Democracy in action in county is great for residents

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd St. Louis County government has its problems, but in many ways it is also a thriving, healthy democracy. If anyone wanted to see that democracy in action, they could find it last week at the town hall on property assessments jointly co-hosted by county Assessor Jake Zimmerman and County Council members

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Play Gloria: Four governments should not all meet at same time

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd This summer, the Crestwood Board of Aldermen is holding its meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month instead of the second Tuesday. Usually that would be an insignificant summer sidebar. But it’s a step forward in transparency for residents. That’s because Crestwood government watchers, like their counterparts in Sunset Hills,

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Whether Blues win or not, they represent all of us

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com By the time this issue arrives in most of your mailboxes, you’ll know whether the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup. But at the time I’m writing this, all I know is that they lost Sunday and are set to play the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of

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Who will you honor on D-Day’s 75th anniversary?

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com As you can read in this issue of The Call, this week the Oakville High School Tiger Band will be one of the few bands from the United States granted the honor of performing in Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. This is not just an honor

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Erby served the entire county, not just 1st District

By Gloria Lloyd Several years ago, in the middle of one County Council brawl or another — they all run together after awhile — this reporter was talking to a group of South County residents outside 41 S. Central Ave. in Clayton, the Government Center, when 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, emerged. That

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Our Call: Mehlville’s achievement is deserving of a celebration

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd No one was happier than the editorial board of this newspaper when the Mehlville School District’s 2018 statewide test scores were publicly revealed Feb. 1. On the back of high growth in student achievement year-on-year, the district earned a near-perfect score on the overall rating the state gives each district, the

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Our Call: Legislators need to follow their own Sunshine Laws

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Missouri Legislature designs and governs Sunshine Law for every public official in the state. But ironically, the Legislature has historically exempted itself from that very law that it tells other government officials to follow. Emails to the governor, a school superintendent, a county executive or a city

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Our Call: Step up and run for office for you and south county

Editorial Interest in elections in various government entities ebbs and flows based on the year and the issue, but this year might be a first: The year when there are zero competitive races in municipal/school board/fire board elections in south county. We can’t ever recall that happening. But barring a flurry of last-minute candidates when

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Our Call: Auld acquaintance, auld lang syne, here’s to 2019

Editorial  By Gloria Lloyd  Happy New Year! Inspired by south county’s third- and fourth-graders who submitted their New Year’s resolutions to us, we thought we’d come up with our own hopes for 2019. Elizabeth from Sappington Elementary wished, “My New Year’s letter is going to be…. try not to fight with my annoying brothers! Because

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