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Commemorate Brown decision by adequately paying teachers

Sixty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Brown v. Board of Education case that the doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional.

Pass Equal Rights Amendment

We get so consumed with stuff about the train wreck in the White House that we forget or miss important things going on in the nation and the world.

Next up: Richmond Coliseum

We are pleased that Richmond City Council swiftly approved its $746 million budget plan for 2019-2020 without further debate, rancor or issues.

To the moon and beyond

Whatever President Trump does is rightly met with skepticism.

Commencement 2019

It’s graduation season and the commencement ceremonies are starting, first with area colleges and universities and next, with local high schools. Anxious graduates, along with their excited families, will sit through the formal functions, with the only thing separating them ...

National Urban League and ‘State of Black America’

The U.S. intelligence community announced it was “confident” that it happened. A Senate Intelligence Committee report confirmed it. And now the Mueller Report has documented its scope in breathtaking detail.

Democracy and voter suppression

We all have heard about WikiLeaks and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The report of special counsel Robert Mueller has once more put that on the front pages. Too often lost in the furor, however, is the far ...

Nation’s wealth gap worsens

If you’re like me, every time you hear a news reporter or anchor talk about how great the nation’s economy is, you wonder what world they are living in. Certainly these journalists are not referring to the ongoing struggle to ...

City needs 5- to 7-year budgeting plan

Richmond City Council was presented with a bold, aggressive budget proposal with the top priorities put up front. We, the council members, all agreed to the priorities, even though we differed in the sources of funding.

City budget, the high road

We are anxious to read the details of Richmond City Council’s proposed $746 million budget plan for 2019-2020, which is up for a final vote on Monday, May 13.

The ‘next big thing’

We congratulate singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, whose creative genius, perseverance and open spirit led to the successful “Something in the Water” festival last weekend in Virginia Beach.

Eliminate demeanment

Black women in Houston and across the nation began preparing to use our political power during a recent event held at Texas Southern University. Presidential candidates attended to begin a conversation with black women regarding what’s important to us and ...

Wisdom from ancestral warriors

In 1619, 400 years ago, the first African captives were brought to what is now Virginia. Since that time, many of our courageous ancestral warriors — men and women — have fought against the physical and psychological terrorism inflicted by ...

‘Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson’

Kudos to Rodney A. Robinson, the teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center located inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, for being named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. He is the first Richmond Public Schools teacher to obtain this ...

Real estate tax hike proposal and duplicity

Some public officials with admirable objectives are being less than straight with this town as it relates to the proposed real estate tax increase. They are pretending that if residents agree to this tax increase, we are in the clear.