An open letter to the governor:
Dear Gov. Haslam, As a consumer I appreciate not paying sales taxes on purchases made through Amazon.com. But as a Tennessee resident, I don’t appreciate it one bit.
Tennessee depends on sales tax revenue for schools, roads, law enforcement and all the other vital public services that state government provides.
Amazon shoppers, including myself, should pay their fair share. No more, no less.
That sound you heard a few days ago were jaws dropping in newsrooms all over Knoxville when a certain political TV ad began airing.
For years the Pilot PR machine has bashed anyone in the local media who was foolish enough to describe the business founded by James A Haslam II, the company’s powerful and politically connected chairman, as a truck stop operator.
The hammer has come down hard on those who dared utter “Pilot” and “truck stop” in the same sentence. It’s travel centers. Repeat: travel centers. Don’t make that mistake again.
Which makes one wonder how the TV spot ever saw the light of day.