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Single ballot theory

The bloodied head of our former president is an image that we won’t be able to shake for some time. (Thanks cable news.)

The 900-page guide to snuffing out American democracy, by Ben Jealous

What if there was a blueprint for a future presidential administration to unilaterally lay waste to our constitutional order and turn America from a democracy into an autocracy in one fell swoop?

What if Crooks had been a Black man?, by Hazel Trice Edney

Can you imagine what would have happened to a Black man who showed up at a Donald Trump rally acting “suspiciously” around the metal detectors?

Changing our approach to gun violence, by Harrison Roday

It’s become a recurring pattern and it can almost be numbing. When you open the newspaper or turn on the television, you see lives cut short due to gun violence – and tragically, so often, children’s lives. Nationally, guns now …

Helping at the polls aligns with basic faith values, from hospitality to honoring our neighbors, by Jennifer Walker Thomas & Chris Crawford/Religion News

With summer in full swing, our attention, in an ideal world, would be divided between planning vacations and wrangling children, with the coming election a far-off problem for the fall. Sadly, the state of our politics isn’t allowing us that …

The Price of Persistence

An important thing to know if you’re a performer, is when it’s time to leave the stage. You don’t want to do it too early, as your audience might feel short-changed if you haven’t sung that song, reached that high …

Hanging Up

Gov. Glenn Youngkin seems to think that it’s a good idea to keep students separated from their mobile phones while they’re in school. We’re inclined to agree with him.

President must be wise enough to move on, by Michael A. Grant

I have admired Joe Biden since 1988. I did not think the plagiarism charge should have caused him to abort his presidential aspirations back then. I was ecstatic when the seasoned, scrappy senator from Scranton joined — and added heft …

Colliding causes can defeat each other, by Clarence Page

When does political protest seem to become an end in itself?

Mayoral candidates should consider reducing government size

The Richmond mayoral race debate was centered, according to reporter George Copeland Jr., on education, housing and the economy.

Honoring civil rights legacy means embracing new leaders

It has been 60 years since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I remember being in college, joining with students from Virginia Union University and elsewhere, advocating for the legislation and registering voters in Richmond.

Richmond schools deserve better leadership

As the Richmond Free Press states, there are nine seats up for grabs on the Richmond School Board. It seems to me that we need better guidance and direction on how to steer our youth into the future.

What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

This week, we present a portion of Frederick Douglass’ powerful speech “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” Delivered on July 5, 1852, this address remains a poignant and searing critique of our nation’s founding principles versus its …

Despite debate performance, support for Biden remains strong among Black leaders, by Tamil R. Harris

President Joe Biden and the first lady spent Sunday at Camp David with their grandchildren after his debate performance. At the same time, the media and a growing chorus of Democrats speculate on the 81-year-old leader’s future.

Environmental justice for Cumberland County, by Benjamin Chavis Jr.

Cumberland County stands on the edge of an environmental catastrophe. An hour west of Richmond, the historic town of Cumberland is set to become the site of the proposed Green Ridge Disposal and Recycling Facility. This 1,200 - acre mega-landfill …

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