Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For the Missouri Senate

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For the Missouri Senate

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If all that mattered in the race for the area's only open seat in the Missouri Senate was the candidates' stand on individual issues, former state Rep. Gloria Weber, a Democrat, would be recommended over Republican Anita T. Yeckel. In this case, however, because Ms. Weber has been less than truthful in the past, voters in the 1st District in south St. Louis County have good reason to wonder whether she would be their best representative in the future.

Earlier this year, Ms. Weber submitted to the Post-Dispatch Commentary Page an essay under her name. After it was printed, its authorship was questioned; she eventually acknowledged it had been written by someone else and published elsewhere. Her grudging admission and her casual attitude toward properly crediting the work of another writer cannot help but make voters worry how forthright her behavior in the Legislature would be.

Ms. Yeckel's candidacy also has problems. She worked in the past for the incumbent, Sen. Irene Treppler, who waited to announce her retirement until right before filing for the primary closed. Ms. Yeckel then quickly filed, effectively blocking anyone from challenging her for the nomination. Some of her positions, such as her opposition to abortion rights, are troubling.

Still, her work on the Lindbergh School Board shows a dedication to education, and her overall approach to government is thoughtful. Above all, her honesty is unquestioned. First District voters would be better served by Anita T. Yeckel.

In the 3rd District, veteran Democratic Sen. John E. Scott of St. Louis faces principal opposition from Republican newcomer Leonard F. Arons, a teacher from Affton whose interests include education and the environment. Mr. Scott's long-time work in the Legislature on behalf of the St. Louis area has improved the region greatly. Though Mr. Arons' stands are well-meaning, he provides no solid reason that voters should not re-elect John E. Scott.

Senate Minority Leader Francis E. Flotron Jr. of Chesterfield faces Democrat James "Jay" Russell of Florissant, a long-time member of the Missouri House, in the 7th District. …

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