Editorial

Our Call: Happy Sunshine Week, and here’s to a better 2019

Editorial The current state of siege on the Sunshine Law seems to never stop. We wish we had better news to deliver during this week, Sunshine Week, a national initiative designed to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Two of the biggest success stories for the Missouri Sunshine

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Our Call: Mehlville’s achievement is deserving of a celebration

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd No one was happier than the editorial board of this newspaper when the Mehlville School District’s 2018 statewide test scores were publicly revealed Feb. 1. On the back of high growth in student achievement year-on-year, the district earned a near-perfect score on the overall rating the state gives each district, the

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Our Call: Compassion at county animal shelter? Not here

Editorial  As professional observers of government, and especially government in St. Louis County and the region, we often find ourselves shaking our heads wondering how a certain county official ever came to the conclusion that something was a good idea. Some things just fail basic aspects of a common-sense test. A good question for government

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Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

Editorial This newspaper will never compromise on the Sunshine Law. We don’t think our state legislators should either. It’s that simple. The Sunshine Law is basic — public records belong to the public, whether government officials like that or not. Yet last week saw a rollback in the Missouri House of the Sunshine Law so

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Our Call: County executives shall attend the County Council

Editorial Where’s Steve? That’s the question members of the County Council are asking after St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger missed every council meeting this year so far — and nine in a row as of the Call’s press time. As concerning as that would be for any county executive, last week also brought the

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Our Call: Legislators need to follow their own Sunshine Laws

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Missouri Legislature designs and governs Sunshine Law for every public official in the state. But ironically, the Legislature has historically exempted itself from that very law that it tells other government officials to follow. Emails to the governor, a school superintendent, a county executive or a city

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Our Call: Step up and run for office for you and south county

Editorial Interest in elections in various government entities ebbs and flows based on the year and the issue, but this year might be a first: The year when there are zero competitive races in municipal/school board/fire board elections in south county. We can’t ever recall that happening. But barring a flurry of last-minute candidates when

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Our Call: Auld acquaintance, auld lang syne, here’s to 2019

Editorial  By Gloria Lloyd  Happy New Year! Inspired by south county’s third- and fourth-graders who submitted their New Year’s resolutions to us, we thought we’d come up with our own hopes for 2019. Elizabeth from Sappington Elementary wished, “My New Year’s letter is going to be…. try not to fight with my annoying brothers! Because

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