Call the Tune

‘Sunshine Law’ leaves new editor in the dark

Editor’s note: As part of our “Blast from South County’s Past” series, here’s a look at how difficult getting basic public records was in St. Louis County in 1994. Sometimes it’s just as difficult now. Some things never change.  Call the Tune By Mike Anthony Originally published Dec. 8, 1994  I’m new at the Call.

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City’s residents have right to know who initiated suit

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen recently voted in closed session to authorize City Attorney Robert E. Jones to file a lawsuit against the owners of a property on Rayburn Avenue “to obtain judgment for payment of the city’s special tax bill.” Aldermen voting to authorize

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Lindbergh Schools returns to being one happy family

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com It’s good to see that Lindbergh Schools is one happy family again, after a couple years of employee unrest over salaries, the negotiations process and other issues. As we reported last week, the Board of Education voted unanimously earlier this month to approve the district’s 2017-2018

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Two local school boards honored for their service

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Serving on a board of education is a thankless, time-consuming job. Board members are an easy target for criticism by residents, employees and the media. That’s why we applaud members of the Lindbergh and Mehlville school boards for stepping up and volunteering their time to serve

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Unsuccessful candidates still whining about losses

The April 4 election is long over, but some unsuccessful candidates can’t seem to let it go. The voters have spoken and their word is final. Yet almost on a daily basis, we see some of the unsuccessful candidates whining on social media about their “unfair” treatment at the hands of the “biased,” “one-sided” press

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City officials suffer from severe buyer’s remorse

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Crestwood officials must be suffering from a severe case of buyer’s remorse, given the lawsuit they filed last week challenging the constitutionality of two state laws requiring the city to make annual payments to the Affton Fire Protection District. The laws require Crestwood to make annual

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County Council continues to make baffling decisions

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Once again, we’re baffled by the actions of the County Council. Since the new County Council was seated in January, many of the council’s bizarre and erratic actions haven’t gone unnoticed by the public or press. And just last week we saw another example of this,

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You certainly can’t believe everything on social media

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com You certainly can’t believe everything you read on social media. Never was that more evident than during the months leading up to the April 4 election, as we saw numerous people make many, many claims without a shred of evidence to support them — not to

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2017 off to very strong start for Most Misguided Quotes

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com   The first quarter of 2017 provided many suitable candidates for Most Misguided Quotes. Consider these first-quarter candidates for our annual tradition in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year. In response to a Crestwood alderman’s request for an update

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Trakas’ decision to block company’s move baffling

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com During his campaign for the 6th District County Council seat last year, Republican Ernie Trakas of Oakville pledged to be responsive to south county residents, as opposed to his predecessor, Democrat Kevin O’Leary of Oakville. Quite frankly, the bar was set pretty low, as O’Leary’s short

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