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Double standard?

Why are Wells Fargo executives not going to prison for their crimes? They opened unauthorized accounts for their customers. They took out unauthorized car insurance for those who got car loans. In Philadelphia, they forced black borrowers to get more ...

Honor victims with action

“From 1986 to 1996, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored high-quality, peer-reviewed research into the underlying causes of gun violence. People who kept guns in their homes did not — despite their hopes — gain protection … ...

How do you mend a broken heart?

I used to love me some Bill Cosby, not only because he was America’s Dad, but also because he was fun and funny. Most of the times that I was around him, I felt lifted. He had that deep, “Heh, ...

May Day and pay inequities

Rallies and marches took place on Tuesday across the United States and the globe to highlight the rights of workers and labor issues.

Personal drama overshadows elected service

We were gravely disappointed by news of the arrest yet again of Henrico School Board member Roscoe D. Cooper III. The 43-year-old Mr. Cooper has given a lot to the community in terms of service. He has been pastor of ...

Mixed feelings about Winnie Mandela

Re “ ‘Mother of South Africa’ dies at 81,” an obituary on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Free Press April 5-7 edition:

‘The choice is ours’

I believe God is the spirit of love and compassion. The devil is the spirit of evil, with no compassion. I believe God wants all of us to love people more than money.

Medicaid expansion is ‘designed to plunder from taxpayers’

Re Letter to the Editor, “Medicaid expansion is a moral imperative,” Free Press April 19-21 edition:

Problems with protecting consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is supposed to “protect” consumers from fraud and predatory lending. But since 45 has ruled the roost, he has empowered exploiters to extract too much money from consumers.

Economic justice and fair housing

“The housing problem is particularly acute in the minority ghettos. Nearly two-thirds of all non-white families living in the central cities today live in neighborhoods marked with substandard housing and general urban blight. Two major factors are responsible. First: Many ...

Confronting racism

There was a time not too long ago when businesses in Richmond and across the South would call the police to arrest black people who sat down at lunch counters because they wanted to order. So we found a sad ...

Step up

We are greatly disappointed by Richmond City Council’s failure Monday night to approve a tax on cigarettes. The 80 cents per pack tax, proposed by Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, would have generated $5 million annually that would have been dedicated ...

A worthy state holiday

We are pleased by Virginia’s inaugural Barbara Johns Day, which will be observed on Monday, April 23. That is the day in 1951 that the 16-year-old activist led her fellow students on a walkout to protest the deplorable conditions at ...

Hear history from one who made it

In recent days, we’ve enjoyed some wonderful reflections about the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues during the mid-1960s peak of the Civil Rights Movement.

Double standard?

I usually do not send in my opinion concerning various issues, even though I may have one. But this time, I must respond.