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Today is November 25, 2020

Editorial

This year is one for the books

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

When we look back at 2020, we will shake our heads and recall a time that challenged all of us in ways we couldn’t even have imagined. The COVID-19 virus, a divisive political atmosphere, an abnormally active hurricane season and storms and tornadoes that hit areas of our state hard were all touchstones for 2020 that tested our resolve, patience and endurance.

Although some might dwell on the negatives, we all know we have much to be thankful for this November, even though the holidays won’t be the same this year.

Electric cooperatives play an integral role in the communities they serve. It’s just part of an electric cooperative’s DNA. Employees of the state’s electric cooperatives live, work and play in the same communities as our members.

When storms and tornadoes roared through the state, our linemen were out and about working long hours to power customers back up. Our members lost power and our linemen restored power. For them, we are thankful.

Our linemen deployed to nearby states when hurricane damage ravaged other communities to power up those in need. I know our neighbors are thankful. And we are thankful as well, because when we need their help, our neighbor cooperatives will be there for us.

When the coronavirus made personal customer interaction — something all of our cooperatives take immense pride in — impossible for a time, co-ops adapted and made changes that made it easy for members to pay bills, report power outages and access the customer service they deserve. For that, we are thankful.

Of course, there are all of the day-to-day blessings we enjoy that we are thankful for — freedom, family, friends, careers and the roofs over our heads. For our friends who may not be as blessed, our communities and churches step up to help. For that, we are thankful.

And don’t forget about college football. For that, we are thankful — especially this year! Something else we are thankful for — the men and women who have sacrificed for something bigger than any one person.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and that’s the time we thank our military veterans for putting on the uniform and serving this amazing country. Although we have a specific day dedicated to it, we know every day is Veterans Day in Mississippi and for those who served, we are thankful.

From all the electric cooperatives in Mississippi to you, our members, we are thankful for you. Thanks for being part of our community in the worst of times and the best of times.

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