Justice and accountability needed in Irvo Otieno’s death

Yesterday’s announcement about a settlement being reached in the case of Irvo Otieno, a 28-year-old Black man who died while being restrained at a Virginia psychiatric hospital, elevates discussions about the need for mental health and policing reforms.

Vote early and make your voice heard

As the upcoming Nov. 7 elections in Virginia draw near, it is essential that every eligible citizen exercise his or her right to vote.

An ode to self

About six years ago, Neverett Eggleston Jr. sat in a narrow back entry of Sugar’s Crab Shack, the popular Chamberlayne Avenue eatery that his son, Neverett A. Eggleston III, opened in 2016.

Good news

Done deal A vote Wednesday in the state House and Senate represents good news.

It’s for the culture

Just a reminder that the city’s 2023 edition of the Summer Festival of the Arts will wrap up this weekend with a really cool, free festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dogwood Dell amphitheater in Byrd Park.

Oh ye of little faith

Gov. Glenn A. Youngkin and Attorney General Jason S. Miyares both profess to be men of Christian faith, which calls on adherents to be accepting of people no matter their status, resources or appearance. So why do they take such ...

Best in class

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras announced in his weekly newsletter that Open High School and Richmond Community High School recently ranked as the No. 2 and No. 3 best high schools in Virginia, according to U.S. News and World ...

Back to school

Richmond area students are back in the classroom, a new experience for those of us who are used to public schools starting after labor Day.

Hurray for compromise

Good news. Virginia lawmakers are reportedly on the verge of a budget deal that would ensure increased funding for public schools and mental health services, while restoring a subsidy that will protect against a projected leap in health insurance premiums.

What’s in a name?

Richmond has gone to considerable expense to get rid of its public display of affection for its Confederate and slavery past.

Smoke and mirrors

Last week, City Hall pulled back from installing a “burn building” where firefighters could train in handling simulated fires on 2-acres of lawn at the Hickory Hill Community Center in South Side.

Standing ovation

Let us cheer Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for standing up to bigotry.

Undermining trust

Trust in government is basic to democracy.

Lives well lived in service to others

Let us pay tribute to two remarkable women who left their mark on the world: New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver and educator and perennial Richmond volunteer Dr. Cora S. Salzberg.

Slavery was good?

Africans were so lucky to be captured, shipped in torturous conditions away from their homeland, stripped of their languages, kinship, religion and culture and bound into perpetual servitude in America so that they could learn “useful skills.” Pretty preposterous, right? ...