In our current time, there are few good books that speak to the fundamental problems in America.

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The vast majority of us want our kids, no matter what their race or background is, to feel seen and valued so that they can prepare to live happy and productive lives.

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Critical race theory is an academic theory that is promoted by Fox News as a way to stir up the rubes. The Washington Post wrote that “The concept has been around for more than 40 years, but it has become a major programming theme on Fox News only in recent months as parents, buoyed by conse…

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Thumbs up to the Mankato MoonDogs and the Northwoods League for their efforts in putting on the Northwoods League All-Star game in Mankato at ISG Field.

Readers of the July 3 Free Press article, “Lead bullets are harming bald eagles,” should also read the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s April 1 report, “By any metric, Minnesota is at the center of bald eagles' rebound.”

I read with interest the July 10 article about the drying up of the Great Salt Lake and the adverse side effects for wildlife and air quality in a highly-populated region of Utah.

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First it was integration that was going to harm our white children and destroy public education.

Payday lending is often advertised as “emergency relief,” but if you look at the data, there is nothing farther from the truth.

I want to applaud every community member who spoke out against Mankato Public Schools' new equity guidelines at the recent school board meeting. Board member Chris Kind deserves praise for being the sole vote against these changes.

At the Monday School Board meeting we listened to a discussion to include Critical Race Theory in our schools. Most of us agree that an educational curriculum should be based on full facts and ideas that are solid and settled. However, Critical Race Theory is based on half-truths and dispute…

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As the messy debate about voting rights continues across the country, Minnesotans can collectively sigh in relief that one new measure having to do with voting makes straightforward Midwestern sense.

I attended the “live and in-person” July 12 Mankato City Council meeting and was impressed with the review the auditor presented. I maintain that we as residents have become complacent over the years, simply expecting financial excellence from our city staff, and then having it delivered on …

With the recent story from The Free Press about law enforcement in Mankato welcoming body cameras, I felt compelled to write another letter thanking Mankato police and the city for making this happen.

I am so sick of having guns being an appendage for many males age 15 to 35. Drive by shootings, road rage shootings, scared cops shootings at traffic stops, all because of a proliferation of handguns in cars.

We owe Greg Wheelock a debt of gratitude for all his dedication and hard work in the repairing of the McPherson/Union Cemetery on the north edge of St. Clair.

I want to start out by thanking Brian Arola for the great job he did covering and reporting on the public safety press conference that was held June 9. It was hosted by various organizations in our area.

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Thumbs up to the city of Mankato and its public safety department for a new online dashboard providing information on crime and public safety operations as well information on department policies and accountability.

Over the past months I have noticed an attempt to change the vernacular, replacing words I have relied on for clarity during my almost 84 years on this planet, with gender pronouns.