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Opinion | Maybe we can finally get somewhere on this | Richard Ransom

Local 24 News Anchor Richard Ransom discusses in his Ransom note about Mayor Jim Strickland deciding the electricity issue has gone on long enough.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — In tonight’s Ransom Note: the end of the power game. 

Today, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland told Local 24 News he’s done sitting on the sidelines on this issue of whether MLGW should leave the TVA and buy its electricity somewhere else. 

It’s about time. 

This issue has dragged on for years; mostly because the C-Suite at MLGW has never really embraced the idea of seriously exploring it. 

I get it. It’s hard to break up from an 80-year marriage. But those pesky studies kept showing we could save up to 450 million dollars with a new power source. 

That’s why I continue to believe there’s never been an issue that could be a bigger game changer for the future health and well-being of our city. 

But we do need to know once and for all, are the studies right? 

Like most good leaders, Jim Strickland has been patient and letting his appointees handle it. 

But now we’re at a crossroads, a stalemate between the MLGW Board and City Council. 

Good leaders also know when it’s time to step-up and finally giver our community the answers it deserves. 

If we can truly save the money all the studies promised, let’s do this. 

If not, then let’s move on.

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