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Our Call: Closed sessions happen too much for transparency

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 don’t have to go into closed session for

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

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 ballot, as reported this week

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

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 have participated in The Call’s

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

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 public officials. Democrats wanted public comments

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

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 meeting last week, the county Freeholders met

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

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 currently holding the office, but Zimmerman

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Our Call: South County needs more than one single Freeholder

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 ignored in the process, with a single seat

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Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

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 Steve Stenger’s sprawling corruption scheme to exchange campaign donations for

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