Charlie Hebdo and the forces of silence

The refusal of leading American news outlets to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons declares that in perilous times there are visions that must not be imagined and thoughts that must not be uttered.


This female crusading scalawag

For supporting the civil rights movement, Mississippi newspaper publisher Hazel Brannon Smith endured more than 20 years of violence, ostracism and economic strangulation, and became the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

A celebration of a good man’s life

Nearly forty years ago, I put on my best suit, knotted a Brooks Brothers tie, and set off to get arrested. On Dec. 2, 1964, along with nearly 800 others, I joined a sit-in in the administration building of the University of California to win what now seems the quaintest of victories: the right to…


We will not be silenced

Thirty-nine years ago, David and Celia Stein founded this newspaper to knit our community together and to give it a voice. The man who firebombed The Riverdale Press Tuesday morning wants that voice silenced. That's not going to happen. The issue your holding in your hands was on the newsstands Wednesday morning and in your…


The tyrant and his chains

Published shortly after Iran's supreme leader pronounced a death sentence on Salman Rushdie and anyone who furthered publication of his book, this editorial provoked a violent response, the firebombing of the Riverdale Press office.