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Editorials

Meals tax redux

We applaud the Richmond City Council for approving the city meals tax hike. We heard the anguish — and the urgency — from people on both sides of the meals tax debate who spoke at Monday night’s City Council meeting. ...

A display of illness

Move over Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un. President Trump wants to show you up. Our ego-driven president wants to have a military parade showing off American might — tanks, planes, rockets, weapons and soldiers in step.

Let the journey begin

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Chinese proverb The task to improve the long-neglected, decrepit buildings in which we expect Richmond’s 24,000 public schools students to learn is a daunting one.

The power of protests

For those of us who grew up during the marches, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s and 1970s, we’re used to large, noisy crowds of people hitting the streets and sidewalks to create awareness and change on a whole range ...

Get busy or get out of the way

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority has taken a giant step toward accountability this week with the resignation Sunday of its chief executive, T.K. Somanath.

The death of a giant

We have lost a giant with the death this week of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker. The 88-year-old Dr. Walker, who was in an assisted living facility in Chester, served as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief of staff, strategizing and ...

Virginia hope

We give high marks to Virginia’s newly inaugurated governor, Dr. Ralph S. Northam. The pediatric neurosurgeon and his Democratic team of Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax and Attorney General Mark R. Herring stepped into the limelight and their important posts ...

26 years and going strong

Next week marks the 26th anniversary of the Richmond Free Press.

Cold reality

In some quarters, T.K. Somanath and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority that he leads would be considered slumlords. When radiator pipes began leaking in 12 of the buildings in the Creighton Court public housing community, forcing RRHA to turn ...

Reading in the new year

Former President Barack Obama was in the news on New Year’s Eve with the list of his favorite songs and books of 2017. Posting on his Facebook page, he wrote that he wanted to continue the tradition started during his ...

Mayor Stoney in review

We have been intrigued by the energy and chutzpah of Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney, who has just completed his first year in office.

Christmas message

May the blessings of the season encircle you with peace and joy.

The club is closing

Note to the ol’ boys: The club is closing. We’re talking about the club whose members are being outed daily for their reprehensible behavior of sexually harassing and assaulting women.

Impeach Trump

We applaud the chutzpah of Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat and member of the Congressional Black Caucus.