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A free press

The Richmond Free Press joins publications across the nation this week in observing the 79th Annual National Newspaper Week.

First Amendment binds all American freedoms

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.

Congress is duty-bound to investigate Trump

“Any attempt by a President to use the office of the presidency of the United States for personal political gain — rather than the national interest — fundamentally undermines our sovereignty, democracy and the Constitution ... Misuse of the office ...

Fannie Lou Hamer, breast cancer and black women

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the proliferation of pink ribbons is starting. Predatory capitalists will make breast cancer their cause, producing pink T- shirts, pocketbooks, everything.

Gift giving

When my wife and I settled in the Richmond area from the then-smaller Fredericksburg region, we thought this area would be more tolerant and open-minded.

RPS: A snapshot from the state

There were no surprises in the report released this week by the Virginia Department of Education. The report showed that fewer than half of Richmond’s public schools — 20 of the 44 schools — are fully accredited.

Your vote is your voice

Voting is your right and your power. And on Nov. 5, Virginia will hold elections for the 140 seats in the General Assembly.

Homelessness: A national crisis

For more than a decade, economists, lawmakers and others have heralded the nation’s economy, often citing how unemployment has declined as new jobs have been created, or Wall Street trading and major bank profits rise. Some might be led to ...

Worker power

More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center went out on strike re-cently, but they are not alone. American workers are waking up and walking out.

Isn’t it time for a promised honor?

Wouldn’t you agree that something is wrong if a top figure at a Richmond university told the world you were going to receive a tremendous honor, but the university never delivered that honor? That is what happened to me.

Lesson learned? Let's hope

It is unfortunate that Selena Cuffee-Glenn, the city’s now former chief administrative officer, had to be cut loose from the City of Richmond. But we applaud Mayor Levar M. Stoney for making the right decision swiftly following the release of ...

Impeachment begins

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, including U.S. Reps. A. Donald McEachin of Richmond, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott of Newport News, Abigail Spanberger of Henrico, and Elaine Luria of Norfolk, have finally called for impeachment proceedings to begin against ...

Discuss future of Downtown with facts

I serve on the Navy Hill Foundation, the organization that has proposed the replacement of the Richmond Coliseum and the redevelopment of Navy Hill and whose mission is, in part, to ensure that the Navy Hill development creates opportunities and ...

Why is D.C. excluded from statehood?

Many years ago, I moved to the District of Columbia and became aware that people in D.C. were not accorded voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.

Don't normalize poverty, inequity

When the nation’s latest income and poverty data were released on Sept. 10, commentaries touted the progress that the data reflected.

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