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As Facebook comes under fire from Congress and the public, it was inevitable that it would make an act of contrition and try to mend its ways. But its planned remedies don’t strike at the real problem: Facebook’s need for profits at the expense of decency.

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For decades, we have known that we were going to face unprecedented transitions of older adults entering retirement and requiring long term care for rehabilitation and indefinite amounts of time, sometimes days, sometimes years.

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Carl Linnaeus is a towering figure in the annals of natural history. Most prominent of this 18th century scientific titan’s various accomplishments was his creation of what is known as binomial nomenclature — the Latin scientific names for species. The field of taxonomy — the classification …

For over a year, the Mankato Free Press focused on homelessness and housing issues. The effort involved Free Press staff in writing and struggling to understand the problems surrounding why people experience homelessness.

I listened to my daughter as she recently expressed her frustration over the last few weeks with the world, work expectations and the pandemic we are living in. She is a special ed teacher, wife and mother.

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If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.

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The Nobel Committee’s choice of journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for this year’s Peace Prize is fitting at a time when a free press and democracy are under assault around the world.

When my husband and I retired, we had to make a choice about our health care coverage. Because of our limited income, we wanted to make sure we chose an affordable plan, but not one that would force us to sacrifice any benefits.

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Thumbs up to Mankato Brewery and the Hockey Day Minnesota organizers for coming up with the idea for special Hockey Day beer that will be sold statewide and raise money for the Hockey Day event that Mankato will host on Jan. 22.

Voting citizens of St. Peter, truly none of us want another tax of any kind but the 0.5% sales tax that is on the ballot is a good thing.

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A recent concession by President Joe Biden to lower the cost of his 10-year $3.5 trillion plan to bolster the middle class to around $2.3 trillion is more reasonable given the federal debt, yearly deficits and the reality of Washington politics.

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Mankato area residents have an opportunity to learn about the area’s rich Native American culture and history with several events that will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.

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Instead of blustery arguing about a wind farm plan that led to nowhere, collaboration among an energy company, the state historical society and two Dakota bands has led to a compromise that all parties agree to.

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A recent study on how well communities solve problems and build assets shows that the more people work together, the more they join civic groups or get involved in volunteer activities, the more successful they are.

I read with sadness the obituary of Malda Farnham in The Free Press. The obituary did not give Malda enough credit for all she did for the residents of the city of Mankato.

As our long summer of road construction around Mankato winds down and things begin opening up, the improvements are very noticeable, especially the roundabout from westbound Highway 14 to Riverfront Drive.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-1st District, continues to be negative in his votes and continues to support former President Donald Trump’s policies of narcissism and obstructionism.

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We didn’t think the Trump “Big Lie” team could go lower than it did in Arizona, challenging the election results with a hyper-partisan “research” team, ruining voting machines and in the end being embarrassed when election results were found to be even more in President Joe Biden’s favor.

Thank you to the Mankato Free Press for its recurring two-page focus on the environment in its Saturday edition of the print newspaper.

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”Peril”, the new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, contends that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley was so concerned about former President Donald Trump’s unstable behavior after the election that he convened the top military commanders to remind them…

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Thumbs down to the apparent pervasiveness in outstate Minnesota of the delusions that the 2020 election was stolen and that there was no insurrection on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol — and to the Republican leaders who feed and enable “the Big Lie.”

I attended the Sept. 16 Mankato Area Public Schools Equity Summit via their Zoom option. What I clearly heard from Supt. Dr. Paul Peterson was a full throttle pursuit of equal outcomes, not equal opportunity for the students within the 17 schools of the district.

Your recent editorial laments the lack of attention for missing Native American women. There are likely just as many missing Native American men, and missing men in general get little attention.

I read with consternation the decision by the St. Peter school board to drop masking requirements in the high school despite the opposition of the superintendent and no evidence to justify the decision. I assume it was because of pressure from anti-vaxers/anti-maskers.

I am old enough to remember when President Richard Nixon lied about and covered up the third-rate burglary. Yes, he was wrong to do so, nevertheless, it was still a third-rate burglary and for that he had to leave office.

As a former member of the St. Peter School Board, I was aghast at the rude, bullying behaviors of the group of largely unmasked people at the meeting I attended Monday evening.

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Minnesota government works best when it’s bipartisan, so it’s good news to see both new Minnesota Senate caucus leaders reference the “Purple Caucus” in their introductory press conferences.

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Parts of America are becoming a real-life horror movie, with a deadly virus on the rise and a zombie-like response that’s leaving thousands more needlessly dead and others without access to hospitals for other health care needs.

On Friday, The Free Press reported that locally August job numbers increased 4.8 percent over last year. Private sector service jobs grew 5.8 percent, with 0.5 percent growth in manufacturing. Government jobs grew by 6.2 percent.

As an animal lover, for me to see the U.S. military service dogs lined up in carriers, ready to be boarded on our last planes to leave Afghanistan for the United States of America, only to be left behind in a country overwhelmed with turmoil because President Joe Biden and Secretary of State…

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