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EDITORIAL: The criminalization of truth-telling

October 13, 2020

For years, Australian journalist Julian Assange has been locked up, tortured and spied upon while battling legally with the U.S. government, which under two presidential administrations, has attempted to prosecute him for revealing American war crimes in Iraq. Two ongoing criminal trials involving...

EDITORIAL: Democracy requires debate

Democratic candidate Paula Jean Swearengin and Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

October 6, 2020

Paula Jean Swearengin, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, and incumbent Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito were trending for several hours on Twitter over the weekend as Swearengin and posters from around the world called upon Capito to debate her challenger before the general election...

EDITORIAL: Tax the rich

President Donald Trump speaks about coronavirus testing strategy, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

September 29, 2020

We hate that this has to be said, but minimum wage workers should not be forced to pay more in taxes than millionaires and billionaires—not in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, or anywhere else really. But this is our American reality. Over the weekend, The New York Times published...

EDITORIAL: Black Lives Matter

EDITORIAL: Black Lives Matter

September 22, 2020

Seventeen Republican state senators from West Virginia recently made headlines for penning a letter to Marshall University and West Virginia University criticizing, among other things, WVU's football team for wearing “BLM” stickers on their helmets. In the letter, Sen. Eric Tarr (R- Putnam) and...

EDITORIAL: High-speed broadband should be a public utility

September 15, 2020

The onset and continuation of the coronavirus pandemic have relentlessly exposed now-unmistakable flaws in the social fabric and critical infrastructure of states and towns across the U.S. In West Virginia, we have long known of these issues—the struggles to access necessary health care, the seemingly...

EDITORIAL: We deserve better than this

EDITORIAL: We deserve better than this

September 8, 2020

They say the stench of dying empires wreaks of desolation, death and despair. In the face of a torn and tattered social fabric which has been ripped apart and exposed entirely throughout the coronavirus pandemic, young Americans are asking themselves, “How much more can we take?” In a recent...

EDITORIAL: The essence of united labor

Eugene V. Debs, member of the Socialist Party of the USA and presidential candidate, speaks to members of the worker’s union on Aug. 17, 1912, at an unknown location in the USA.

September 1, 2020

As Labor Day approaches, let us remember not only to celebrate the resilience and bravery of the American working class (and of those around the world), but also to recognize the reasons we understand the value of organized labor and labor movements. If it were not for the brilliance and commitment...

Editorial: This is NOT normal

August 25, 2020

We are living in dangerously weird times. And things just keep getting weirder... Everywhere you look, institutions are burning, safety-nets are snagging, people are getting sick. The White House. New York City. Chapel Hill. We all know this. We are witnessing it, experiencing it, liv...

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...