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Commitment needed to solutions for homelessness and recidivism

With the Democratic primary season kicking into gear and the general election right around the corner, the stage is set for an impassioned battle of ideas and policy initiatives that could shape our country for the next decade.

Promises, promises

We congratulate Richmond City Council members Kim B. Gray, Chris A. Hilbert, Kristen N. Larson, Stephanie A. Lynch and Reva M. Trammell who — like we — are neither bought nor bound to Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell’s and Mayor ...

Mourning Kobe by Arthur Cribbs

When I heard of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., I had an initial feeling of shock, disbelief and numbness. And in the hours since hearing ...

Parole-to-prison merry-go-round, by Dr. Donald Fraser

State-run parole and probation programs are designed to keep persons convicted of crimes, including a very large number of nonviolent crimes, out of prison.

The United States needs no traitors or dictators in charge

Those Republicans who support Donald Trump are like Donald Trump himself — traitors to America. Does America have to be totally destroyed before Donald Trump is deposed?

Lobby Day 2020: An affront to Dr. King

There was something eerie and insulting about the thousands of gun-toting lobbyists who packed the area around Capitol Square on Monday to demand that Virginia lawmakers not step on their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Resist efforts to divide people by Marc H. Morial

A report that hate crimes surged in America’s five largest cities last year has broken just as we honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the nation’s best known victim of a hate crime.

Can a woman win in 2020? by Julianne Malveaux

In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for the Democratic nomination for president.

Rep. McEachin a ‘Johnny-come-lately’ on removing Confederate statues

Re “McEachin, Wexton call for replacement of Lee statue in U.S. Capitol,” Free Press Dec. 26-28 edition:

Central Va. African American Chamber of Commerce supports Navy Hill project

The Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce has enthusiastically endorsed the proposed $1.5 billion Navy Hill District Corp. program because the Navy Hill developers have promised to “maximize the capacity” of minority business owners.

Following directions

Dear Reader, This edition of the Richmond Free Press begins our 28th year of publishing. Our first edition — January 16-18,1992 — hit the streets with no internet, no smart phones and very few media outlets that populate today’s media ...

Are you safer today? by Dr. E. Faye Williams

We have an impeached president in our country because he has done so much destruction to our country. He has even destroyed who others believe we are.

We must listen to the ancestral warriors by A. Peter Bailey

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, it will be to our advantage to pay much closer attention to serious guidelines from some of our most brilliant and committed ancestral warriors.

Trump’s claims of privilege are above the law

Re Editorial “Trump, Iran and answers,” Free Press Jan. 9-11 edition: The GOP has supported Number 45 for three years in his move to destroy the country. The killing of a contractor in Iraq who made good money for working ...

Attracting new voters

Re Column, “The next debate,” Free Press Jan. 9-11 edition: