St. Louis Call Newspapers

Our Call: Council leaves the people out of people’s business

Our Call: Council leaves the people out of people’s business

November 26, 2019

Editorial How can you conduct the people’s business without the people? That is the question we’re stunned that we now have to ask of St. Louis County government. But it’s one that must be asked as the County Council has voted the last two weeks to move public comments at its meetings to the e...

Our Call: South County, North City united by the Freeholders

Our Call: South County, North City united by the Freeholders

November 21, 2019

Editorial  The Board of Freeholders is supposed to unite people across the region behind one vision and one way forward for St. Louis. And the board is in fact already uniting people across the region, but only because they feel unrepresented by this once-in-a-generation process. For the first mee...

Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

November 7, 2019

Editorial  We welcome the news last week that county Assessor Jake Zimmerman is jumping into the Democratic primary race for county executive. So far, Zimmerman is the only candidate officially in the race, but County Executive Sam Page kicks off his campaign Nov. 21. Page has the advantage of cur...

Our Call: South County needs more than one single Freeholder

Our Call: South County needs more than one single Freeholder

October 9, 2019

An Editorial from Call Newspapers We were as hopeful as anyone about the Board of Freeholders, the once-in-a-generation city-county board that is convening to decide whether to change the way the region operates. But we have to officially oppose the appointments because South County is already being ig...

Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

September 11, 2019

Editorial Sometimes crime does pay. That’s the lesson courtroom observers learned from the Aug. 16 sentencing of former St. Louis Economic Development CEO Sheila Sweeney. Or should we say lack of sentencing, because Sweeney somehow got away with probation for covering up former County Executive...

Our Call: Stenger’s campaign speeches could use revising

Our Call: Stenger's campaign speeches could use revising

August 8, 2019

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,”...

A new county executive, and we hope a new St. Louis County

A new county executive, and we hope a new St. Louis County

May 10, 2019

Editorial Dr. Sam Page is now County Executive Sam Page, the county’s ninth county executive. He will serve until at least Dec. 31, 2020, and a special election to fill the rest of former County Executive Steve Stenger’s term will be held in fall 2020. Page is not yet sure whether he will run ...

Our Call: Lindbergh’s finances well-run; Lake excels as leader

Our Call: Lindbergh’s finances well-run; Lake excels as leader

March 21, 2019

Editorial Lindbergh Schools is asking the public to vote for a $105 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue next month, called Prop R for Safe and Ready. The bond issue would not increase the district’s current tax rate, but extend current bonds for five years. The money would go to build a new a...

Our Call: Compassion at county animal shelter? Not here

Our Call: Compassion at county animal shelter? Not here

February 21, 2019

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 comm...

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...

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