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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 ...

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 ...

A more dangerous world

President Trump is a menace to society. His announcement Tuesday that he is scrapping the Iran nuclear agreement, that was negotiated in part by former President Obama, threatens to destabilize the Middle East by increasing the potential for the spread ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hurry, Mr. Mueller

The law is closing in on President Trump and he’s not happy.