Our Call

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

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 Ronnie’s, While visions of government transparency

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Our Call: Ethics reform a welcome addition to Jefferson City

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 ethics reforms are long overdue. The amendment limits lobbyist gifts to legislators

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