized on her sloppiness with her private email server, hammering in the “but Hillary’s emails...” exaggerations and lies until a majority of Americans thought s...

Schmitz Gives Last Speech of 35-Year Tenure

Tywen Kelly, Publisher

May 3, 2018

On Tuesday May 1, David Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, delivered a talk titled, “Assessing President Trump’s Foreign Policy: America First versus American Internationalism.” Schmitz lectured about Trump’s ostensible lack of a foreign policy in Maxey Auditorium for 20 minute...

Trump Lashes Out Against Athletic Protests

Trump Lashes Out Against Athletic Protests

Mario Santos-Davidson, Sports Writer

October 4, 2017

The world is fed up, and the sports world is catching up. Donald Trump’s repeated message of racial intolerance is infuriating a large portion of the population, and athletes are using their public platform to take a stand. The protests began last season, when then San Francisco 49ers quarterback,...

Trump’s Climate Change Challenge

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Jack Fleming, Columnist

September 10, 2017

American political leaders are typically swept into office on a tidal wave of partisan fervor driven by their own campaign rhetoric. This was especially true in the 2016 election; the partisan lines drawn during the rancorous and divisive campaign season were impossible to ignore. But after the dust s...

French Election Signals Danger

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

May 4, 2017

If you have ever wondered what the female version of Trump would be like, the answer is Marine Le Penn, one of the candidates in the French presidential elections, who is now in the second and final stage against Emmanuel Macron. Many remember her for going against her father for the leadership of ...

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