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Matt Walsh is a sophomore staff columnist concentrating in either international relations or political science. Hailing from Central Massachusetts, he has worked on multiple Democratic campaigns in the state, most recently Ed Markey’s bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. When there isn’t a pandemic, Matt can be found running on the streets of Providence or attending local punk shows. His articles focus on class and racial inequality in the United States.

Articles by Matt Walsh (14)

Walsh ’23: Not your parents’ youth sports

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: Not your parents’ youth sports

March 24, 2021 0 comments

In just about every facet of American life, the pandemic has worsened existing inequities — and youth sports are no exception. Even before the pandemic, the professionalization of sports had been making youth athletics less equal. But COVID-19 has driven yet another wedge between rich and poor youth athletes by […]

Walsh ’23: Will Biden meaningfully increase government transparency? Probably not.

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: Will Biden meaningfully increase government transparency? Probably not.

March 8, 2021 0 comments

With the tumult of the last four years, it’s not hard to decipher President Biden’s mandate. Economic relief from COVID-19 and racial justice sit atop the agenda while issues like environmental protection, LGBTQ+ rights and electoral reform are on a slightly lower rung. But his mandate goes beyond just expanding […]

Walsh ’23: The government didn’t make us scared enough of COVID-19

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: The government didn’t make us scared enough of COVID-19

February 16, 2021 4 comments

“When the pandemic is over” has been our country’s wishful refrain throughout the course of COVID-19 — but at every stage of the crisis, the “when” has changed. In the naive days of March and April, we thought we’d gain normalcy by summer.

Walsh ’23: Conspiracy theories do not belong in the marketplace of ideas

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: Conspiracy theories do not belong in the marketplace of ideas

February 5, 2021 1 comment

Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s personal account and purge its platform of conspiracy-peddling profiles has breathed new life into America’s free speech culture war.

Walsh ’23: The savings disparity

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: The savings disparity

January 20, 2021 0 comments

As joblessness claims have reached record highs during the pandemic, the ultra-rich have lined their pockets. By taking advantage of easy access to PPP loans, tax loopholes and the summer rebound in the stock market, the country’s billionaires have added more than $500 billion to their net worth.

Walsh ’23: Widespread support for Trump shows that democracy is at stake

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: Widespread support for Trump shows that democracy is at stake

November 13, 2020 0 comments

Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump last Tuesday with both a healthy electoral college margin and a significant popular vote majority.

Five Herald Columnists reflect on an Election Week like no other

Columns, Opinions

Five Herald Columnists reflect on an Election Week like no other

November 9, 2020 0 comments

One week after Election Day Nov. 3, and three days since former Vice President Joe Biden was projected winner of the 2020 presidential election by main television networks and the Associated Press, five Herald columnists weighed in on what this election means and how we move forward.

Walsh ’23: To better address inequality, target zoning

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: To better address inequality, target zoning

October 28, 2020 0 comments

In the story of income inequality in the United States, the orthodox view is to blame the top 1 percent. Indeed, this exclusive group has experienced disproportionate gains in income and wealth since the advent of Reaganomics, while everyone else has seen either modest growth or stagnation.

Walsh ’23: The promises and pitfalls of ranked-choice voting

Columns, Opinions

Walsh ’23: The promises and pitfalls of ranked-choice voting

October 14, 2020 0 comments

When Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy III, a fairly liberal member of Congress, made the puzzling decision to run against progressive stalwart Senator Ed Markey, the Massachusetts political media turned its attention to the race.

Walsh’ 23: We need to have a national conversation about humor

Columns, Opinions

Walsh’ 23: We need to have a national conversation about humor

September 28, 2020 2 comments

TikTok is a social media app like no other, and its “For You” page’s algorithm is why.