Ragsdale Roundup

Sandra Clark’s column this week deals with a juicy letter Ragsdale wrote to UT employee Cindy Ogle, who opposes his tax policies:

“I find it interesting that you work at the University of Tennessee. I suppose you were against the sales tax increase that the State proposed several years ago, so that the University could remain open and you could stay employed. Also, I suspect you were for the Governor taking State shared taxes from local government the past 2 years, so that you could get a raise.

From your message, it appears you work in the IT department. If Knox County’s budget had not been approved, I would have had to fire 4 IT employees. I guess this doesn’t concern you, since you have your government job. The commissioners you praise did not propose a single budget cut. In other words, they liked the budget, they just didn’t want to pay for it!

As a final note, my wife and I contribute gladly to the University every year because we believe in its mission. Your message makes me think that we have the wrong type of people working there. You were very candid about your feelings, so I hope you don’t mind me doing the same thing.”

I’m not suprised to see Ragsdale try to strong arm people like this, but it is disapointing nonetheless. It takes a lot of guts for Ragsdale to intimidate a UT employee like this, but hey, do we expect any better from our county mayor?

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Ragsdale Roundup

Sandra Clark’s column this week deals with a juicy letter Ragsdale wrote to UT employee Cindy Ogle, who opposes his tax policies:

“I find it interesting that you work at the University of Tennessee. I suppose you were against the sales tax increase that the State proposed several years ago, so that the University could remain open and you could stay employed. Also, I suspect you were for the Governor taking State shared taxes from local government the past 2 years, so that you could get a raise.

From your message, it appears you work in the IT department. If Knox County’s budget had not been approved, I would have had to fire 4 IT employees. I guess this doesn’t concern you, since you have your government job. The commissioners you praise did not propose a single budget cut. In other words, they liked the budget, they just didn’t want to pay for it!

As a final note, my wife and I contribute gladly to the University every year because we believe in its mission. Your message makes me think that we have the wrong type of people working there. You were very candid about your feelings, so I hope you don’t mind me doing the same thing.”

I’m not suprised to see Ragsdale try to strong arm people like this, but it is disapointing nonetheless. It takes a lot of guts for Ragsdale to intimidate a UT employee like this, but hey, do we expect any better from our county mayor?

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