Editorial

County officials can easily enhance 2018 transparency

Editorial: Our Call No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s election, St. Louis County officials new and old can immediately take a step toward transparency and accountability. And unlike most things in life, it’s easy. And free. On July 27, the County Council called an emergency meeting with less than 24 hours’ email notice to introduce

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Exercise your right to read up on all the 2018 candidates

This week the Call starts to roll out its candidate questionnaires for the primary election Tuesday, August 7. As longtime readers know well, the Call’s candidate questionnaires are the most comprehensive of any newspaper around. We try to ask a variety of questions that give you a real sense of a candidate’s positions. And although

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County officials need to work together for a change

We applaud St. Louis County officials for jumping in to tackle the problem of opioid addiction with whatever money and resources they can channel toward a disease that has devastated communities, including south county. We’re glad that they found such a worthy cause to agree on for once, and we hope that it’s a sign

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Students of south county something to be proud of

It’s not news to anyone picking up the Call on a weekly basis that south county is home to outstanding students accomplishing great things. This week’s issue features three schools that earned National Schools of Character honors, a feat that only 17 schools in Missouri and 73 schools nationwide accomplished this year. That adds to

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Simpson brings Lindbergh a true ‘decade of distinction’

Editorial by the Call A new era will soon begin in Lindbergh Schools, as Superintendent Jim Simpson retires at the end of the current school year June 30. Dr. Simpson has received many honors over the course of a stellar 21-year career as a superintendent in the state of Missouri, including a “decade of distinction”

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Change is in the air whether we like it or not

Editorial by the Call Change is hard. And as you can see across this issue, south county is changing. The changing of the guard certainly isn’t new. Beloved institutions like Crestwood Plaza and the Tesson Ferry Library are only memories. But this year seems to be particularly painful for those with nostalgia for the south

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Most Misguided Quotes contenders kick off 2018

Editorial by the Call The Call’s Most Misguided Quotes, in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year, are so popular that we continually have more and more elected officials vying for the honor. Here are our contenders from the first quarter. Just as in past years, 2018 is off

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Chief Silvernail was the model of a public servant

Editorial by the Call Former Mehlville Fire Protection District Chief Jim Silvernail, who died last week at age 74, may be best known as the longtime chief of the Metro West Fire Protection District. But the lasting impact of his five-year tenure in south county continues to this day for Oakville, Concord, Lemay and Sunset

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Sunshine Law changes are long overdue, needed

Editorial by the Call If this newspaper has stood for anything since it was founded in 1989, it has been government transparency. Sometimes it has seemed like we’re speaking, but no one is listening. Politicians just keep violating the Sunshine Law with seeming impunity, and the state reacts with the equivalent of a slap on

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