Former alderman appreciates paper being watchdog

(This is from a letter to the editor of the Call Newspapers in St. Louis.)
To the editor:
… Crestwood’s citizens need the reporting of the Call if for nothing else than to keep the current city government honest and from breaking the promises they made to the voters. Why?
Just recall the recent events surrounding
the excessive use of the not-open-to-the-public executive sessions, the change in the Civil Service rules regarding an employee’s freedom to speak to the press and it becomes clear to any normal thinking person that in the last three years Crestwood has stopped allowing access by its citizens to their government.
Remember the ever-changing budget numbers from week to week since September
2007. Remember Crestwood’s financial adviser … saying that it is “critical” that an actual number is agreed to for the excess in the general fund.
Remember the mayor stating that the city doesn’t need a tax increase.
Remember that and remind those in charge of that when you attend the city’s town hall meetings because I am sure the Call will in their pages.
Tim Trueblood,
Call Editor’s note: Mr. Trueblood served as a Ward 2 alderman for the city from 1993 to 2006. He was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.

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