Editorial: Our Call

Our Call: Council GOP fumbles its chance to shine for voters

Editorial In the 30 years The Call has been covering St. Louis County government, it has historically been the Democrats on the County Council who have repressed free speech and public comment, while Republicans have been the voice of reason arguing that residents should have more access to their public officials. Democrats wanted public comments

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Our Call: South County, North City united by the Freeholders

Editorial  The Board of Freeholders is supposed to unite people across the region behind one vision and one way forward for St. Louis. And the board is in fact already uniting people across the region, but only because they feel unrepresented by this once-in-a-generation process. For the first meeting last week, the county Freeholders met

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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: 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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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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Our Call: The Planning Commission should be unincorporated

Editorial The St. Louis County Charter Commission is meeting weekly to decide on changes it could make to the county Charter, the constitution-like document that governs how the county operates. While the panel is meeting, here’s our suggestion: We believe it should be a requirement that members of the county Planning Commission live in unincorporated

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