Memorial Day 2020

In memory of those we love...

Think twice

We strongly support the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in its opposition to begin re-opening Virginia’s businesses, restaurants and places of worship on Friday.

What would Ida B. Wells do?

Crusading journalist Ida B. Wells, who fearlessly and tirelessly worked against racism and violence targeting African-Americans in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was posthumously honored last week with a Pulitzer Prize.

Same storm, different boat

Our spirits were buoyed when we read the story this week by Trice Edney Wire-Global Information Network about flower growers in Kenya sending bouquets to doctors, nurses and others in the United Kingdom to thank them for their work on ...

Prudence and leadership

We took a principled — and now seemingly prescient — stance against the $1.5 billion Coliseum replacement and Downtown redevelopment plan that was pushed so hard by Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Dominion Energy CEO Thomas F. Farrell II, leader ...

COVID-19 testing

We appreciate that city health officials are now announcing the days and locations for COVID-19 testing for people in the city’s public housing communities.

Something to think about

Something to think about

COVID-19 testing in Richmond’s high-risk communities

With data showing that COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting and killing African-Americans in Richmond and across the state, we were pleased to learn late last week that city health officials were going to step up efforts to provide testing in the ...

Money vs. lives

We hope Virginia officials won’t be swayed by the small, but noisy group of protesters pushing for a reopening of businesses, schools and other public and private facilities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Righting the wrongs of the past

Kudos to Gov. Ralph S. Northam for signing common sense legislation that takes first steps in getting rid of the Confederate flotsam and jetsam that litters Virginia communities, undermines our psyches and devalues the lives of generations of enslaved people ...

RRHA, Feed More and the pandemic

We don’t get it. Yes, we understand there is a pandemic going on and many workers have been furloughed or sent home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But we don’t understand why Damon E. Duncan, the short-timer CEO ...

Happy Easter

May this season of renewal and hope give you strength in the face of change, faith to endure uncertainty and peace everlasting.

Duncan and his own advice

We are not surprised that Damon E. Duncan, chief executive officer of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, decided to pack it in and resign after less than a year on the job.

Choose wisely

The worst of times can bring out the best in people.

Unusual, extraordinary times

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