As we begin the 120th term of the Indiana General Assembly, there’s been a lot of movement in committee assignments that could impact Indiana’s electric cooperatives — and members like you — throughout the state. One key committee that can really shape the landscape of safe, affordable and reliable electric service throughout the Hoosier state… Continue reading.
When I was in grade school in the early 1970s, our neighbors across the alley had a concrete basketball court in their back-yard. That square slab was a magnet for guys of every size — from high school to grade school — in each of their three sons’ sphere of friends. Between pickup games, a… Continue reading.
By Brian Christenberry When I graduated from Indiana University with a political science degree, my career goals were straightforward — simple though perhaps a bit lofty. I wanted a position in state government where I could craft public policy, assist in drafting laws and just make Indiana a better place. My friends and family applauded… Continue reading.
Loopholes riddle the federal tax code. We’ve all scratched our heads or groaned whenever we’ve heard or read about some of the capricious and crazy deductions allowed by the IRS. Most tax incentives, though, do seem to make sense, and most of us appreciate and take advantage of those we can — such as mortgage… Continue reading.
By Tom VanParis What do these, things have in common? • Employees and directors from your electric cooperative, with paint brushes or power tools in hand, fixing up a local community center. • Lineworkers from Indiana’s electric co-ops laboring together to bring electricity to undeveloped countries — and changing lives and lifestyles of hundreds of villagers. • Canned goods collections for local food pantries hosted by electric co-ops and… Continue reading.
Where were you 15 years ago when a beautiful September morn suddenly turned into one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history? Those of you in your 30s or older will be able to answer that question in a heartbeat. You may have heard the news — initially about a plane crashing into… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling As a writer, I find fonts are my friends. Vocabulary is my vocation. Words are my wheelhouse. If you want to play a game of Yahtzee, I’ll probably opt out. But if you’re up for a SCRABBLE challenge, I just might be your girl. Did you know SCRABBLE fans can flaunt their… Continue reading.
by Scott Bowers Scott Bowers, Indiana Electric Cooperatves The week of July 10, 2016, is likely to be considered one of the most unpredictable and crazy times in Indiana political history — with both the Republicans and Democrats contributing equally to the political mayhem. Hill departs; Bayh comes back The week started with the unexpected… Continue reading.
BY TOM VANPARIS The electric cooperative program is rich in history. And it’s the best kind of history — peppered with heartwarming stories from folks whose lives were forever changed as they worked together cooperatively back in the 1930s to bring power to their rural homes. Although I wasn’t around to experience the wonder of… Continue reading.
By Scott Bowers Indiana was the focal point of the country on May 3 as a record number of Hoosiers cast ballots in both the Republican and Democratic primary elections. The biggest story of the election was Donald Trump’s resounding victory over Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary…. Continue reading.
With an astounding 335,000 reservations and counting since Tesla’s March 31 introduction of the all-electric, lower price-point Model 3, the auto industry is buzzing with excitement. Tesla’s Model 3, priced at $35,000, won’t be in production until late 2017. Other all-electric vehicles are on the way, too, such as the similarly priced Chevrolet Bolt, as… Continue reading.
By Tom VanParis You’ll probably never see this in a diagram of how electricity flows to your home, farm or business, but power lines don’t necessarily run directly from the generation plant. They take a detour: through Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis. In either place, the legislative or executive branches of government can act like a… Continue reading.
By Scott Bowers On Tuesday, May 3, voters throughout Indiana will cast their ballots in the 2016 primary election. While the presidential campaign on both sides has dominated the attention of voters and the media to date, there are several other candidates on the ballot who have consistently shown a high level of support for the… Continue reading.