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EDITORIAL: Vote, but not at the ballot box

A worker hands out disinfectant wipes and pens as voters line up outside Riverside High School for Wisconsin’s primary election Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Milwaukee.

April 21, 2020

Secretary of State Mac Warner recently said via a Facebook livestream with gubernatorial candidate Stephen Smith that voting this year in West Virginia should be easier than ever before, and residents should take advantage of this privilege. “It has never been easier to vote in West Virginia,”...

EDITORIAL: Unprecedented, trying times

President Trump speaks to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020.

March 17, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes its presence known around the world, effective and responsible leadership in government is more necessary now than ever. Unfortunately, such leadership in governing is proving to be a rarity in the United States and in West Virginia alike. Per ABC News, “… unfortunately,...

Remembering Dr. Ralph Turner

Remembering Dr. Ralph Turner

March 10, 2020

We at The Parthenon are deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Ralph Turner’s death. As a former professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and faculty adviser to The Parthenon, Turner serves as an inspiration to the student journalists at Marshall University, as well as to professional journalists...

EDITORIAL: $1,709,919,314,822

March 10, 2020

1,709,919,314,822; Well over a trillion dollars; More money than the gross domestic product of 175 countries around the world; More than double the annual revenue of every Fortune 500 company; More than 10 times the combined worth of every franchise in all four major American professional sports leagues...

EDITORIAL: Justice, racism and ‘thugs’

In this January photo, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice delivers his State of the State address in the House of Delegates’ Chamber in Charleston.

March 3, 2020

Gov. Jim Justice was accused of racism last month when he called members and coaches of a high school girls basketball team “a bunch of thugs” who “don’t know how to behave” after a tense game between Greenbrier East and Woodrow Wilson was ended early because of a scuffle. After the incident,...

EDITORIAL: Take the census seriously

In this June 2019 photo, demonstrators gather at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill as justices finish the term with key decisions on gerrymandering and a census case involving the Trump administration’s attempt to ask about citizenship status in the 2020 census.

February 18, 2020

With Census Day just over a month away, the people of West Virginia must understand and acknowledge the direct influence the data recorded on April 1 will have on their state, their political power and ultimately their every-day lives for the foreseeable future. As highlighted last year in a National...

EDITORIAL: W.Va. needs gun reform

Students at Roosevelt High School take part in a protest against gun violence in March 2018, in Seattle. It was part of a nationwide school walkout that calls for stricter gun laws following the massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school.

February 11, 2020

In a country where nearly 700 people die of gun violence every week, West Virginia’s gun violence problem is anything but an anomaly, but the state’s lack of safe laws and regulations to prevent such deaths is unacceptable. The 2020 Annual Gun Law Scorecard, recently released by the Giffords Law...

EDITORIAL: Young people must vote

In this June 4, 2018 photo, Cameron Kasky, center, speaks during a news confrence in Parkland, Fla., announcing a multistate bus tour to get young people educated, registered and motivated to vote.

February 4, 2020

As the 2020 Democratic primary kicks off this week with the general election on the horizon, voter participation in the United States remains remarkably low; however, it is possible more young people will vote this year than in any year prior. Just over 55% of eligible voters participated in the 2016...

EDITORIAL: Campus no space for hate

Signs posted on windows and doors at Syracuse University display anti-racism expressions, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Syracuse, N.Y. Students describe fear and anxiety as reports of racist graffiti and vandalism add up. For many, next week’s Thanksgiving break can’t come soon enough after day-after-day reports.

January 28, 2020

A college campus is a space that thrives off of a vast, broad range of social, cultural and political opinions encouraging passionate, intellectual and constant debate; however, we must make ourselves abundantly clear: our campus is no space for hate. Last week, students in Smith Hall discovered a...

EDITORIAL: Fulfilling MLK Jr.’s legacy

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the 9th Annual Wreath Laying and Day of Reflection and Reconciliation, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

January 21, 2020

Too often we hear about and read about politicians and other public figures virtue signaling and appropriating the words of Martin Luther King Jr. while only moderately or incompletely attempting to understand and to carry out the American hero’s core visions and values. For the sake of righteousness,...