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Call makes endorsements for Mehlville, Green Park contests in the June 2 elections

Call makes endorsements for Mehlville, Green Park contests in the June 2 elections

May 28, 2020

Mehlville school board Five candidates are running for three seats on the Mehlville Board of Education: Incumbents Peggy Hassler and Jean Pretto and newcomers Stacey Kenner, Richard Vagen and Jeff Wolman. What a testament to the district and its engagement that so many parents want to serve, even ...

Call makes endorsements in Sunset Hills elections for mayor and aldermen

Call makes endorsements in Sunset Hills elections for mayor and aldermen

May 28, 2020

Sunset Hills residents donated more pounds of food than any other city to the May 9 “Mayors for Meals” event, a testament to how engaged the city’s citizens are. This year’s election for mayor is proving no different. Mayor Pat Fribis is challenged by John Stephens, a physician who objects to the ...

More oversight is always better than less, even now

More oversight is always better than less, even now

May 2, 2020

Editorial What is the best way to spend the $175 million St. Louis County will receive in federal funds for the coronavirus response? Who should make those decisions? With a corrupt county executive ousted only a year ago and elections for county executive and council members only a few months away, part...

Our Call: Rallo shows the benefits of the business of corruption

Our Call: Rallo shows the benefits of the business of corruption

March 12, 2020

Editorial Businessman John Rallo was given 17 months in prison last week by U.S. District Judge Richard Webber — not a light sentence, certainly, but not enough for the crimes Rallo committed either. For his central role in ripping off all 1 million St. Louis County citizens to benefit his bank ac...

Our Call: A year after merger talks, Chiefs get a state together

Our Call: A year after merger talks, Chiefs get a state together

February 6, 2020

Editorial What a difference a year makes. A year ago we were lamenting the fact that the fate of the future of St. Louis government was in the hands of everyone else in Missouri except St. Louis. Yes, it was Jan. 28, 2019, when St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, now of South Dakota, and St. Lo...

Our Call: Closed sessions happen too much for transparency

Our Call: Closed sessions happen too much for transparency

January 23, 2020

Editorial For decades, we’ve believed that local government boards have held closed sessions for discussions that could and should be held in public. But without being in the closed sessions ourselves, that’s difficult to figure out and even harder to prove. Board members often misunderstand that boards...

Our Call: Charter panel, Freeholders should be open for public

Our Call: Charter panel, Freeholders should be open for public

January 2, 2020

Editorial The St. Louis County Charter Commission only had until Dec. 31 to come up with changes to the county Charter, the constitution-like document that governs the county, but it didn’t agree on any major proposals. The commission did choose to send at least 14 relatively minor proposals to the ba...

Our Call: Diversity and inclusion are important; so is Santa

Our Call: Diversity and inclusion are important; so is Santa

December 24, 2019

Editorial One of the longest-running traditions in the 30 years of The Call is local students writing letters to Santa, an annual chronicle of what toys are most popular and what hopes and dreams children have. Since at least 2007, students from both Lindbergh Schools and the Mehlville School District...

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

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

December 12, 2019

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 publ...

Our Call: Future of airport is not just a city issue, but a county one

Our Call: Future of airport is not just a city issue, but a county one

December 5, 2019

Editorial If, like us, you spent significant time at St. Louis Lambert International Airport over Thanksgiving, you know you have a stake in how the airport is operated. The city of St. Louis has been marching toward privatizing the region’s international airport for over a year, but so far St. Louis Co...

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