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 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.

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 …

We’re No. 1!

A CNN report this week ranked our little ol’ River City as the top of their list of “America’s Best Towns to Visit 2024.”

Final score

Our Sports page will look different next week. Fred Jeter, our longtime sports writer, ends his tenure with The Richmond Free Press with this issue.

Extreme heat a wake-up call, by Ben Jealous

As I write these words, the mercury is soaring. The world is reeling from the deadly impact of extreme heat and weather events. This is climate change in action. We are living it. And the thermometer-busting temperatures are just the …

The big payback

Over the next few weeks, we will be devoting a portion of our pages to a three-part story called “40 Acres and a Lie.” This project is the result of work by the Center for Public Integrity, the Center for …

Protecting the elders

There’s a lot you can learn about a place by looking at how they treat their vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens. Here in Virginia, we’ve got some work to do on that issue. We’re glad our attorney general recognized …

Rewinding a Reckoning

When police officers murdered Minneapolis resident George Floyd in 2020, and America went through what some people called a “racial reckoning,” a portion of the population seemed ready to have that “talk” about power and privilege that they had been …

Pick your shots

The sudden rise in the popularity of the WNBA seems to have caught the usual commentators on television and the internet off guard. For many of them, this a new game, although the league has been around since 1996. But …

The high cost of housing discrimination

Last week’s report by HOME of VA (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) on discriminatory practices in the Richmond housing market is a sobering document. It confirms the thoughts, feelings and vibes that African Americans experience when we attempt to find a …

Honoring the past

We have an important update regarding how we write our stories at the Richmond Free Press. We’ve decided to stop using courtesy titles like “Dr.,” “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” or “Ms.”

Saying the quiet part online

They say when you’re job hunting, you should keep in mind that when a company lists qualifications and requirements on a job posting, it’s a “wish list.” Recruiters know there’s a chance only a few applicants will fit the exact …

Registering concern

Political forces are at work to erode the public’s.trust in our institutions and processes. Maybe you’ve heard them claiming that the elections that their side lost weren’t legitimate or are part of some kind of conspiracy.