Column

‘The loneliest holiday’ doesn’t have to be lonely

Healthy Living  By Carl Hendrickson  I still remember Nov. 24, 1955, my first Thanksgiving without family. I was 18 years old and finishing Army basic training at Fort Ord, California. Although surrounded by more than 30 other young men in my platoon, I was lonely. In the future I would spend other Thanksgivings without family,

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Lindbergh’s ‘1984’ reminds us that freedom needs vigilance

Another View By Mike Tsichlis Lindbergh School Board I had the great privilege of recently attending the Lindbergh High School fall theatrical production of George Orwell’s “1984.” The cast and crew are to be commended for their chilling portrayal of a totalitarian society where words, history, and human identity itself are shaped and even erased

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‘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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A look back at last version of a Board of Freeholders

My Call By Bill Milligan, General Manager All the talk about reviving the Board of Freeholders in the wake of the Better Together fiasco this year has me remembering 1991, when I served on the last edition of the Board of Freeholders as one of the county representatives. My biggest memory of the experience, other

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Endorsements for the April 1992 election

My Call By Bill Milligan Editor wmilligan@callnewspapers.com Originally published April 2, 1992 These endorsements are in the best interest of citizens in St. Louis County. Whether you agree or not isn’t as important as the exercise of your constitutional right to go to the polls and vote. Lantos, Fowler best candidates for Mehlville Incumbents Alex

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Selected as elector, how could I say no?

    My Call By Bill Milligan Originally published July 26, 1990 It was Groucho Marx who once said “I wouldn’t belong to any club that would have me as a member.” That quote was the first thing to pop in my mind last week when St. Louis County Executive H.C. Milford asked me to

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Proportional voting could solve the Electoral College

Healthy Living By Carl Hendrickson The Electoral College has been a topic of discussion ever since the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump won with a majority of the Electoral College, but not the popular vote. To many this seems unfair. The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the U.S. Constitution, constituted every

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Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

Editorial Sometimes crime does pay. That’s the lesson courtroom observers learned from the Aug. 16 sentencing of former St. Louis Economic Development CEO Sheila Sweeney. Or should we say lack of sentencing, because Sweeney somehow got away with probation for covering up former County Executive Steve Stenger’s sprawling corruption scheme to exchange campaign donations for

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What will you do with the next year of your one life?

Healthy Living By Carl Hendrickson My wife, eldest son, three of our grandchildren, and I attended the Pompeii Exhibition at the St. Louis Science Center. According to an eyewitness account by the Roman writer Pliny the Younger, Mount Vesuvius erupted in August 79, burying Pompeii’s inhabitants in volcanic ash, and 1,500 citizens perished. The people

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