Virginia hope

We give high marks to Virginia’s newly inaugurated governor, Dr. Ralph S. Northam. The pediatric neurosurgeon and his Democratic team of Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax and Attorney General Mark R. Herring stepped into the limelight and their important posts ...

26 years and going strong

Next week marks the 26th anniversary of the Richmond Free Press.

Cold reality

In some quarters, T.K. Somanath and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority that he leads would be considered slumlords. When radiator pipes began leaking in 12 of the buildings in the Creighton Court public housing community, forcing RRHA to turn ...

Reading in the new year

Former President Barack Obama was in the news on New Year’s Eve with the list of his favorite songs and books of 2017. Posting on his Facebook page, he wrote that he wanted to continue the tradition started during his ...

Mayor Stoney in review

We have been intrigued by the energy and chutzpah of Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney, who has just completed his first year in office.

Christmas message

May the blessings of the season encircle you with peace and joy.

The club is closing

Note to the ol’ boys: The club is closing. We’re talking about the club whose members are being outed daily for their reprehensible behavior of sexually harassing and assaulting women.

Impeach Trump

We applaud the chutzpah of Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat and member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Why vote? Here’s why

What difference will my vote make? We’ve heard that question plenty of times.

No cakewalk

We are impressed by the résumé and remarks of Jason Kamras, the 43-year-old Washington public schools administrator and 2005 National Teacher of the Year who received the unanimous backing of the Richmond School Board to become Richmond’s next public schools ...

Real results

We were heartened by the turnout and support Richmond voters gave last week to the schools referendum. The initiative, which calls for fully funding improvements to Richmond Public Schools aging and decrepit buildings, now goes to the Virginia General Assembly.

Police accountability

We applaud the latest efforts by a coalition of justice groups to push for creation of a police citizen review panel in Richmond.

Local elections

We congratulate Sheriff-elect Antionette V. Irving, Treasurer-elect Nichole Richardson Armstead, Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring and new 3rd District School Board member Kenya Gibson who won Tuesday’s local elections. Dr. Irving, Ms. Armstead and Ms. Gibson each ran admirable campaigns, ...

Yes, Virginia, we did it!

Virginians are celebrating today, and we are, too. The reason for our joy?