You smell that?

The African-American community has long lived with the trauma of police harassment and abuse. Civil rights leaders and lawyers have pushed back for decades to end these deplorable, and many times, unconstitutional, practices.

Mr. Ashe

There’s no question that Richmond native and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. deserves greater recognition in his hometown. His laudatory actions both on and off the court merit a salute that will be visible not only now, but for future ...

Summer heat and wellness checks

We were a bit amused at first when a story hit our inbox recently with the title, “How to Build a DIY Air Conditioner in Minutes for Less Than $10.” The article and accompanying video showed how to turn a ...

No game

Where is LeBron James when we need him? This week, while Mr. James was in Ohio announcing the opening of his new, multimillion-dollar I PROMISE School in conjunction with the Akron Public Schools, Richmond Public Schools officials were busy dissecting ...

The poll that counts

When it comes to political races, don’t believe the polls.

Seeing the light

Kudos to Cora Hayes, the longtime public housing activist, who was instrumental in bringing a class action suit against the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority for overcharging public housing residents for electricity for more than four years.

The enemy within

If anyone still believes President Trump isn’t a pawn of Russian government interests, they must have been asleep during Monday’s televised news conference that nearly set the United States on fire.


Hanky-heads. Accommodationists. Those are the best words to describe the Monument Avenue Commission and their weak-kneed recommendations that will do little to move Richmond beyond the continuing grasp of Confederate sympathizers.

Supreme fight

We hope the American people will not be snookered by President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.

What to people of color is the Fourth of July?

Events of the past year recall the words and sentiment of Frederick Douglass, the noted abolitionist and editor, in his famed July Fourth address.

Opportunity time

Looking around the city, the signs of change and growth are visible. Bulldozers and cranes are visible throughout Downtown. Construction equipment abounds in the East End. And work is happening in South Side and Scott’s Addition and planned for Jackson ...

Obama Elementary School

What’s in a name? A lot, we believe. And so we were more than pleased when the Richmond School Board voted last week to rename the elementary school on Fendall Avenue in North Side for the nation’s 44th president — ...

Government-induced trauma

Shameful. That’s the best word to describe President Trump’s inhumane policy of separating thousands of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Memorial Day

Smoking and public housing

Like many public housing residents, we were surprised to learn that smoking will be prohibited in all public housing apartments in Richmond beginning Aug. 1. The smoking ban was put in place nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and ...