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Bush 41: ‘The closer’

Could former President George H.W. Bush have defeated current President Donald Trump? In a way, it already happened — in 1992, although nobody would have known it at the time.

The new voter suppression

“Georgia elections officials deployed a known strategy of voter suppression: closing and relocating polling places. Despite projections of record turnout, elections officials closed or moved approximately 305 locations, many in neighborhoods with numerous voters of color.

The Bush legacy

We believe that one’s life is like a scorecard or balance sheet — filled with both positives and negatives. And when one dies, others (perhaps even God) will look at the ledger and add up both sides.

Kudos Free Press on City Hall coverage

Re “Council committee blocks entry of medical transport company into Richmond market” and “Coliseum’s success raises new questions about need to replace it,” Free Press Nov. 29-Dec. 1 edition:

Churches, payday loans and the Bible

I think it is a positive concept that a church is dispensing micro loans to community members. It is obvious that payday lenders target the minority community, and black people in particular. Most of the customers I have seen are ...

Prejudice also strikes ‘scruffy-looking’ white people

You do not have to be African-American to receive prejudicial treatment from Virginia Commonwealth University Police. You can be a scruffy-looking white person and receive roughly comparable treatment.

Why I don’t go to church

I don’t go to church because I find it irrelevant. When I went to church, even good ones with a message and an active congregation, I found serious issues were omitted.

Kudos to Evergreen volunteer

Every once in a while, you come across a person who is willing to put the community ahead of all things. They do this day in and day out. George Nixon is such a person. He has volunteered to help ...

Teaching while black

We have read with disgust report after report from around the nation of incidents of white people calling the cops on African-Americans who are engaged in nothing more than the normal activities of daily living — barbecuing while black, going ...

Step aside

Richmond City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto no longer lives in the district that he represents. He has acknowledged that he moved out of the 5th District in July into a house on West Franklin Street in the city’s 1st District ...

Is this really environmental justice?

The Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative condemns Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s decision to suddenly replace two members of the state Air Pollution Control Board in the midst of the crucial permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposed compressor station in ...

Trump and scandal

For several years, many of us were consumed by the night on which the popular television show “Scandal,” starring Kerry Washington, was broadcast. Well, it seems that the program was our preparation for what’s going on in our country today.

‘We allowed (Chief Durham) to slip away because we didn’t support him’

Re “ ‘I’m done:’ Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham announces his last day on the force will be Dec. 31,’ ” Free Press Nov. 15-17 edition:

We need to challenge and confront racism

Why can’t we simply be humble and bold enough to engage in truth? Fear, poverty and capitalism are used to harness control and build divisions among people, but offer no truth.

‘Insist on unimpeachable truth’

If you truly desire to save our city and our children, you must demand that all people be held to the standard of unimpeachable truth. Years ago on the schoolyard of what is now Obama Elementary School, I remember that ...

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