St. Louis Call Newspapers

Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

February 15, 2019

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 Missou...

Our Call: County executives shall attend the County Council

Our Call: County executives shall attend the County Council

February 9, 2019

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 b...

Our Call: Legislators need to follow their own Sunshine Laws

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 1, 2019

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. Em...

Our Call: Crestwood takes some steps toward the sunshine

St Louis Call Newspapers

January 24, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd Editorial This column is going to do something that hasn’t happened in a long time: Applaud an effort by Crestwood in regards to the Sunshine Law. Yes, you read that right. The Board of Aldermen met in a closed session Jan. 10 to “lawyer up,” as they say, for the city’s lawsuit...

Our Call: ‘Better together.’ If Sedalia and Springfield say it’s so

Our Call: ‘Better together.’ If Sedalia and Springfield say it’s so

January 16, 2019

Editorial  You’ll soon witness unprecedented cooperation between residents of St. Louis County and St. Louis city. And no, it won’t be in the mega-city proposed by Better Together — at least not yet. Whether residents of the neighboring counties agree or disagree that they want to merge int...

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

Gloria Lloyd

January 10, 2019

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 b...

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

Gloria Lloyd

January 2, 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…. t...

Our Call: Little ones have dreams on Christmas. We do too.

Gloria Lloyd

December 19, 2018

Editorial ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through South County, Not a Stenger was stirring, not even a Trakas; The budgets were passed by all aldermen with care, In hopes that sales-tax revenues soon would be there. The residents were nestled all snug in our heated recliners at R...

Our Call: Council members need to provide their budget ideas

Gloria Lloyd

December 12, 2018

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd Call readers are familiar with the ongoing saga of the St. Louis County budget, which it appears will be the latest clash in a long string of them between the County Council and County Executive Steve Stenger. The county budget currently has a $10 million operational deficit tha...

Our Call: Ethics reform a welcome addition to Jefferson City

Our Call: Ethics reform a welcome addition to Jefferson City

November 22, 2018

Editorial Missouri voters overwhelmingly voted Nov. 6 for “Clean Missouri,” an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that governs ethics reform and changes the way the state conducts redistricting. Despite our reservations about the unknown world of the redistricting part of Clean Missouri, its...

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