Call Editorial

Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

Editorial  We welcome the news last week that county Assessor Jake Zimmerman is jumping into the Democratic primary race for county executive. So far, Zimmerman is the only candidate officially in the race, but County Executive Sam Page kicks off his campaign Nov. 21. Page has the advantage of currently holding the office, but Zimmerman

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Our Call: South County needs more than one single Freeholder

An Editorial from Call Newspapers We were as hopeful as anyone about the Board of Freeholders, the once-in-a-generation city-county board that is convening to decide whether to change the way the region operates. But we have to officially oppose the appointments because South County is already being ignored in the process, with a single seat

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Our Call: Stenger’s campaign speeches could use revising

Editorial Imagine if Steve Stenger had run an honest campaign for re-election as St. Louis County executive. What would he have said? We’ll use Stenger’s own words — but certainly not the ones he trumpeted in his campaign literature. He always proclaimed that he was an “attorney and CPA,” but he’s neither anymore. The campaign’s

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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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It took 18 months, but you did indeed save Tower Tee

By Gloria Lloyd There were people who said Tower Tee could not be saved. They said it would never come back. But a group of highly organized, very determined South County residents still came to St. Louis County Council meetings every week, rain or shine, winter or summer, meeting after meeting for 18 months. And

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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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Sunset Hills should keep its slower zoning process

By Gloria Lloyd We applaud the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen for maintaining the current policy of requiring second readings for all bills unless all seven aldermen agree otherwise. The system in Sunset Hills is currently set up so that legislation automatically gets a first reading one month and a second reading the next month,

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Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

Editorial This newspaper will never compromise on the Sunshine Law. We don’t think our state legislators should either. It’s that simple. The Sunshine Law is basic — public records belong to the public, whether government officials like that or not. Yet last week saw a rollback in the Missouri House of the Sunshine Law so

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