Editorial

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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Write us: Behind the scenes of The Call’s opinion page

By Gloria Lloyd  Nearly every week, I get extensive feedback on The Call’s Letters to the Editor section, mostly good and some bad. The bad is usually from people who overlook the heading at the top that says “Opinions” and mistake individual letters to the editor for the opinions of this newspaper, or for articles.

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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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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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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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