Listening In To The TVA Board Listening Session

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
I went to the TVA meeting Wednesday mostly to hear any remarks on the farmland situation that is playing out even as we speak.
 
Greg Vital happened to be one of those speakers as one might expect as he referenced the Project Viper and eminent domain. I really felt like Greg hit a home run by telling the TVA managers that this project was and has become about TVA using "heavy-handed tactics" to push through the Viper project. Additionally telling those same managers that negotiations should be the resolution.
 
Unfortunately, his time ran afoul of the the time limits for speakers. I sure hope that Mr. Vital can bring to the public's attention the additional pages of remarks that he had prepared for his presentation before the public for their consumption of how these tactics by a government program can run roughshod over the taxpayers.
 
Personally it appeared to me that this was not really about hearing the public's input about this giant government energy company's policies that affect us the consumers.
 
Former employee Brian Lee had a real and personal grievance to deliver and presented his case before the managers and the public. But again he ran out of time which put on full display the arrogance of top management.
 
At least one person thinks like Mr. Gore and that new Congress lady, that the world is going to end in 10 or 12 years because of the environmental issues of coal and whatever. 
 
The rest of the speakers sang the praises of Mr. Johnson who I admit has done a good job but not good enough to warrant the $8.1 million compensation package he received last year. I was musing to myself while listening to some of the 27 speakers total who were either jockeying for his position upon his retirement and or possibly publicly thanking him for their on average $14,400 per employee bonus.
 
Please allow me to digress at this point before I get mad again. Carry on Mr. Vital and Mr. Lee.
 
Oh and one last thing. All of those that didn't want your Paradise and Bull Run Plants closed down I wonder what is keeping your county or towns from assuming responsibility for the plants. As for me my recommendation is for TVA to sell, sell, sell. Or you could simply hire me as a manager for oneyear, I could really use the money.
 
Ron Ray

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