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Letter to the Editor: The Reality is that All Lives Do Not Matter

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In this letter to the editor, senior English major Drew White of Williamsburg, Virginia rallies against the notion that “All Lives Matter.” Share this Post Recently, I have heard the argument that All Lives Matter. It seems obvious at first, of course All Lives Matter. Why would All Lives not Matter? But it is difficult to reconcile All Lives Mattering with recent events in our country. It is difficult to understand the rhetoric of All Lives Matter when Black, Native American and Hispanic men spend their lives in prison at rates that are disproportionate to the population. It is difficult …

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Letter to the Editor: For Entertainment’s Sake

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In this letter to the editor, writer and Virginia Tech graduate Edinson Shane Tolley compares a future society imagined by David Foster Wallace to the reality of today’s election. Tolley currently lives in Blacksburg and plans to move to Northern Virginia in January. His work has been featured in The Sandy River Review, Panoply, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Allegheny Review, Mangrove Literary Journal, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. Share this Post In David Foster Wallace’s sprawling novel Infinite Jest, an all too similar dystopian America is led by President Johnny Gentle, an “old crooner” who prefaced his presidency with a …

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Letter to the Editor: Corruption, Politicians, and Conformity

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In this letter to the editor, senior computer science major and math and Japanese double minor Riley Kohl of Leesburg, Virginia takes a stand on corruption in our government, the “propaganda machine” of today’s media, and political dissent. Share this Post Courtesy of Riley Kohl. Courtesy of Riley Kohl. I think that all of us, no matter which candidate we support or what side of the aisle we stand on, can agree that the majority of online and televised media outlets have become a propaganda machine for the ruling political ideology and those in high places who subscribe to it. …

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Letter to the Editor: Why I Cannot Vote for Hillary Clinton

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In this letter to the editor, freshman national security and foreign affairs major Andrew Young of Albany, New York explains why his gut tells him that he cannot vote for Hillary Clinton. Share this Post Dear Editor, To put it simply, I cannot, and will not, vote for Hillary Clinton. Not in this election cycle, not ever. Before I am possibly dismissed as a partisan, right-wing maniac I’d like to explain why, and it ultimately comes down to body language, and a gut feeling. As a first-time voter, I want to vote for someone who I believe has the best …