Electrical Co-ops ~ Keeping the lights on

The country is full of electrical co-ops. These are the power companies you’ve never heard of. The ones that keep the lights on across rural America, employ thousands of lineman, and prove in every state, over and over again, that a career in the skilled trades is both meaningful to the individual and essential to civilized life.

Yesterday, the people who run these cooperatives came together for their annual meeting up in Seattle, and I was invited to say a few words about this and that. I did, and when I left, it occurred to me that these people are far too valuable to be allowed to gather in the same place at the same time.

Seriously – if Steven King is right, and we find ourselves one day in some sort of post apocalyptic Armageddon, these are the people who are gonna get polite society back on the rails. Something to think about, next time you flip a switch and the lights come on…


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