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Former Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is famous for labelling his party the stupid party. To demonstrate his point, Republicans elected Donald Trump president, surely one of the dimmest people ever to occupy the White House, not to mention the most dishonest.

A mid-19th-century book titled “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” aptly captures the craziness of the Trumpian turn in recent politics — from QAnon and white supremacy to the falsities of Trump’s pronouncements and rallies.

Thanks, letter writer Don Strasser (Free Press, Feb. 21) for disclosing uncomfortable truth: Many Republicans support “white nationalists, ‘Christian’ nationalists, anti-Semites, fascists and gullible QAnon loonies.”

I wonder if anyone else has noticed the distinct lack of attention being given to the great leader of peace and love, Martin Luther King Jr., during these times of upheaval in our country.

The special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is underway for the next three months, offering the opportunity for Americans who’ve lost their jobs and their health insurance during the pandemic an opportunity to get affordable coverage.

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On its face, the decision seems to be from another century or at least another place: Armed agents will not be allowed to deploy within 250 feet of the state’s polling places under a judge’s approval of a lawsuit settlement.

Republican leaders are in a quandary. Their party is hemorrhaging voters as the population grows. Only 25% of voters identify as Republicans. Congressional Republicans face a choice.

The video series "Amplifying Black Voices," created by the mother-son duo Mason Bultje and Laura Riness, is giving Mankato and the surrounding area a fresh opportunity to begin to understand the Black reality right here and now in our own neighborhood.

As a hospice chaplain, I regularly talked with people in their last few months of life. They usually did not fear death, but they did fear the suffering involved with the dying process.

Slimy Joe Spear and his ilk need to dig a hole now in their misery and moan away their morbid bitterness now that they won't have Trump to kick around for the next three years or so.

Restrictive covenants in housing deeds were a form of legally enforceable segregation, forbidding the sale of homes to religious minorities and African Americans. Restrictive covenants have existed since the 1890s, but gained popularity during the Great Migration in the 1920s-40s, when south…

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Any effort to involve the public in public safety policy should be a plus for any law enforcement agency and governing body. So it is at least somewhat disappointing that a recent excellent effort of a local community group to raise issues about local public safety policy and culture was met…

Each year in January we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and are then made aware of the importance of the peaceful methods advocated by Rev. King for the accomplishment of racial equality.

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Thumbs up to various nursing homes and senior living facilities for their random acts of kindness and efforts to bring joy to residents’ lives during this trying time of the pandemic.

For common citizens, behavior is regulated by laws. The enactment and application of those laws are guided by our Constitution. Unfortunately, two good lawyers can take a phrase from the Constitution and interpret it two completely different ways.

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Buying hotels falls outside the basic services government should provide, but an unusual deal between North Mankato and owners of the ailing Norwood Inn hotel may be an opportunity to serve a public need for workforce housing.

When a business wants to save money, it avoids middlemen. Buying directly saves money since the middlemen do not take a cut.

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Cold enough for ya? You betcha. The subzero temps Minnesota experienced the past week weren’t record-setting, but it has been some time since we’ve had such frigid weather for days on end.

The headline to The Free Press Feb. 14 Our View reads: “Democracy: Impeachment trial changes America.” I am certainly not a constitutional scholar. I am not even a lawyer. But in my view this is a case where the precedent set is more important than the result. I think it’s akin to making bad law!

The government of Minnesota is supposed to be of the people, by the people and for the people. Now it is of Tim Walz, by Tim Walz and for Tim Walz.

On Saturday, the United States Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the insurrection that took place Jan. 6. By doing so, 43 Republican senators are complicit in releasing the dogs of hate and violence into our midst.

My pedigree in the Republican Party of Minnesota runs deep. All the way back to a precinct caucus in February 1974 held in a farm kitchen in rural Goodhue County.

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First and foremost, you should know that feeling somewhat gloomy right now is perfectly understandable. The continuing pandemic, daily struggles and a long stretch of bitter cold weather can add up to a bit of mental health meltdown.

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The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump unveiled the dark landscape of where American democracy stands, and those who supported him in this trial should be met with stiff resistance going forward.

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Thumbs up to positive news about the pandemic in the region and state as cases continue to fall, as do positivity rates and hospitalizations.

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Right here in our home state of Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz is attempting to mandate electric-powered vehicles, using California’s standards as a guide to limit consumer choice and adversely impact our farming communities.

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The severity of the COVID-19 virus has created the daunting task of medical providers and health-care policy leaders deciding who might die and who might be spared by deciding who gets the vaccine first.

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Some parents have formed the Facebook group Re-open District 77. For Mankato’s teachers, reading these posts is an exercise in self-deprecation. Teachers face the same obstacles as everyone else: We have childcare issues, family members have lost jobs, we have sick relatives. We know this gr…

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The GameStop frenzy in the stock market has subsided, or at least is no longer making headlines. The stock price in the struggling video game retailer remains too high for a corporation that hasn’t turned a profit in years and is unlikely to reverse that trend, but it is no longer escalating.

The recent My View “Solving the vaping problem among young people” lays out essential reasoning as to the reason there needs to be restriction on flavoring for e-cigarettes.

In the "How They Voted" section of The Free Press I used to see representatives from both parties crossing the party line and voting for what they presumably thought was best for their constituents.

What is wrong with these people? Week after week leads to year after year. I, like many others have been asking this same question. All this stuff, yet millions still loyally follow him.

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The Biden administration may have extended the pause on federal student loan payments and interest through an executive order in January, but Minnesota needs to take a closer look at how college-bound high school students in this state can be helped before they accumulate so much debt.

The Minneapolis VA is doing a super job getting COVID shots to us vets. I got mine last Saturday. In and out in 35 minutes, which included waiting

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