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Today is May 23, 2022

Editorial

Working for us, year after year

By Michael Callahan

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

Welcome to 2022. I hope you and your family had a great holiday season and are ready for the new year.

January at Today in Mississippi is the time we put together our legislative issue.

We like the issue to coincide with the beginning of the new year’s legislative session, which begins in early January.

Our legislators — the duly elected public servants that we send to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the state capitol in Jackson — are the folks who represent us at the highest levels of government.

Because they represent you and me, and their jobs are so important to our communities, we want to make sure you know who they are.

Turn to the local pages in the middle of the magazine to see the names and photos of your lawmakers.

Never forget: our legislators are our friends and advocates. They work and fight for us.

Our government relations team stays in close contact with them while they monitor state and national legislation that affects the electric power industry.

Not coincidentally, lawmakers, representation, and democracy are at the heart of our January cover story.

We interviewed Meridian author Richelle Putnam about her new book, “Images of America: Mississippi in the Great Depression.”

In the early 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mississippi politicians such as U.S. Sen. Pat Harrison and U.S. Rep. John Rankin worked to bring power to rural Mississippi — an action that transformed our way of life.

That electric cooperative history is part of our Great Depression cover story and a reminder that legislators in Jackson and Washington, D.C. continue to play a crucial and vital role in our daily lives and the future of electric cooperatives and the power industry.

On a different note, some of you should be on the lookout this month for a reader survey.

We periodically seek official feedback on the magazine — what you like, what you don’t, and how we can do better.

This year, the survey is going out to a set of readers — picked at random electronically — by mail and email.

I hope you take a few minutes to respond to the survey, so we can make sure Today in Mississippi remains one of your favorite publications.

Also, this issue will be the last for longtime Today in Mississippi and Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi graphic artist Rickey McMillian. Rickey has worked with us for 21 years. Rickey is leaving us for a well-deserved retirement. We will miss his professionalism, hard work, and good humor.

Thanks again for reading, being part of our electric cooperative community, and we wish everyone a terrific 2022.

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