Where does Republican paranoia about voter fraud come from? Minnesota Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, recently argued “millions of Americans are now lacking trust in our (voting) system” and that “one of the fastest and easiest ways we can restore their faith and protect the rights of all l…

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On Thursday, The Free Press suggested that our first-year state representatives in District 19 may not have major roles in the budget talks between DFL and GOP lawmakers. That may be true about Rep. Susan Akland, R-St. Peter. It is not true about Rep. Luke Frederick, DFL-Mankato.

In St. Paul, some out-of-touch politicians at the Legislature are working to eliminate electronic pull tabs and electronic gaming. House File 2366 calls for eliminating games that “display or simulate any other form of gambling, entertainment, slot machines, electronic video lotteries, or vi…

For quite some time now it seems that our ability to generate data far outstrips our ability to put it to good use. An example appeared in the Sunday edition of The Free Press.

As a retired public health nurse I want to congratulate those students who received their COVID shots this past Thursday. My thanks goes to ISD 77, parents who signed permission slips and the Mayo Clinic for providing this excellent opportunity.

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Facebook’s Oversight Board has both applauded and admonished Facebook for clamping a gag order on former President Trump the day after his supporters laid siege to the national Capitol.

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Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

The St. Peter City Council failed to represent the interests of the city with the failure to pass the amendment to permit hobby beekeeping. The ordinance as written would have allowed a sensible balance between the interests of the hobbyist, neighbors and nature.

I’m a 2018 graduate of Minnesota State University. I was extremely upset to learn that a handful of students are pushing for the Abraham Lincoln statue to be removed in the Centennial Student Union.

While the verdict of "guilty, guilty, guilty" in the Derek Chauvin trial brought relief, it did not bring justice. Justice would have been that George Floyd lived.

At the Derek Chauvin trial the prosecution did not allege racism was a factor in the horrible murder of George Floyd. They argued Chauvin was a bad cop. They did not argue he was a racist cop.

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It seems like there are very few things politicians can agree on these days. But Minnesota legislators on both sides of the aisle support giving homeowners a chance to buy the land their home sits on in manufactured home communities across the state.

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For 48 years, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 required certain jurisdictions with a history of vote suppression, mostly in the old Confederacy, to get “preclearance” from the Department of Justice on proposed legislation.

I agree that it certainly appears that “There’s no intelligent life here.” Leigh Pomeroy had a great "My View" in Friday’s edition. Global warming or climate change is here. It has been getting worse since the 19th century. And as the science points out we are awfully close to the “tipping p…

I find it curious that our legislators across the country are focusing on transgender teenagers wanting to play sports. Why, with all that is happening in our country with the pandemic, violence against people of color, and families struggling to make ends meet, are we talking about bathroom…

Before The Red Jacket Valley Park was opened to the public it was touted, by this paper and other sources, as to remain a nature area. As little development as possible was to be done and even native prairie grasses were to be introduced. So I can't help but wonder why the powers that be hav…

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If you’re like most Minnesotans, you’ve been driving less and filling up your vehicle’s fuel tank less often than before the pandemic. When you do, you probably don’t think much about it other than how much you’re paying at that time and how quickly you hope to be on your way to your next de…

With Earth Day on April 22, we have reduced our carbon footprint by curtailing travel and our thermostat. We recycle. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that.

Monday morning I woke up exhausted. I didn’t sleep well, and I wondered if it was the adrenaline, the sun exposure or something else.

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Suppose you’re a visitor from another planet surveying Earth under a cloak of invisibility. From watching commercials on American morning TV, you conclude that this species is obsessed with (1) improbably-named medications for mostly rare diseases, (2) healthy cat foods and (3) luxury SUVs.

I was unbelievably proud to be part of the Mankato community this weekend. While we are far from perfect, and we need to account for our history, this Sunday the nearly 400 people who showed up to stand against racism and anti-Semitism spoke volumes about who we are and where we are going.

In light of recent news regarding the divestment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s Mankato property, I wish to assure our community that the Good Counsel Learning Center will continue to empower students to reach their full potential through individualized instruction.

I am a pastor and my church worshipped outside at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter on Easter Sunday morning, a day when Christians celebrate the power of life over death and love over hate.

I am sending this to you to thank you for the article that was in the Wednesday Free Press on Waseca Sheriff's department featuring deputy Doug Gerdts.

I read with interest the letter to the editor on April 6 submitted by Sheila Reinhart, a local liquor store manager, “Throw out harmful vape tax bill.”

A very small subgroup of people are falling through the cracks when it comes to vaccine availability. I will explain. I got my first COVID vaccine about a month ago at a pop-up clinic at Centenary Church here in Mankato.

As a business manager in Mankato, the news of the vape tax the Minnesota Legislature introduced shows they don’t understand the implications it has on retailers in our state.

Great news that former state representative Jeff Brand has announced his decision to run for election again to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

When the Senate passed COVID relief legislation recently by one vote, it wasn't considered a bipartisan action in the conventional sense. Supporters in Congress and the president made a good case, however, that the bill was in fact just that, since it enjoyed overwhelming support from Americ…

It seems popular lately to call any proposal we may not agree with a waste of taxpayer money. Both the editorial staff and a recent letter writer have said this in regards to Rep. Jeremy Munson’s introducing a bill to allow Minnesota counties to disassociate with Minnesota and join neighbori…

A few days prior to this writing, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, personally, she was scared of "impending doom" as COVID-19 cases increased slightly (12%). President Joe Biden said he agreed. Because opinions are like noses, i.e., everybody has one, I take a different view.

Rep. Jeremy Munson, why, when there are so many other critical issues, should leaving Minnesota to become part of South Dakota be voted on? It’s absurd.

Railing against social justice, Peter Pytlak's letter published March 24 doesn’t even define it. Pytlak portrays social justice as opposing “due process and equal protection under the law for all.” Wrong.

At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, we hold with sorrow and outrage the attacks, throughout this pandemic year and especially on March 16, upon our Asia American and Pacific Islanders siblings.

Thank you for featuring the five area residents who passed from the novel coronavirus. Each treasured soul is missed.

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