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Disasters happen; preparation is key

We hope that Hurricane Florence will come and go quickly, and that damage to people and property will be minimal despite the National Weather Service’s predictions of a likely wallop by wind, rain and flooding.

‘Why is he there?’

While driving my daughter to school, I was listening to CNN on the radio as some commentators discussed Bob Woodward’s latest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

Prostate cancer: To screen or not

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and there are some important facts about prostate cancer that black men — and the women who love them — should know.

Should Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School building be renovated?

If renovation of Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School is a viable alternative to what assuredly will be more expensive new construction, then my colleagues on the Richmond School Board should have considered — and can still consider — that as an option ...

Memories of the ‘Queen of Soul’

My most precious memory of the great Aretha Franklin occurred in the early 1970s when I was an associate editor of Ebony magazine and working in Johnson Publishing Co.’s New York office.

Finding our ‘moral center’

Our longest war has not been in Afghanistan. It has been the war waged against the American people by our politicians in Washington. They have steadily passed laws to make life a living hell for the American people while talking ...

Immigrants, Caucasians, Native Americans and ‘America as we know it’

At one time, this country was the home of those labeled Native Americans. Slowly, then rather viciously, this country became home to invading Europeans, many of them criminals, murderers, thieves, debtors and rapists — the rejects of their various countries ...

White House war against federal workers

The economy is doing well, crows the pugilist-in-chief, complaining that he doesn’t get enough credit for the things that he has done to “make America great again.”

Trump and violence

Is he serious? Does President Trump really think there will be “violence” from the left if Republicans lose control of Congress in the November midterm elections? Isn’t the whole point of winning an election to get what you want without ...

Kavanaugh and chaos

We are witnessing a magnitude of chaos and desperation rarely seen in Washington with the U.S. Senate hearings this week on President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Help available for stutterers

For the student who stutters, the beginning of the school year is a time fraught with anxiety and doubt.

Are ‘we part of the problem or the solution?’

Re: Letters to the Editor on Carver Elementary School story: None of us should use any avenue to tear one another down. Like the Bible states, “Whoever among us that thinks that they are without sin, cast the first stone!”

An exceptional opportunity

We extend our hopes for a good year to the more than 153,000 students attending public schools in Metro Richmond, as well as to the parents and guardians who support them day in and day out.

Immigrants and politicizing grief

It’s not hard to imagine Mollie Tibbetts and Kate Steinle together in heaven, observing their lesser human brethren exploiting their deaths for political gain.

Virginia should ratify ERA

For women of color, inequity persists on two fronts — gender and race.