Reviving our representative democracy

American democracy is built on the powerful, but basic, idea that the government is supposed to represent the people.

Do Richmond schools violate the Constitution?

Are Richmond Public Schools students being forced to attend educational facilities deemed unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution?

Our worst enemies are in Washington, D.C.

Re “Essex Village flunks HUD inspection,” April 13-15 edition: Section 8 rental housing is a prime example of what is wrong with our federal government “helping us.”

A U.S. Marshall Plan

Earlier this month, voters in Kansas City, Mo., handily approved three ballot questions that will allow the city to borrow and invest $800 million over 20 years to improve roads, bridges, sidewalks and

Lessons from O’Reilly

Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, the man whose lofty ratings were responsible for the growth of the network, is no longer on the air. Revelations that $13 million had been paid, either by Mr. O’Reilly or the network, to ...

Better off without them

We believe Richmond should take a page from the playbooks of Charlottesville and New Orleans, cities that are on the path to removing Confederate statues from public property.

High hopes

We had high hopes for great improvement in Richmond Public Schools when Dr. Dana T. Bedden took over as superintendent in January 2014. He sounded the

What God wants

I believe God gives people the mental and physical ability to make money. The way people use this money is very important to God.

Why I met with Jeff Sessions

Re “April fools: Va. SCLC lauds racist U.S. attorney general for civil rights work on anniversary of Dr. King’s death” and editorial, “Buffoonery,” April 6-8:


Some of us believe that simply talking about a problem, mainly by delineating its symptoms, is actually doing the work necessary for a solution. You would think that with all of the activists we have within our ranks that some ...

Trump and the Black Press

At the very beginning of the new administration, and probably in a moment of hubris, Omarosa Manigault, an aide to President Trump, promised that the first newspaper interview with the new

Our children, our best

We are encouraged by news this week that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is launching an investigation into the disciplinary policies of Richmond Public Schools.

A judge’s opinion

Judge Andre M. Davis of Baltimore, a senior judge with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote the following powerful words on April 7, 2017, as he joined in dismissing an injunction barring the Gloucester County School Board in ...

Media must keep environmental issues on front burner

The environmental progress achieved by the Obama administration is being dismantled piece by piece due to the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress. Although these policies are being covered by some news organizations, they quickly are being placed on ...

A tale of 2 Tot Lots

A few months ago, I joined a friend at the Thomas Jefferson Tot Lot. My children and I had a great time enjoying this facility where everything was clean and in good repair and there were lots of toys to ...