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.

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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.

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…

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.

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.

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

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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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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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…

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.

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

Rep Jim Hagedorn voted "nay" on House Resolution 72. He voted "no" to removing Marjorie Taylor Greene from her assigned education committee.

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It’s been nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic altered what seems to be every aspect of life. For those of us privileged to work in Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS), the last 11 months has challenged us to think in new ways, tested our patience, and demonstrated that our community’s e…

Rather than feeling pressured to vote for the lesser of two evils, we deserve an election process that is fair for all voters, promotes civility, and produces outcomes that are a truer reflection of the will of the people.

I enjoyed reading Tom Maertens' recent "My View" as I usually do — but finishing it, I looked again at the headline, "Corruption, racism part of Trumpism."

It must be quite difficult to select what to cover on a Saturday when local schools are hosting wrestling triangulars, a hockey game and basketball games.

When Paul Wellstone went to speak with students, he often asked them to write what came to mind when the word “politics” was mentioned. He recalled that students responded with words such as “phony,” “big money” and “promises never kept.”

I am writing in support of Gov. Tim Walz's Clean Cars Minnesota. When I heard that transportation was the No. 1 source of climate pollution in Minnesota, I wanted to do something to change that.

History has a way of repeating itself. I wish some people would study Hitler's "Beer Hall Putsch," there seem to be a lot of similarities to "Trump's Insurrection."

The headline to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed, re-published in the Star Tribune, caught my eye: "Give Biden the chance Trump never received."

Rep. Jim Hagedorn has become an embarrassment to the state of Minnesota. He is one of 190 representatives who called for a halt to the counting of electoral votes.

Donald J. Trump elected president 2016. Republicans control House and Senate. Republicans lose control of House in 2018 elections. Joe Biden elected president in 2020 election. ( This is a fact, not a stolen election.) Early January 2021. Republicans lose control of the Senate.

The Free Press reported recently that Indiana-based MetroNet is expanding its broadband business into Mankato/North Mankato, St. Peter and surrounding communities to offer competing broadband options in markets already well-served by multiple ISPs with copious bandwidth at a time when rural …

I appreciated Jane Dow's Dec. 19 letter addressing payday lending in Minnesota. Payday loans are small dollar loans (usually $200 to $500) that become due and payable on a borrower's next payday, with hefty fees and interest rates well over 200% APR.

Construction of Enbridge Line 3 across northern Minnesota represents another in a long line of injustices perpetrated against the land, water and people of our great state. Further, it shows the hollowness of the governor’s campaign slogan: One Minnesota.

Thanks, Joseph Kunkel (Free Press, Jan. 10) for exposing today’s Republican Party as an “authoritarian cult, in thrall to a lying demagogue.”

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