Letters to the Editor

A council of cowards

As a political scientist, nothing angers me more than politicians who fail to effectively represent their constituents.

The real ‘problem’ needs to be addressed

For about the last 40 years, we have been throwing money at our school “problem” with the same failing result.

Kavanaugh represents the hijacking of America

After the dramatic fiasco played out in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings two weeks ago, we witnessed the true desperation of the GOP to claim the power of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schools, broken pledges and future election

Let’s be honest: We have two school systems in Richmond. One is a private, mostly white student body attending modern, clean facilities providing the educational opportunities. The second is a public system, where a 90 percent minority and mostly poor ...

Help available for restoration of voting rights

The midterm elections are just over a month away, and many Virginians still can’t take part in what is the most important part of the democratic process: Voting.

Rename Chesterfield roadway for MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Time running out for Trump

President Trump must feel the noose tightening around his presidency. He must feel the heat from the Mueller investigation. With many of his cohorts taking plea deals and others pleading guilty, his time in the Oval Office is slowly coming ...

Nursing homes and understaffing

Many nursing homes overstate their staffing of nurses.

City committed to ‘open and fair competition’

Re “Shift in city procurement practice hurt black-owned businesses,” Free Press Sept. 13-15 edition: Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney and his administration are committed to ensuring open and fair competition for contracts with small, minority, local and emerging businesses.

Explanation, please

Re Column “Why is he there?” by Stephen Tillett, Free Press Sept. 13-15 edition:

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 ...

Help available for stutterers

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