From The Publisher’s Desk (Oct 23, 2014)

On Sept. 23, a committee of seven city employees unanimously recommended that city council accept AON as their health insurance consultant over a local company’s less expensive bid. The council voted to approve the recommendation.

The next day, our Rust-owned daily proclaimed “City shuns cheaper local bid” and misrepresented that it was the city manager who made the recommendation to take the non-local bid.

The first eleven paragraphs of the article painted a city council and city manager who did all they could to take the city’s health insurance business “overseas.” Buried on page 2 in paragraph 12, the report finally mentioned the employee committee recommendation.

The next day the paper featured a completely uninformed editorial claiming that Kaplan and the council slapped the face of local businesses.

I find the willful disregard for facts both insulting and disgraceful.

Brian Becker,
Publisher SEMO TIMES




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After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as