Letters to the Editor

Richmond Free Press ‘takes its mission to inform the public seriously’

As a new Virginia resident, I signed up for home delivery of the local newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch. I was still receiving national news from a digital subscription to my former newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, but I wanted a ...

Virginia NAACP endorses Richmond Grand project

The NAACP Virginia State Confer- ence (Virginia NAACP) is joining the Richmond Branch NAACP in endorsing the Richmond Grand project in the city of Richmond and encouraging Richmond residents to vote “yes” for the casino referendum on Nov. 7.

Transparency and speaking truth to power

I am a 19-year veteran of the Richmond Fire Department and a candidate for the City of Richmond Personnel Board to represent the classified service. I have been closely following the narrative of the proposed burn building at Hickory Hill. ...

Virginia NAACP responds to traffic stop data

The Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) acknowledges the findings of the 2023 Report on Analysis of Traffic Stop Data Collected under Virginia’s Community Policing Act. It continues to be alarming that Black drivers are 19.4% of the driving population ...

Richmond Area SCLC opposes closing early voting locations

The Richmond Area Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which represents Central Virginia as a chartered member of the national SCLC, would like to express our disappointment with and determination to address the decision by the City of Richmond Electoral Board to ...

Concern for Creighton Court residents

That was a very good and detailed article on the residents of Creighton Court (Richmond Free Press, July 13-15, 2023). Many (Creighton Court residents) have a right to be worried about where they will live when their housing is demolished.

Gun buyback programs are ‘waste of time’

Jeremy Lazarus is correct when he reported that gun buy-back programs do not work; they do nothing to stop gun violence.

Let’s be clear: Teamsters Local 322 and Teamsters Local 592 are not the same

I am writing to bring attention to some factual inaccuracies that were present in Jeremy Lazarus’s article titled “RPS bus drivers choose a new union,” published on June 15, 2023.

Empathy for families with ‘difficult days ahead’

To the Richmond community: My condolences and empathy to families as they face the difficult days ahead without their loved ones.

Farewell, Tina Turner

Like many of her devoted fans, I was both shocked and saddened that the euphonious singer, Tina Turner, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

New education center won’t ignore James River’s painful past

On May 8, 2023, the James River Association broke ground on a new river education center on Dock Street in Richmond’s East End. The James A. Buzzard River Education Center will be located on Richmond’s riverfront, just steps from the ...

Virginia NAACP objects to Virginia’s withdrawal from ERIC

The NAACP Virginia State Conference (Virginia NAACP) objects to Commissioner Susan Beals’ decision to remove Virginia from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). ERIC has been a trusted tool by states to combat voter fraud since 2012.

Systemic inequities hinder kinship foster care

In the most recent 2023 General Assembly session, Senate Bill 1219 was tabled in the House and left with the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee for further analysis.

Change must come

I woke up hearing the weeping of people in lieu of all the senseless crime that has taken place. I humbly ask that you would put this in the Richmond Free Press, inspired by God.

To Gov. Youngkin:

History will not be kind to anyone who adopts a pro-ignorance stand when it comes to the true history of this country, warts and all.