The fates of surviving Christians and the defeated but still breathing Gladiators in the Roman Collisium hung on boisterous crowd feedback and a thumbs up or down from the Emperor.

Up meant ”allow to live” and down to ”kill.”

This powerful hand gesture lives on in places like the Free Press Opinion page. Its meaning is clear. Thumbs Up: ”That’s nice indeed.” Thumbs Down: ”That’s something that we can easily reject or condemn.”

On the May 18 The Free Press Opinion Page, I became confused, delighted and curious about the thumbs up photograph accompanying the topic of "Gun measures killed." Dramatically phrased, “two common-sense gun limitation proposals were killed” by the GOP’s Warren Limmer.

That’s where the thumbs up photograph confuses like someone relished this killing of a proposal, which would have been a success for Minnesota Democrats if it lived. Wishful thinking but maybe the Free Press’ opinion writers navigated their way back to the political center.

A curiosity for readers of the opinion page continues to be how far left of the far left is The Free Press’ opinions willing to go in the days of AOC and when there’s a group of Democrats who bugle themselves as Socialists.

The error of the wrong “thumbs” photograph was due to the missteps of a worker or two.

But errors beget errors. The modifiers commonsense and common-sense were both used for the same purpose in the "Gun measures killed" section.

Be diligent in your stewardship role as it serves the local media market, and a big thumbs up will be in The Free Press’ future.

Gary Pettis

Mankato

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