Mt. Juliet City Manager starts his own blog

Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson started his own blog last night, and began with a flurry of posts. Robertson’s blog can be found at http://citymanagerreport.blogspot.com.

Somewhat mysteriously, the blog has been taken from public to private status this morning. Attempting to access the blog leads to a screen that says that “This blog is open to invited readers only.”

The blog has now been reset for full public access.

Although it is no longer publicly accessible at that site, here is what Robertson said in his initial post:

Inaugural Posting

Hello MJ:

This is the first in what I hope will be an on-going narrative regarding events in our city. I recently had the opportunity to attend the International City Manager’s Association annual conference. One of the conference agenda items concerned how city leaders told their stories. Although Mt. Juliet has two award winning local newspapers, both are weeklies, often meaning important stories aren’t available for 7 days. We also do not have a Public Information or Public Affairs representative on staff, meaning we are not in a position to share timely information with our citizens. This forum won’t fix those issues, but it will serve as a another source of information for those we serve.

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  1. Butch Huber

    This is hilarious, Randy Robertson is so shaken by the fact that he cannot control those of us who post on Radiofree that he is starting his own blog. I read his blog last night, and I must say that the tone of what he has written there is entirely inappropriate. It is obvious that Randy Robertson doesn’t want the public to know the truth about what is going on in government. Where we speak the truth and open the discourse to dissenting views, Randy is using his position as city manager to control the flow of information. Now, even in his blog, he is controlling who gets to read what is written. He states that he is using this blog to tell their story…but I guess he wants to control who hears it! Funny stuff!

    Now we have selective dissemination of what should be public information! It appears that Randy’s head is going to spin around and pop-off! He reads Radiofree, he can’t stand what we write, so rather than keeping his blog open to dissenting views, and rather than keeping his blog open to the public, he is going under cover. As if we can’t penetrate his blog…ha, ha, ha. Randy, just in case you don’t know, there are people around you every day who act like they are on your side, but who feed us information. You never hear their names, and you won’t know who they are, so when you invite them to read your blog, we will know what you are writing. Do you really think you are that clever? Randy, have you ever heard the phrase “you show me yours and I’ll show you mine”? We here at radiofree invite dissenting views and public debate over the issues. If you ever want to actually debate me let’s get to it. I simply couldn’t think of a much worse selection for city manager than you (except perhaps Peter Bergman…Linda’s first choice). You simply don’t know who you work for, Randy. Your attitude toward citizens, which is clearly demonstrated by your writing in your new blog, is absolutely inappropriate and unacceptable. However, unlike you, when Linda turns on you and stabs you in the back, I will still be the same…a person looking for accountability in government. You on the other hand, will be wiping egg from your face. You are betting on the wrong horse and you don’t know it.

  2. Jacob

    I’m new to the city, and happened across this site by chance while googling the other day. But I know many City Manager’s have blog sites. I just moved from Eden Prairie, MN and our City Manager had one. Just FYI.

  3. Butch Huber

    An anathema?! Our blog is an anathema?! That is what Randy Robertson calls blogs…an anathema! Hmmm.

    Let’s define the word “anathema”:

    1) Someone or something that is hated, detested, or despised.
    2) Someone or something for which one has great disdain.
    3) A cursed or damned thing or person.

    Perhaps Randy Robertson should do some reading:

    I have herein included some things of which Randy should become acquainted.

    UNITED NATIONS
    DECLARATION
    OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

    ARTICLE 19

    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

    RANDY, ARTICLE 19 ABOVE INCLUDES BLOGS! IMAGINE THAT! WE HAVE A RIGHT TO RECEIVE AND IMPART INFORMATION AND IDEAS THROUGH “ANY MEDIA”!!! WOW!!! WHAT AN “ANATHEMA”!!!!

    UNITED NATIONS:

    INTERNATIONAL COVENANT
    ON
    CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS

    

    Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI)of 16 December 1966 entry into force 23 March 1976, in accordance with Article 49

    ARTICLE 19

    1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.

    2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

    3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

    (a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;

    (b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

    ONCE AGAIN, RANDY, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPRESS OURSELVES THROUGH ANY MEDIA WE DESIRE!!!! AREN’T THE FREEDOMS GRANTED TO US A CITIZEN WHAT YOU SERVED 30+ YEARS IN THE MILITARY TO PROTECT? I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR SERVICE, BY MY 9+ YEARS IN THE NAVY WERE TO HELP PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, NOT TO LEARN HOW TO RESTRICT THEM!!!

    ARTICLE 21

    THE RIGHT OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY

    The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

    RANDY, “BLOGS” ARE A FORM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND THE EXPRESSION OF OPINIONS AND CONVEYANCE OF INFORMATION THROUGH THEM IS PROTECTED BY LAWS AND TREATIES!

    ARTICLE 25

    Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions mentioned in article 2 and without unreasonable restrictions:

    (a) To take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives;

    WOW, RANDY, I THINK THAT WHAT SUBSECTION (a) IS SAYING IS THAT WE HAVE A RIGHT TO TAKE PART IN THE PROCESS! IT’S KIND OF LIKE REAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR CITIZENS TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS! I WONDER WHY THAT IS?

    (b) To vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors;

    (c) To have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in his country.

    HMMM. RANDY, DO YOU THINK THAT THE REASON WE EXIST IS BECAUSE PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS CITY GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF ORDER AND THAT ONLY A CHOSEN FEW HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN MT. JULIET? I MEAN, HEY, WHEN 9% OF THE PEOPLE CAN CAUSE THREE ELECTED OFFICIALS, THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY ATTORNEY TO IGNORE OBVIOUS LAWS SO THAT THEY CAN GET THE GOVERNMENT TO SPEND ALL OF THE PEOPLE’S MONEY ON A PROJECT THAT ONLY THE 9% WANT, IT KINDA SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE ONE GROUP WITH REPRESENTATION AND ANOTHER GROUP WITHOUT IT, BUT I GUESS THAT IS JUST ME!

    UNITED NATIONS:

    INTERNATIONAL COVENANT
    ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL,
    AND CULTURAL
    RIGHTS

    RIGHT TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

    In some jurisdictions the right to public participation is enshrined by law. The right to public participation may also be conceived of as human right, or as manifestation of the right to freedom of association and freedom of assembly. As such the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, have public participation and freedom of information provisions in their legal systems since before the Middle Ages.[7] Democracy and public participation are closely connected democratic societies have incorporated public participation rights into their laws for centuries. For example, in the US the right to petition has been part of the first Amendment of the US constitution since 1791.[7]
    It is assumed that public participation depends on the public’s access to information. hence laws regarding public participation often deal with the issue of the right to know, access of information and freedom of information.[7]
    The right to participation may also be advanced in the context of equality and group rights, meant to ensure equal and full participation of a designated group in society. For example in the context of disabled people.

    UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
    AMENDMENT I (1791)

    RANDY, I KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IS AN ANATHEMA TO YOU AS WELL, BUT YOU KNOW, IT HAS SERVED US WELL FOR A VERY LONG TIME NOW, IT WAS SERVING US WELL BEFORE YOU BECAME KING OF MT. JULIET, AND IT WILL SERVE US WELL AFTER YOU ARE GONE.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    HMMM. SEEMS LIKE THEY WANTED US TO TALK AMONGST OURSELVES AND TO BECOME INVOLVED!

    TENNESSEE STATE CONSTITUTION

    SEC. 1. ALL POWER INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE_GOVERNMENT UNDER THEIR CONTROL

    That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.

    SEEMS LIKE THEY KNEW THAT THERE WOULD COME A TIME WHEN GOVERNMENTS WOULD NEED TO BE OVERTHROWN AND REPLACED TO ENSURE THE PROTECTIONS OF OUR NATURAL BORN RIGHTS. I WONDER IF NOW IS THE TIME TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT IN MT. JULIET AND REPLACE IT WITH ONE THAT WILL FOLLOW THE LAW?

    SEC. 2. DOCTRINE OF NONRESISTANCE CONDEMNED

    That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

    SECTION 2 ABOVE SAYS WE HAVE A DUTY A CITIZENS TO THROW OFF OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT, NOT JUST THE RIGHT TO THROW OFF OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT, BUT RATHER THE DUTY TO DO SO.

    SEC. 19. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS. —

    That the printing presses shall be free to every person to examine the proceedings of the Legislature; or of any branch or officer of the government, and no law shall ever be made to restrain the right thereof. The free communication of thoughts and opinions, is one of the invaluable rights of man, and every citizen may freely speak, write, and print on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty. But in prosecutions for the publication of papers investigating the official conduct of officers, or men in public capacity, the truth thereof may be given in evidence; and in all indictments for libel, the jury shall have a right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other criminal cases.

    RANDY, THIS IS WHAT STARTED IT ALL!

    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    RANDY, ACCORDING TO YOU I SHOULD JUST GET OVER WHAT THE CITY MAYOR AND OTHERS HAVE DONE TO ROB SHEARER, BOBBY FRANKLIN, HATTON WRIGHT, DEBBIE MOSS, LOUIS OLIVER, CATHY REITZ, AND OTHERS. COULD IT BE THAT YOU FEEL THAT WAY BECAUSE IT IS IN YOUR OWN FINANCIAL BEST INTERESTS FOR ME TO DO SO? I MEAN, IF THE TRUTH WERE TO BE EXAMINED, YOU WOULD BE OUT OF A JOB! ROB SHEARER WAS ILLEGALLY CAUSED TO RESIGN UNDER DURESS. SUNSHINE LAWS WERE VIOLATED IN ORDER FOR THE CITY TO OBTAIN HIS RESIGNATION. UNDER TENNESSEE STATE LAW, IN CASES WHERE ACTIONS ARE TAKEN WHERE THE OPEN MEETINGS LAWS ARE VIOLATED THE ACTIONS HAVE TO BE NULLIFIED AND VOIDED. I INFORMED THE COMMISSION OF THIS ISSUE AND THEY IGNORED ME. NOW, BECAUSE IT IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST FOR ME TO LET IT DROP, YOU TELL ME THAT MY EFFORTS ARE VALUED IF I DROP THE ISSUES OF THE PAST. THAT IS SAYING THAT MY EFFORTS TO GET THIS CITY TO RECKON ITS PAST VIOLATION UNDER THE RULE OF LAW ARE NOT VALUED! AND YOU ARE OUR LEADER? I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T WANT TO SERVE UNDER YOUR COMMAND! I BET YOU ARE THE TYPE OF COMMANDER WHOSE BOOTS ARE THE LAST TO TOUCH GROUND AND THE FIRST TO LEAVE!

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    (HOW IS IGNORING TCA (TENNESSEE LAW) ANY DIFFERENT? I READ IN THE CHRONICLE TODAY THAT WILL SELLERS STATED THAT THE CITY OF MT JULIET HAS MADE AN OFFER TO THE COUNTY TO PAY THEM $2,000,000 FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE OLD MOUNT JULIET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITE. HE IS REPORTED TO HAVE STATED THAT THE OFFER INCLUDED A CREDIT OF $950,000 SPENT TO IMPROVE THE ROAD LEADING TO THE NEW MT. JULIET HIGH SCHOOL. FOLKS, THE CITY DOES NOT HAVE $950,000 TO USE TO SPEND DOWN THAT CREDIT EXCEPT TO USE BOND FUNDS TO DO SO. BY MAKING THIS OFFER, IN MY OPINION (AND, I BELIEVE, IN THE OPINION OF SOMEONE VERY IMPORTANT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IN WILSON COUNTY) IS BOND FRAUD. THEY ARE ALSO MAKING AN OFFER BASED ON A BOND OFFER TO BE MADE NEXT SUMMER. ISN’T THIS DEAL A LITTLE PREMATURE? I AM LOOKING INTO GETTING A COPY OF THAT OFFER SO I CAN LET YOU (AND THE SEC) KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE DONE HERE. BEYOND ALL OF THAT, THE CITY MANAGER, NOR ANY OTHER PERSON, HAS BEEN GRANTED AUTHORITY TO MAKE SUCH AN OFFER! THE CITY PASSED AN ORDINANCE EARLIER THIS YEAR DIRECTING CITY MANAGER RANDY ROBERTSON TO MAKE AN OFFER TO PURCHASE THAT LAND UNDER STRICT GUIDELINES. THE OFFER THAT IS REPORTED IN THE PAPER FAILS TO MEET THAT DIRECTIVE. IN FACT, THE ORDINANCE THE CITY PASSED STATED THAT THE COUNTY WOULD GIVE THE “CITY” A CREDIT, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! THEN THERE ARE THE STATUTES THAT MR. SONNY GRIFFIN HAS POINTED OUT REGARDING THE CERTIFICATION OF FUNDS. THEY COMPLETELY IGNORED THOSE STATUTUES!

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    LIKE A HOTEL/MOTEL TAX? A TAX THAT WAS OSTENSIBLY ENACTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING CITY OWNED RECREATION AND SPORTS. THEN, ONCE ENACTED, IT WAS SUMMARILY CHANGED TO ENABLE THEM TO FUND THE PURCHASE OF THE OLD MT. JULIET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROPERTY SO THEY COULD GIVE IT AWAY TO THE YMCA!

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    WHEN A GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ASSENT TO LAWS, WHEN IT IGNORES THE WILL OF VOTERS, WHEN IT MANIPULATES THE LAW, WHEN IT TREADS UPON THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS, IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY ALTERING THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT, THUS WE ARE OBLIGATED TO THROW SUCH GOVERNMENT OFF!

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    HAVEN’T WE REPEATEDLY ADDRESSED THIS COMMISSION ONLY TO BE IGNORED? HAVEN’T WE BROUGHT OUR CASE TO OUR LEGALLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES? HAVEN’T I PERSONALLY FILED AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT ONLY TO HAVE IT ILLEGALLY IGNORED AND DISMISSED? HAVEN’T THEY VIOLATED LAW AFTER LAW WITHOUT HAVING TO GIVE ANSWER?

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

    — John Hancock

    RANDY ROBERTSON, YOU MAY FIND OUR LITTLE BLOG HERE TO BE AN ANATHEMA TO YOU, BUT LET ME REMIND YOU THAT YOU ARE UNDER OATH TO UPHOLD THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, AND THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY. YOU ARE ALSO OBLIGATED TO UPHOLD AND ENFORCE ALL UNITED NATIONS TREATIES AND UNITED NATIONS PLEDGES AND COVENANTS, EVEN IF AND WHEN SUCH PLEDGES AND COVENANTS ARE NOT ENFORCEABLE IN COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    I believe I have made my case herein that we the citizens of the United States, the citizens of Mt. Juliet, and the citizens of the world, have a right, a duty, and an obligation to speak our minds and to engage in the public debate. Your consideration that what we do is an anathema to you, Mr. Robertson, reveals your great disdain for the American process and for the people of this community. Your counting of the times that I have asked for public documents (which is within my rights as a citizen), your comments about my posts on this site (which is with my rights as a citizen of not only this community, but as a citizen of this state, this country, and the world!), your opening statements in your own blog (which is an anathema to me because you are once again misusing your office and power, you are restricting public discourse and input to those which you choose to allow, which is entirely different than what occurs on Radiofree (the only thing moderated on here are personal attacks against non-public persons). You are using a public blog and public money to fund and keep your blog, a blog in which your tone betrays your real feelings regarding the public: you seem to consider us subjects, not employers!) I wonder how long you would have kept your command in the military if you spoke with such tone and animosity toward your superiors?

    You sir, are the Administrative Head of this government in Mt. Juliet, you represent the city in all that you do and all that you say in an official capacity. You fail to do your job, which is to make sure that the city follows law and stays well within its boundaries. You abhor public disagreement with your policies, procedures, efforts, intentions, and actions. You act as if you have ultimate authority over the citizens of this city and that we are subject to you and your thoughts of how things ought to be, rather than what the law demands. Your idea of a public is one that is under governmental control, rather than a government that is under public control.

    We have a right, under the constitutions of the United States and the State of Tennessee to overthrow this government through peaceful means and put in its place a government that will not only endeavor to follow the law, but that will search out and discover the center of the law and endeavor to land there as often and accurately as possible. Where I believe that government should seek to find a place of neutrality, you seem to seek to bend and twist the law so that the majority of commissioners get their way. That, Sir, is not your duty or your function. Your duty and function is to kick the commission back in play when it is violating the law by instituting investigations if necessary (which is your right and duty), and by reminding them of the law as they play out their roles as our representatives in this city.

    You, sir, are forgetting who you ultimately work for, and as such, when you characterize our public discussions and our efforts as an anathema to you, what you are saying is that “we” are an anathema to you, and you are declaring that from an official position. You sir, should be fired at the earliest possible moment and replaced with someone who appreciates citizens who enter the process and play their duty bound roles in society.

    There should be a full and thorough investigation into all of the events and all actions leading to those events surrounding this entire YMCA/Old MJES site escapade, including the fact that they illegally didn’t seat Floyd and at the same time seated Elam, Justice, and Hagerty.

    I was recently told by one of the members of the board of commissioners that I have no credibility because I only get involved with issues that might lead to the re-instatement of Rob Shearer. I was told that, because I don’t argue against things that I believe are illegal, but that somehow benefit me, and only argue against those things that I am against, I have lost all credibility. Let me address that here. First off, even if that were true, this commissioner is using that as a basis to not follow the law. That position is absurd. Even if I am using the law to get my way, I AM USING THE LAW! Get it? However, to take the position that I am somehow obligated by this commission to stand against every issue when they are trying to violate the law is also absurd….I wouldn’t get anything else done in life if I did that, they are always breaking laws! Futhermore, I do not have an active oath stating that I accept responsibility to uphold the laws of this country, this state, and this city, but these commissioners do. However, in spite of this ridiculous charge, I have spoken out again and again on many topics that have nothing to do with Rob Shearer. I can’t help that Randy Robertson is so incompetent that he makes Rob Shearer look really, really good! That isn’t my fault! I just tell the truth, the fact that the truth makes them look so bad isn’t my fault!

    Folks, your government is deceiving you. They are playing you for the fool! They are breaking law after law because they know that nobody will do a thing to stop them. I don’t have thousands and thousands of dollars to sink into fighting them, and I am perhaps the most vocal person in this city regarding their behavior. Until there are enough citizens who are angry enough to do something about what they are doing they will continue to do it!

    Randy wants us to go away and let him and Jason do whatever they want….remember, Jason Holleman is also a politician! Yeah, in case you don’t know, our city attorney is also a metro councilman for Nashville! He is playing politics from his office as city attorney! He reads the law and says that it says something other than what is written with words! Typical politician!

    Mayor Elam is talking about a get-together with the other commissioners to create some type of unity. I call that code word for strategy against the Cabal as she calls us. You know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, sort of thing? If they meet outside a properly called public meeting they will be in violation of the law….now that Ted Floyd is on the commission perhaps they will have a hard time doing something like that…let’s hope so.

    An anathema?! An anathema?! Randy, you being the city manager of this city is an “anathema”!

  4. marketing_101

    I put this up on Randy’s blog this evening. As I’m sure it will never see the light of day, I’d like to post it here, as well.
    I’m sure by now we’ve all either witnessed or have fallen victim to Randy’s Red-light Ripoff there at the corner of N. MJ Road and Charlie Daniels. Personally, I’m mad as a wet hen about it, and I would like to invite others to attemp to post to randy’s blog about this, his newest Grand Screw-up. Here’s what I had to say to Randy:

    It was disturbing to see the effect of the new traffic light at the intersection of Charlie Daniels and North Mt. Juliet Road on the afternoon it was turned on and over the weekend. One would think that before turning the thing on, someone would have documented the daily traffic patterns at that intersection and programmed it so that it would not bring the center of the city to a complete standstill.
    Instead, as most things in our fair city are done, we simply “do” as quickly as possible and damn the consequences.
    Not only did this light and the lack of setup cause complete gridlock up and down MJ Road, the thing doesn’t even have a left-turn arrow for those people bringing their kids to the park. Personally, I thought that was what the light was going in for in the first place!! Now, instead of having to wait for a while for a break in traffic to turn left onto Charlie Daniels, traffic is backed up to Kroger between 5:30 & 6:20 because there is no possible way to turn left. Why? Because there is no longer any kind of break in traffic. It’s red, or it’s green. The only way to turn left is to wait for a kind stranger or to just simply run the red light. Pitiful planning there, Mr. City Manager.
    (After writing this I realized this was probably done on purpose so Randy’s cameras could catch the folks turning left on red out of desparation. Pretty slick.)
    I’m not sure exactly what you’re doing there, Randy, but it doesn’t seem to be much of anything, except maybe taking care of personal vendettas, covering up attacks on city employees and hiding facts & information from taxpayers. But I’m sure glad you’ve taken credit for this wonderful light here in your blog and in the press. We have you to thank for it, and, according to a couple of city commissioners I spoke to over the weekend (where your light screwed up our Bears Homecoming festivities at the park), we should all take the matter up with you.
    Fact is, it could have been a good thing if you had the experience to have done it the right way the first time. But by God, it’s done!!
    Praise thee, Randy!! Great job, as usual!!

  5. Madi

    Marketing_101,

    I totally agree with your opinion of the “thought out plan” for the traffic light. The outcome was a predictable pattern with the decision makers in MJ.
    I noticed your comment … I’m not sure exactly what you’re doing there, Randy, but it doesn’t seem to be much of anything, except maybe taking care of personal vendettas, covering up attacks on city employees and hiding facts & information from taxpayers. Can you shed some light on this subject?

  6. Aunt Bea

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    I sense the main problem for Robertson is the total lack of vision coming from a commission led by an untrustworthy Mayor.

    Build a YMCA here, build a YMCA there, have a Park here, no – don’t have it there, Town Center standards here, no standards at all, no – lets make it voluntary, insurance benefits for commissioners, no insurance benefits for commissioners.

    Don’t you wish Garman made a policy GPS? The perfect gift for that busy Mt. Juliet elected official.

    Randy Robertson is only one symptom of the worst of all problems. Our elected officials have no idea what they are doing or how to accomplish it.

    I guess there is some comfort in being lost when you have no destination.

  7. marketing_101

    Looks like I’ve been put in my place (see Randy’s blog, 10/6/09), but right there is proof that the man reads this page and is beginning to feel some heat from the Citizens who are aware and interested in certain questionable issues arising from his and Elam’s offices.
    Knowing how Randy reacts to those who question his authority or lampoon him publicly, I’m sure he’s had me investigated and run through the TBI portal by now, so I can count on being watched carefully and/or followed by city employees. Judging by his comment, “although we’re pretty sure who it is,” it sounds like the issues that were omitted in his post made him lose some sleep. And, I wonder, just who are the “we” that he referred to?
    I’m actually looking forward to seeing what occurs over the next few weeks, and I’ll keep you posted if strange things begin to happen.

  8. Westsider

    I heard that Elam has turned against Robertson.

    Does anyone know if that is true? (and) If so, why?

  9. Butch Huber

    I am not sure, but I would bet she thinks he turned on her. It’s all a matter of perspective. Nothing surprising here no matter which way you look at it.

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