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

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