The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 25, 2013

Safety event helped special kids


If Apple did not take advantage of any tax credit it could find, it would be guilty of fiscal mismanagement by not protecting the assets for its shareholders to the best of its ability. It is the responsibility of the U.S. government to determine what is fair and not fair and write a tax code that gets us there.

Is it any surprise there are loopholes crafted for special interests in tax law? Of course not. And who put those in? Congress. And who can take them out? Congress. But we shouldn’t chide anyone for not paying taxes they didn’t have to.

Youth recognition warranted

To the continuation of the Spirit of Youth Awards.

Sponsored by the Mankato Community Education/Recreation Department, the awards used to be part of the Mankato Area Healthy Youth initiative. When that group dissolved, the community ed. and recreation department made sure to carry on the tradition of recognizing those who work to improve the lives of area youth.

This year's winners were the Project for Teens mentoring group, which is made up of West, East and Loyola high school students who teach younger students about high-risk behavior. The adult winners of the Spirit award were Todd Waterbury, East activities director, and Sam Ward, a ACES school-age care provider and YWCA Girls on the Run mentor.

Recognizing efforts, especially of young people, is important not only as a reward but to motivate others to follow in their footsteps.

Boy Scouts make good decision

To the Boy Scouts of America for opening its ranks to gay Scouts.

The contentious issue was approved more easily than most expected with 61 percent of 1,400 voting members of the executive committee approving of the change Thursday.

The decision is certain to cause fractures in the organization as members and some church financial supporters opposing the move threaten to leave the Scouts.

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