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Myths & Mistruths

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Co-op Connection

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.

Letting this tax credit expire is loopy

Posted on Dec 01, 2016 in Commentary

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.

‘Doing good’ part of co-op DNA

Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in Commentary

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.

For those who dabble in SCRABBLE

Posted on Aug 05, 2016 in Commentary, Features

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.

Unscrambling Indiana’s Political Puzzle

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in Commentary

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.

Is an electric car in your future?

Posted on May 03, 2016 in Co-op Connection, Commentary

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.

AC power lines run through D.C.

Posted on May 01, 2016 in Co-op Connection, Commentary

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.